May I have seconds? Angel Food Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries
Angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries has been a family favorite for as long as any of us can remember so since we have three April Birthdays to celebrate and I’m in charge of cake, making this was a no brainer. Being the adventure seeker that I am I had to break with family tradition and made this one from scratch. Our birthday cakes were one of the few things my Mom made from a box saying, making an angel food cake from a box mix was the only way to go since it ended up tasting as good a one made from scratch. With 5 kids and almost twice as many grandchildren I understand why she used the boxed version. I opted to use Alton Brown’s recipe and fresh strawberries that are in peak season. It was surprisingly easy and everyone, including the three birthday girls, were thrilled with the results. I’m not so sure that next time I won’t go back to that box with white powder to which you just add water. Mother knows best (most of the time).
Real whipping cream with a little sugar and really good vanilla extract is key. I used 1 pint of whipping cream, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp. sugar and 3 cups sliced strawberries. I also substitued the organge extract in the recipe using 1/4 tsp. almond/lemon each and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract.
**Spoiler alert – vintage photos at bottom of post.
Angel Food Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries
With a sharp pairing knife remove stem and white centers of berries
Slice and macerate berries in 1/4 c. orange juice and 1 Tbsp. agave nectar or sugar
Blend sugar in food processor until superfine
Beat egg whites, sugar, extracts, and cream of tartar until medium peaks form
Fold in flour , salt and remaining sugar
Pour into an angel food cake pan
Top will look dry and cracked when done
Inverting the cake while cooling keeps it from falling
Drain berries well
Fold drained berries into whipped cream
Use sharp knife around edge of cake and remove from pan.
Cut cake in half while still on base of cake pan. Cut top, browned layer off too
Spread first layer of cake with whipped cream and strawberries, top with next layer
Cover top, sides and inside center hole.
April Birthday Girls
No whipped cream when you’re only one. or two, though this looks to have something on it.
That cake platter turned and played Happy Bday. This was #6, since nephew Tim also born on
Party time with Deanne S. & Cathy May. Being the youngest meant I got to help, always.
Nice jumper made by my sister Lo or Carol. My cheeks rival Armstrong’s or Gillespie’s
Notice the easy bake oven to the right… and a cake I made using it. AND my favorite cowgirl shirt.
nice side burns.. YES, the cake is kosher, ohy. Hum… not sure what happened this year.
Kenny switched to white cake w/ choc. frosting. Aunt Bee spent every Sunday with us.
That’s one trusting Mother…I don’t look like I have a good hold on it at all!