Sometimes you just need a cake . . . Angel Food Cake is our cake of the day!
This recipe is a winner! It won a blue ribbon in the State Fair of Texas cake contest.
The delicate and beloved Angel Food Cake is a timeless American Cake. Sometime around the 1830’s, the first Angel Food cakes were made by the frugal Pennsylvania Dutch cooks. After making noodles with dozens of egg yolks, they couldn’t bear to throw away the egg whites. So they came up with a new cake made of stiffly beaten egg whites and a few simple ingredients. The AngelFood Cake was born!
Coffee Angel Food Cake
An award-winning cake . . . 2007 State Fair of Texas blue ribbon winner!
This angel food cake does not contain butter. However, please note that the frosting does contain butter. If you want a totally fat-free dessert just skip the frosting and dust the cake with confectioners' sugar. Your choice! It's delicious either way. :- )
- 1 tablespoon powdered instant coffee
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 1/2 cups egg whites (10-12), room temperature
- 1 t. cream of tartar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
Frosting: 1 cup room temperature butter, 3 cups confectioners' sugar, 1 T. powdered coffee dissolved in 1 T. hot water, 1 t. vanilla, 1/2 t. salt and 3 T. whole milk
Preheat oven to 350º.
Dissolve the coffee in hot water; set aside.
Sift together the cake flour, sugar, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until frothy; add the cream of tartar and continue beating. Gradually add 1 cup sugar; whisking until the mixture is at a soft-peak stage.
Be careful not to beat the egg whites until they are dry.
Add the coffee/water mixture and vanilla.
Fold in the flour/sugar mixture.
Pour into the ungreased round tube pan.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
Remove form the oven, invert onto a funnel over a wire cooling rack and cool.
Once cool, turn out of the pan. Ice the top and just the top of the sides with the frosting.