You haven’t really lived it until you try homemade angel food cake. We really don’t think these things are going to get any better. We’ve fallen in love with the store-bought version and never really considered making our own. Why spoil perfection? Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s more than perfect. Made from scratch angel food cake still has that pillowy soft, light brown crust you love, but tastes better than you ever imagined. You need to double check your baking supplies and make it now!
Angel food cakes are traditionally made in tube pans, but other pan shapes are also available. To make angel food cake loaves, use a loaf pan, but only fill the pan 2/3 full. Also make sure you leave the pan unoiled. You’ll still need to turn the cake upside down to cool, so find something that lets you put the edge of the pan on top to keep the pan upside down.
Sponge Cake vs. Angel Cake:
Angel cake is a sponge cake that uses only egg whites. The combination of egg whites and sugar creates a chewy, spongy cake. Other types of sponge cake include Genoise, Biscuit, and Chiffon.
Angel cake expands because the batter is able to stick to the pan and climb up as it bakes. It is important that any pans you use to bake angel food cakes remain ungreased to allow for this climbing. Do not over-beat the egg whites, this will cause them to deflate. You want to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Why is angel food cake cooled upside down?
Angel cakes must be cooled upside down or upside down. Otherwise, the cake will collapse on its own. The tube pan can be balanced on top of the bottle, or you can rest the rim against something raised (such as a book or cutting board of equal height). It is important that the cake is inverted immediately after removal from the oven and remains upside down until the cake has cooled completely, which should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
We know everyone wants to replace eggs with baked goods, but we simply don’t recommend substituting them with anything else. The egg whites give this cake so much structure, you don’t want to mess it up.
While angel food cake is delicious on its own, there are plenty of toppings to choose from:
- fresh berries
- Lemon Curd
- Chocolate Ganache
- Strawberries and Whipped Cream
As always, be sure to serve it with a big scoop of your favorite ice cream!