Do you know/like angel cake?
April 17, 2009 11:40am CST
Angel food cake is a type of cake that became popular in the U.S. following the invention of the hand-crank egg-beater in the early 19th century. It may also have been called angel cake. Because of its white color and airy lightness it was said to be the "food of the angels". A variety of Chocolate cake known as Devil's food cake is another popular American cake that was developed later and was one of the many new American cakes made possible by the invention of baking powder. Angel food cake is a type of foam cake whereas the devil's food cake is a type of butter cake. Angel food cake requires that the egg whites be whipped until they are stiff, and gently folded into the other ingredients. For this method of leavening to work well, it is useful to have flour that has been made of softer wheat. This — and the lack of fat — causes angel food cake to have a very light texture and taste. It has led some detractors to liken the taste of the cake, as well as its appearance, to cotton. Angel food cake should be cut with a serrated knife, as a solid blade tends to compress the cake rather than slice it. Forks, electric serrated knives, special tined cutters or a strong thread should be used instead. Angel food cake is usually baked in a tube pan, a tall, round pan with a tube up the center that leaves a hole in the middle of the cake. A "bundt pan" can also be used, but the fluted sides can make releasing the cake more difficult. The center tube allows the cake batter to rise higher by 'clinging' to all sides of the pan. Unlike other cakes, the pan should be un-greased to enhance the cake. After baking, the cake pan is inverted while cooling to prevent the cake from falling in on itself. Angel food cake is sometimes frosted but more often has some sort of sauce, such as a sweet fruit sauce, drizzled over it. A simple glaze is also popular. Recently many chefs (Alton Brown in particular) have popularized the idea of adding aromatic spices such as mace and cloves.
• United States
17 Apr 09
Hello CMTS_87, I absolutely love angel food cake. Here are a couple of ways that you can eat this type of cake. You can slice it to make layers and add fruit and coolwhip in between each layer. On the top just frost it with coolwhip and add some of the fruit to make it look nice. This is delicious. You can add strawberries and whipped cream or ice cream to make strawberry shortcake. (now I have to go buy an angel food cake, you made me want some) Happy eating!:)
• United States
17 Apr 09
how cool is that, i think the only cake i will eat now is angel food cake, all the reat just seam to get packing more and more sugar in them as time goes on, maybe because i'm getting older and am losing my taste for sweets.oh and i do remember hand held egg beaters, and they still sell em today.
17 Apr 09
hi CMTS_87, my dear friend, i love cakes but i donno about this angel cake. i have never eaten that. i suppose it is not made here. otherwise i am such a big lover of cakes that i love to eat them. every birthday of every member, every anniversary, mother day, father's day, children's day , any day, we just wanna have a reason to get cake and ice creams home. i love basically chocolate flavour cakes more than any other. on our baby's first birthday, we ordered pineapple cake becasue chocolate is not allowed to her, and i found that it was really tasty. now i will go and ask for this angel cake and will taste it. then i will start a discussion that what happened when i tasted angel cake for the first time. how did all my neurons reacted to it. all and all and all, lol.