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02 September 2012 @ 09:56 pm
GCBP: Angel Food Cake  

I have this wonderful, 70 year old basic cookbook called Meta Given’s Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking. My grandmother had it, my mother inherited it, and years ago Mom went forth on the internet and single-handedly drove the price of the 2-volume set up from about $12 per book to $70+ per book, because she bought every single set available and gave them to family members. Anyway, I’ve been saying for ages that I wanted to start at the beginning of the cake section and bake one of each cake, just to see how they all turned out. So I decided I’d do that. Generally I’m actually going to make cupcakes, because they’re easier to send to Ted’s work, but the first cake in the Great Cake Baking Project is an Angel Food Cake, which doesn’t so much lend itself to cupcakes, I don’t think…

(some hours later)

Quite certain I’ve overbeaten my batter, but we’ll see how the cake turns out. I don’t know if this project requires me making a Perfect Cake each time, or if just making one is sufficient…

(and later yet)

*laughs right out loud* More of an angel food doughnut than cake, I’d say. It’s beautifully white, but, er, a bit flat:

Angel Food Cake

*laughs more* This may be the least successful cake I’ve ever made in my life, in fact. Someday I’ll try making another one, but I think I’ll tick this one off the list and move on. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Ghost Light: Puppy Food Pornghost_light on September 2nd, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Did it taste good or was it super-dense?
kitmizkit on September 2nd, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
It tastes nice but is quite dense, and tomorrow I expect it would be entirely leaden. I'm going to toss it. :)
Ghost Light: Little Miss Gigglesghost_light on September 2nd, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Poor little donut ;)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on September 2nd, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
I have that same set of cooksbooks, and I swear by mine... its how I learned to make bread from scratch.
aberwyn on September 2nd, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Angel food depends on the cook incorporating air into, not beating all the air out of the batter. :-)
aberwyn on September 2nd, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Next time, if you'd like a suggestion, try folding the ingredients in, not beating at all.
kitmizkit on September 2nd, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. I took the instructions regarding using a wire whisk too enthusiastically, because I hate folding. :)
The Dread Vixen Alinsaalinsa on September 3rd, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Be sure to watch the 'Good Eats' episode on making angel food cake, too!
Xixpioti on September 3rd, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Alas, occasionally enthusiasm is too much..! :D It looks tasty, although condensing all that angel food cake goodness into such a small package must be seriously intense; you cut cut it into tiny bits and make your own Strawberry Shortcake Parfait!
ctearecteare on September 3rd, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
My grandma always told me the key to a good angel food cake is letting it cool upside down. She used to put the pan on an old soda bottle.