Angel Food Cake

Serves: 4

Lighten up traditional birthday fare with this delicious angel food cake. Toasted coconut, sour cream and orange slices make for a fresh and elegant garnish –– you won't even miss the frosting.

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toasted coconut flakes, for garnish
1 orange, cut into segments, for garnish
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
7 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
sour cream, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Mix half the sugar with the flour in a spice grinder or mini food processor for 5 seconds. Remove to a small bowl and set aside.

Beat the egg whites with the vanilla, cream of tartar and salt in a large bowl, using a mixer on medium, until foamy. Add the remaining sugar (not with the flour) slowly. Beat just until soft, moist peaks form. Add the flour mixture, half at a time, folding in with a rubber spatula until incorporated. Pour the batter into the ungreased loaf pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Invert the loaf onto 2 cans so that the handles of the pan rest on the tops of the cans, allowing ventilation. After 45 minutes to 1 hour, remove the cake by sliding the knife around the edges. Cool completely and slice with a serrated knife.


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