Every year, Louise hosts an online picnic. I wasn't going to join in this year, because life in my little corner of the world is incredibly busy this year, but I made this cake, and she graciously gave me the letter A, so here I am!
I'm going on a picnic, and I'm bringing.....
ANGEL FOOD CAKE
12 egg whites
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
Sift together the flour and cornstarch and set aside.
Bring the egg whites to room temperature and beat with the cream of tartar until foamy. Add the vanilla and almond extract and beat until soft peaks form. Add the sugar 2 tbsp at a time and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in the flour mixture, turn into an ungreased 10" tube pan, and bake at 350F for 40 to 45 minutes.
My dearly beloved saw me separating the eggs, which he's evidently never witnessed before, and about jumped out of his skin in distress when he realized I was discarding the yolks, instead of keeping them for "something else." It was rather amusing.
Ryan walked past the egg whites while they were beating, and declared that the scent was very tempting, and I should be sure to save some of this cake for when he got home from work. Poor guy; as if I have ever failed to save him cake!
All in all, this is a much easier cake to make than one might imagine. And just look at this light and fluffy texture! It truly almost does qualify as "diet cake"!