For the love of Angel Food Cake…
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Please don’t judge…. I know last week was pretty pathetic in the world of blogging.  I have really good reasons for my pathetic-ness.  For one, I have started a part-time job!  It is stinking awesome to be working again even if it is just part-time.  Not only that, but it is at an incredible place with unbelievably kind people.  So throw up a little “whoop whoop” for me. For two, (is that a phrase? let’s say it is) Josh and I went on a lovely impromptu vacation.  We drove up to Baltimore to visit Josh’s mom and see the sites in Washington, D.C. but you’ll see a posting about that on a later date.  So am I forgiven? Voondivva (*wonderful said in some obscure accent*)!  Let’s talk cake.

I love baking.  I love, love, love it.  It is such a wonderful creative outlet, and I have someone very specific to thank for my love of baking.  This lovely lady is one of the most delightful people I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend.  She is a gorgeous, generous, kind, patient, funny, sweet, and gentle woman and spirit.  Side note: I always feel awkward using the word “woman;” I very much still consider myself a girl or young lady, but I guess I’ll have to embrace womanhood eventually…. not yet though.  Back to this incredibly lady…. her name is Sarah…. I heart her.  Meet Sarah and her fantastic significant younger, I mean other, Nate.  Hi, Sarah! I stole this picture off your facebook, because I love you.

On top of her previously mentioned attributes, she is also the queen of baking.  The very first thing I had of hers? Angel Food Cake, yum. Super yum. I may or may not have eaten half of the cake in one setting.  It’s just so dang light and fluffy and wonderful!  Okay, it may have been more than half of the cake… details.  She has made it for me for my birthday almost every year.  Side note: Sarah and I were locker buddies when I was in 8th grade and she was in 7th.  Precious, right?

Well, way back when, I asked… Nay!… I demanded she show me how to make this heavenly (har har har, pun intended) dessert.  Because she is so sweet and I am so annoying, she did indeed teach me.  I learned so much in this lesson, but alas I never tried using her recipe again.  Until now!

Look at how lovely this cake is!

This is the recommended method of cooling the cake.  Pretty interesting, huh?

So I wouldn’t say making Angel Food Cake is the easiest thing, but if you know how to separate egg whites from the yolk really well, than you should be golden.  So go forth!  And take a bite of heaven!

Angel Food Cake recipe adapted from THE Sarah Z

Ingredients:

  • 15 egg whites (about 1.5 cups)
    1 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
    1 cup of sugar
    1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon of almond extract (optional, but not really)
    1.5 cups powdered sugar
    1 cup of cake flour
    1/4 teaspoon of salt
  1. Crack eggs and let egg whites warm up to room temperature in the mixing bowl (About 30minutes-1hour).
  2. Sift together the cake flour and confectioners sugar together 5 times.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, begin whisking the egg whites with salt on a low speed. Add cream of tartar and let froth.
  4. Gradually add the sugar while beating. Turn mixer speed up to medium high and let whisk until stiff peaks form.  Mix in vanilla and almond extract.
  5. Quickly and gently fold in the flour mixture.
  6. Pour into a 10-inch tube pan.
  7. Bake for approximately 45 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely upside down.
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7 COMMENTS
  1. Alissa

    Glad you guys had a great time on vacation. Even happier you’re enjoying the new job. Most of all, glad you posted the recipe for the angel food cake 😉

  2. Kaitlin Rogers

    Jill! You have a blog! And it’s wonderful 🙂 I’m so glad facebook lead me here. I will definitely be a loyal reader. Keep it up, and I hope to see you soon!

  3. I love the cooling method… And this is THE recipe? I’m going to have to try it sometime. Make sure to keep me updated on your photo adventures!

    • Amy, I’m so guilty… I need to make much more effort in the way of photography. Any suggestions for a project to work on?

      • Take a stage of life that you love and ask some of the people around you if you can take pictures of them. It’s terrifying. It’s admitting your dream. It means you could potentially fail, but it’s oh-so-worth it. As long as you do enjoy photographing people, of course. I started by asking my brother-in-law and future sister-in-law if I could do some engagement pictures for them. I was terrified. And I think I cried when she said yes. And that’s where I started…

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