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Does anyone actually like Angel Food Cake?

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  • earlnabbyearlnabby Posts: 7,465Member Member Posts: 7,465Member Member
    I am not a big fan but when I do make it I make it from scratch. My grandmother was famous for her Angel Food and I use her recipe. When I make it, I think of her beating all those egg whites by hand since they didn't get electricity until sometime in the late 1930's. I am thankful for my Kitchenaid.

    My favorite cake to make with Angle food is a cake Grandma used to make with chocolate whipped cream.

    Make an Angel Food cake and cool

    Beat together until stiff:
    1 teaspoon Vanilla
    3 cups Whipping Cream
    1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
    3/4 cup Cocoa
    1/4 teaspoon Salt

    Cut off the top 1" of the cake and scoop out the insides so you have a tunnel with 1" of cake on all sides. Fill the tunnel with the cream, put the top back on, and frost with the remaining cream. Decorate with raspberries or slivered almonds.
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Posts: 1,429Member Member Posts: 1,429Member Member
    I’ve never had it, don’t know if it’s really a ‘thing’ in the UK or at least in the same form as in the US. We have Angel Cake 🍰 , which is usually a striped layer cake in the same flavour/colours as Neapolitan Ice Cream; chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

    I have thought of trying to make it though, at various times but have hesitated because I have no idea whether a recipe looks legit or not since I don’t know what I’m aiming for! I imagine it being a very light, very close textured thing, like a Genoese Sponge but with less flavour?

    Many seasons ago on The Great British Baking Show, the technical challenge was an angel food cake. None of the contestants knew what it was. It really surprised me, as it’s very common in the US. Growing up, we had it frequently, especially with mascerated strawberries and real whipped cream. Plain with no toppings, it has lower calories than other cake.

    Nowadays, I am not much of a cake eater. It’s one food that I don’t miss and I can easily resist.
  • nighthawk584nighthawk584 Posts: 888Member Member Posts: 888Member Member
    yes, with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate drizzled on it ;)
  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Posts: 2,275Member Member Posts: 2,275Member Member
    I’ve never had it, don’t know if it’s really a ‘thing’ in the UK or at least in the same form as in the US. We have Angel Cake 🍰 , which is usually a striped layer cake in the same flavour/colours as Neapolitan Ice Cream; chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

    I have thought of trying to make it though, at various times but have hesitated because I have no idea whether a recipe looks legit or not since I don’t know what I’m aiming for! I imagine it being a very light, very close textured thing, like a Genoese Sponge but with less flavour?

    Do you have divinity or meringues? (Crisp cookies) What about floating islands? Or the meringue on lemon meringue pie? The flavor is more related to these things.

  • estherdragonbatestherdragonbat Posts: 5,140Member Member Posts: 5,140Member Member
    Depends. I use an angel food cake mix for a bread pudding variation, using cake cubes in place of bread. And this?

    http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/267338/citrus-angel-cake-with-peach-and-plum-salsa/ Is absolutely amazing with or without the salsa. (The orange zest makes all the difference!)
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 19,722Member Member Posts: 19,722Member Member
    Angelfood cake is delicious when presented with copious amounts of dense sugar frosting. Think of it as a vehicle for eating the frosting.

    Yes, I popped in to say the same - it's a vehicle for the toppings. I'd use fruit and (real) whipped cream however. The grilled peaches above sound heavenly.

    I have some peaches that are perfectly ripe and looked up my Joy of Cooking angel cake recipe, but see it calls for 11 egg whites, and I don't feel like sacrificing that many eggs. I very much doubt boxed mix uses 11 whites. (Or real vanilla/almond extract.)

    Anyone use Egg Beaters for angel cakes?
    edited September 29
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 19,722Member Member Posts: 19,722Member Member
    Depends. I use an angel food cake mix for a bread pudding variation, using cake cubes in place of bread. And this?

    http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/267338/citrus-angel-cake-with-peach-and-plum-salsa/ Is absolutely amazing with or without the salsa. (The orange zest makes all the difference!)

    That salsa looks yum!

    I decided to skip the cake and slow cook my peaches with OJ and almond extract (instead of the cinnamon):
    https://simple-nourished-living.com/slow-cooker-peaches/

    These amaretto peaches would be amazing on angel cake: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/slow-cooker-amaretto-poached-peaches
    edited September 29
  • cheriej2042cheriej2042 Posts: 152Member Member Posts: 152Member Member
    I love it but my mom used to make it and she’s gone now. My dad liked it too. It’s so light and you can frost it with a thin layer of American buttercream. 😋
  • healingnurtrerhealingnurtrer Posts: 90Member Member Posts: 90Member Member
    I love it- it always makes me think of a happy childhood birthday. So a sentimental reason but I also think it tastes great w/ whipped cream and strawberries.
  • CaliValleyGirlCaliValleyGirl Posts: 257Member Member Posts: 257Member Member
    I love angel food cake, I can eat it plain
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Posts: 9,624Member Member Posts: 9,624Member Member
    I love it, especially the one my mom makes. It's so fluffy it literally melts in your mouth. The variation I like the most is with apple slices.
  • victory291victory291 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Okay now I’m craving angel food cake🤣
  • CaliValleyGirlCaliValleyGirl Posts: 257Member Member Posts: 257Member Member
    victory291 wrote: »
    Okay now I’m craving angel food cake🤣

    Same, arg
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 14,772Member Member Posts: 14,772Member Member
    earlnabby wrote: »
    I am not a big fan but when I do make it I make it from scratch. My grandmother was famous for her Angel Food and I use her recipe. When I make it, I think of her beating all those egg whites by hand since they didn't get electricity until sometime in the late 1930's. I am thankful for my Kitchenaid.

    My favorite cake to make with Angle food is a cake Grandma used to make with chocolate whipped cream.

    Make an Angel Food cake and cool

    Beat together until stiff:
    1 teaspoon Vanilla
    3 cups Whipping Cream
    1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
    3/4 cup Cocoa
    1/4 teaspoon Salt

    Cut off the top 1" of the cake and scoop out the insides so you have a tunnel with 1" of cake on all sides. Fill the tunnel with the cream, put the top back on, and frost with the remaining cream. Decorate with raspberries or slivered almonds.

    Where are the egg whites?

    Oh ... is your recipe just for the whipped cream?
    edited September 30
  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Posts: 2,937Member Member Posts: 2,937Member Member
    Only fresh, the store bought stuff is pretty stiff.
  • Sunshine_And_SandSunshine_And_Sand Posts: 1,241Member Member Posts: 1,241Member Member
    I’ve always liked it. I like the spongy texture and the lightly sweet taste.
    It goes great with fresh strawberries and whil cream too.
  • cbstewart88cbstewart88 Posts: 453Member Member Posts: 453Member Member
    I have never had it. But this post has made me curious....
  • battersea922battersea922 Posts: 40Member Member Posts: 40Member Member
    Which is better/worse...Angel food or pound cake?
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