Sunday, June 27, 2010

A cake that fell from heaven!

Angel food cake, that is.

Did you know Angel food cake is a no fat, full of protein treat?

I would have never known this as a kid. I mean, sure, the cake itself is full of protein and low fat (as a kid, clearly, not a priority to me), but what my family used to do whenever we made this was make some homemade whipped cream (hmm, I approximate a good 200 calories per serving considering the sugar and cream involved) and dollop that on the that you saw no cake- BUT we did put strawberries on it That made it healthy, right?

(roll of eyes)...

Are you craving a dessert with under 200 calories but is completely satisfying, but you don't want to exude a lot of effort in baking it? Read on.

Tip number one: Never ever, EVER, buy those boxes of Angel food cake mix or the store bought ones again when you see how easy breezy this recipe is. What you will need, however, is about a dozen eggs and an hour (a glass of wine or champagne doesn't hurt either!).

Here's what makes it:
  • 12 egg whites at room tempature
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1.5 cups of granulated sugar
Here's how to do it!

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Mix 3/4C of the sugar and the cake flour in small bowl.
Get your hand mixer (or KitchenAid) out. Beat all 12 egg whites in a larger bowl until nice and foamy. Next, add the cream of tarter and salt, and beat.
Gradually (seriously, this method works) add 1 tbsp at a time of the remaining sugar until sugar is all in the whites and the whites have soft peaks and are very shiny (this took about 6-8 minutes w/ a hand mixer on medium high speed). Lastly, you want to fold in the flour mix, a little at a time. (Don't know what the heck I am talking about when I say fold in? Check this video out!).
Now, place the mixture into a 16" tube pan and bake for 55-60 minutes at 325!
During this time, I like to sip on my glass of wine, clean up any mess I've made, and then wait impatiently until the timer goes off. You may do as you wish during baking time.
And, voila. A cake that fell from heaven.
Oh, you want more you say?

Oh, okay. How about a glaze that you drizzle on top of the Angel food cake and that simply enhances the lemon, vanilla, and almond flavor?

What you need for the glaze:
  • Juice from 1.5 lemons (about a 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • about 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
How you do it:

Just mix the ingredients together, adding more or less juice for desired consistency.

And when you drizzle this on the light, fluffy, yumminess? You get this.

The facts for the cake:
(Serves 12)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 slice

Amount per Serving

Calories 141
Calories from Fat 0.0
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 78.34mg
Total Carbohydrate 31.51g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 24.14g
Protein 4.67g
The Facts for the glaze
(Makes about a cup, serves 12)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 cup

Amount per Serving

Calories 42
Calories from Fat 0.0
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 11.67mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.82g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 9.9g
Protein 0.04g

Move along my angels, go bake yourself a cake.

1 comment:

  1. Angel cake is by far my favorite. And lemon drizzle? How on earth did you make an amazing thing even better?!?!

    I am going to try your recipe. My angel cakes are pretty wretched so hopefully a bit of your magic will rub off on me and my family can enjoy a slice of the perfect cake also!