Cakes

Lemon Angel Food Cake

I have discovered that angel food cake, by itself, is akin to a piece of plain chicken.

Very bland and quite frankly, booooooring.

But…. dress it up with powdered sugar and fresh berries, and suddenly it takes on a life of its own.

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However, if you’re wondering why there aren’t any berries pictured with the cake above, it’s because someone (Sabrina) used all of them for her juice and neglected to save two for me.

Lemon Angel Food Cake – adapted from Williams Sonoma

1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 cups superfine sugar
1 1/4 cups egg whites (from about 10 eggs)
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
Fresh berries for serving

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Sift together the flour and 1 cup of the superfine sugar three times; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the whites are soft and foamy. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup superfine sugar and beat until medium-firm peaks form when the beaters are lifted. Do not overbeat. Stir in the lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest.Transfer the egg mixture to a very large bowl. Sift one-fourth of the flour mixture over it and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold it into the whites using deep strokes. Add the remaining flour mixture in three equal additions, sifting and folding each time.Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and gently smooth the top. Bake until the cake is golden and springs back when touched, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and invert the pan onto its feet or the neck of a wine bottle. Let cool completely.

Gently run a long, thin-bladed knife around the outer sides of the pan, pressing it firmly against the pan to prevent tearing the cake. Then run the knife or a skewer around the inside of the tube. Invert the pan and let the cake slide out. Remove the paper lining. Garnish with berries and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Serves 10.
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