Basic Angel Food Cake

    1 hour 30 minutes

    An easy American family recipe passed down to me from my Grandmother - who was and still is an absolute angel in my eyes. The yellow colouring comes from the egg yolks, and the way they are separated out through the cooking process.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 6 eggs, separated
    • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1 1/2 (300g) white sugar
    • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Whip the egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue beating until stiff. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until lemon coloured.
    2. Boil the sugar and water until it reaches the thread stage; 110 - 112 degrees C. Beat syrup into egg whites. Fold in egg yolks. Fold in flour.
    3. Pour batter into an ungreased ring tin. Bake for 1 hour. Cool.

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    After reading the reviews, I made this cake with great expectations. The recipe itself was easy enough and the batter made up beautifully. The problem came with the baking. One reviewer noted that the baking time was excessive as her cake was done in 45'. I believe the problem with this recipe is not with the baking time but with the temperature. 350 degrees is too hot an oven for this delicate cake. I plan to remake this recipe and bake it at 300 degrees. This recipe can be used in a variety of desserts, and I believe that modifying the baking conditions will resolve any problems.  -  26 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was wonderful! I had never known of a cake that was made like this so I just had to try it. My daughter's frineds ate the entire cake in 15 minutes and I made a second that same day for my family. It is nice that it doesn't use as many eggs as most angel cake recipes and has an incredible texture and crust.  -  12 May 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Delicious. Has a great sweet taste. It's great by itself or with fruit (strawberries, blueberries) - doesn't need icing. I was intimidated at first by heating the sugar and water - but it wasn't a big deal and was a really easy cake to make. I would definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe!  -  09 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)