The one thing I have never understood about Angel Food Cake is that its considered diet food, I mean I get it there are no egg yolks. But, there is a bunch of sugar, some flour, egg whites and not much else. Its not exactly health food. I guess that is why people normally pair it with fruit, so you can feel like you are eating something healthy. Yes, there is your social commentary for the day, feel free to discuss amongst yourselves.
Ok back to the cake. I think in my now 28 years (jeez I'm old), I have had angel food cake that didn't come out of a plastic container one time. So how does this cake compare to a grocery store angel food cake. Its amazing, not even close to the grocery store cake. The texture is completely different, it has some for one and its not just soft blah cake, it has a bite to it. The flavor I think mainly because of the vanilla bean paste is so much better.
So if you have only ever had grocery store Angel Food Cake you should really give this a shot, it will be work all the time and effort.
The Best Angel Food Cake Adapted from Baking Bites
1 1/2 cups egg whites at room temperature
1 1/2 cups superfine sugar, divided
1 cup sifted cake flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar and the cake flour. Set aside.
In a Stand Mixer beat egg whites until frothy, add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until fully incorporated then begin to add the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Once all the sugar has been added, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Once you have soft peaks, add the vanilla bean paste beat for a few seconds to evenly distribute.
Sift the flour and sugar mixture over the egg whites in 6-8 additions and gently fold it in after each addition. Spoon batter into an ungreased 9 inch tube pan. Smooth the top with a spatula and tap the pan on the counter once or twice to ensure that there are no large bubbles lurking beneath the surface.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly pressed.
Remove from oven an invert pan over a bottle. I used a wine bottle, that had a nice long neck to invert the cake over. Allow to cool completely or overnight.
Gently run a thin knife around the sides of the pan to release the cake when you are ready to serve it.