Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vintage Angel Cake Recipe

Angel food cakes are very versatile and should be in every baker's arsenal. This recipe not only uses the traditional egg whites, but it also uses cake flour to make the cake lighter than recipes which use all-purpose flour. You can read about the difference between the major types of flours in my post on flour protein.

angel food cake
Flickr/Sarah Elmore
Decorated Angel Cake
Angel Cake Recipe
1 cup egg whites (8-10 eggs)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup cake flour
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. orange extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water

Sift flour and sugar separately 4 times.  Measure each after first sifting.  Whip egg whites lightly with wire whisk.  Add salt, water, and extracts when half beaten.  Sift in cream of tartar.  Continue whipping until whites hold their shape.  Divide sugar into fourths.  Fold in each fourth with 10 careful strokes of the spatula.  Divide flour into fourths.  Fold in each fourth with 10 careful strokes of the spatula.  Pour into un-oiled tube pan.  Dake in slow oven (325 F.) 50 minutes.

More Vintage Recipes from Participants:
If you have a vintage recipe of your own which you would like to share, leave the link to your post in the comments and I will also add it to today's Vintage Recipe Thursday post.

Pueblo Corn Dish

Boiled Asparagus and Baked Asparagus Loaf

Vintage Coffee Cake
Apple Salad with Craisins
Slow Cooked Meat Balls
Dandelion Salad

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I post recipes from the Household Searchlight Recipe Book, first published in 1931. My 16th printing is from 1943.  What will you post?


  1. ooooh! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! I am here from UBP. I have to make a cake for my mom's birthday TOMORROW and this looks PERFECT!!!

  2. Theresa: Glad the time was just right. Happy Birthday to your mom! :-)

  3. im doing a school project on eating well and this cake looks really good. i was wondering if i could use the image? it'd only be for the use of my school project?

  4. Jasprit: As indicated by the photo byline, the photo is from Flickr (at At the time I posted the article, it was made available for sharing by its uploader, Sarah Elmore.
    Good luck on your school project.


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