Angel food cake
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Cheap as chips
The angel food cake sponge is almost magical - just watch it disappear at parties! By trapping lots of air bubbles in the egg whites this recipe makes a feather-light sponge. Be careful to fold in the dry ingredients rather than mixing or whisking them so that you keep the batter as fluffy as possible. This angel food cake is great with a cup of tea or with a spoonful of whipped cream or yogurt for dessert. We’ve decorated it with fresh cherries and blueberries but you could also use raspberries, strawberries and even blackberries. Dusted the angel food cake with icing sugar for a pretty, understated finish.
For the cake:
- 150g plain flour
- 100g icing sugar
- 8 medium egg whites
- Pinch of cream of tartar
- 250g caster sugar
- 1/2tsp vanilla extract
For the topping
- 150ml Greek yogurt
- 150ml softly whipped cream
- 400g mixed berries
Unlike most sponge cakes, you shouldn't grease the tin for an angel food cake.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sift the flour and icing sugar together and ensure they are well mixed.
- Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff, then gradually whisk in the caster sugar, a spoonful at a time. Gradually sift in the flour and sugar mixture, folding in between each addition using a large metal spoon. Fold in vanilla extract.
- Spoon into an angel cake ring tin and level the surface, taking care not to press out too much of the air. Place the tin on a baking tray and cook in the centre of the oven for 35-45 minutes, until the cake feels just firm to the touch.
- Remove the cake from the oven and invert the tin on to a wire rack. Leave the cake to cool completely and then ease out of the tin.
- Fill the centre of the cake with berries and keep a few for decoration. To make the topping, combine the yogurt and cream, spread over the cake.
- Serve with the reserved berries and cut yourself a big slice!
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 249(kcal)
- Fat 7.0g
- Saturates 4.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.