Some people like to make an angel food cake as a birthday cake. I have made this one before, and it was great. I made a butter icing, and just tinted the color I wanted. I put in those little dragees you see in the store inside the batter.

Angel Food Cake II

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Wash angel food tube pan in hot soapy water to ensure it is totally grease free. Let dry completely. Sift flour and 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar together three times; set aside.

    2 In mixing bowl, beat egg whites and salt on high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and almond flavoring; beat until soft peaks form. Peaks should be soft enough so they bend over slightly at the tips. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Sift about 1/4 of the flour mixture over the egg whites, and using flat spatula, quickly but gently fold into egg whites. Repeat using 1/4 of the flour mixture each time. Pour batter into clean tube pan. Gently cut through batter with knife to remove air pockets.

    3 Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean. Invert pan onto a wire rack to cool for 1 hour.

    4 Beat 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, butter, cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla together until smooth. Add more cream or confectioners’ sugar as needed. Frost the cooled cake.


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