Monday, 15 August 2011

Angel Food Cake

gluten free angel food cake with skor bits and whipped cream
Angel food cake is one of those things I really miss as a celiac. There's just nothing like it. So I was pumped when my mom offered to try and make a gluten free version for my birthday. It turned out amazing! Perfectly paired with whipped cream and fruit (or skor bits).


It's easier to make with a mixer, but you can do it by hand as well. The recipe doesn't use too many special ingredients, which is a plus, and you can use egg whites from a carton if you don't want to be left with 8 eggs yolks. Just be careful to follow the directions exactly.

Ingredients

8 egg whites (at room temp)
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup potato starch
1/4 cup rice flour

Directions

Sift together flour, starch, and 1/4 cup of sugar very well.
Beat egg whites until frothy.
 Then slowly add cream of tartar and salt and continue beating until soft peaks form (soft peaks look like rounded hills).
Add the rest of the sugar (1 cup) one tablespoon of a time while continuing to beat until stiff peaks form (egg whites stick up and don't droop).

stiff peaks


Gently fold in vanilla and flour/starch/sugar mixture 1/4 cup at a time.

Pour into ungreased 10 inch tube pan.  Watch to not leave air spaces. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes

After baking wait 15 minutes to cool and then invert the pan.  When it has completely cooled, cut around the edges to loosen from pan.  For best results, use a tube pan with a removable bottom.

 
You can freeze leftover pieces of cake (with or without whipped cream) for several weeks. Simply let thaw at room temperature for 10 minutes and enjoy.

6 comments:

  1. That cake looks super delicious! I want some!

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  2. Should have been there!

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  3. hi! i am a rookie baker and i found your blog very helpful for my next adventures with the oven. one of my first attempts is the one minute peanut butter cake.

    http://mytwistedrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/08/one-minute-peanut-butter-cake-adapted.html

    thanks for sharing your recipes

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  4. Nice! I will have to try your recipe out (using gluten free flour of course:)
    Good luck with your oven adventures and thanks for checking out mine!

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  5. OMG, this looks delish! My hubby is the baker in the family and we cannot wait for his attempt at this recipe. Thanks so much for posting it!

    One other idea for you around this cake. My aunt made an angle food cake each Thanksgiving that involved removing the top of the cake, hollowing out the center and refilling it with a mixture of strawberries (frozen), strawberry Jello and the cake bits. Refrigerate it until the center is set. Then ice with whipped creme. If you ever have a chance to try this approach, it's wonderful and worth the effort!

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  6. Lisa,
    that sounds delicious. I will keep it in mind next time I make this cake:) Thanks!

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