We just celebrated my grandma’s 81st birthday the other day. My grandma is an amazing woman. She raised three children, then later in life, my sister and I. I really admire her strength, devotion and perseverance. Her whole life she’s been a health nut. Never will she put something artificial in her body, it has to be all-natural, even down to her skin care products (check out Sweet Apple Facial mask). The only cake she likes and has ever eaten is homemade angel food cake, so this year I took it upon myself to bake her one. My grandma loves her angel cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream, so naturally, that’s how it was served. Besides the ridiculous amount of egg whites, this recipe is pretty straight forward and basic. This is a no fuss cake and it turns out nicely golden and fluffy.
Ingredients – I’ve used whole-wheat pastry flour in the past for this recipe and have had nice results, as well.
- 12 egg whites
- 1 cup cake flour (regular all-purpose flour will work, also)
- 1 cup organic evaporated cane sugar (regular white sugar can be used, as well)
- 3/4 cup powder sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tarter
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the egg whites into a mixer, and let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Add cream of tartar, vanilla, almond extract, and salt. Beat egg whites until medium stiff peaks form, then, gradually add 1 cup of sugar. Beat until egg white form stiff peaks. Meanwhile, sift together the flour and powder sugar. Once eggs whites are nice and stiff, gently fold in sifted flour and powdered sugar 1/3 at a time, try not to over mix. Pour batter into dry un-greased angel food cake pan and evenly spread out (use a knife or rubber spatula to cut through dough to release air pockets). Bake for 40-45 minutes until lightly golden brown – cake should bounce back when touched. Once out of the oven, remove from cake pan and let it cool. Best served with fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream!