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Angel Food Cake - Old Fashioned Southern Angel Cake
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Original Old Fashioned Angel Cake! See CHOCOLATE and COCONUT and COLORED variations below in comments.

S. Chokel

Serves/Makes:8 or more slices

  • 1 cup (225 ml) egg whites (8-10 eggs per cup)
  • 1-1/4 cups (300 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (225 ml) cake flour
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) cream of tartar
  • 1/8 tsp (1 ml) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) orange flavoring
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) vanilla flavoring
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) water
  • Sift flour and sugar each and separately 4 times--measure each after the first sifting.
  • Whip egg whites lightly with wire whisk.
  • When the egg whites are half beaten, add salt, water, and flavorings to them.
  • Sift in the cream of tartar to the eggs and continue whipping until the egg whites hold their shape.
  • Divide the sugar into fourths.
  • Fold each fourth of sugar into the egg mixture with 10 careful folds of the rubber spatula.
  • Divide the flour into fourths.
  • Fold each fourth of flour into the egg mixture with 10 careful folds of the rubber spatula.
  • Pour the batter very carefully into an dry tube pan.
  • Bake in a slow oven of 325 degrees (175 C.) for 50 minutes.
  • When the cake is risen, baked and taken out of the oven, it is historic to invert it over a glass pop bottle.
Coconut Angel Food Cake:

Follow these directions with ONE CUP OF COCONUT:

1. Prepare the cake batter above

2. Cover the bottom of an ungreased tube pan with cake batter and then cover generously with shredded coconut which has been finely divided for 3 or 4 layers of coconut.

3. Cover another layer with batter and add a second layer of coconut.

4. Continue until you have used the cup of coconut.

Colored Angel Food Cake:

1. Add food color in powder, paste, liquid to the water that is added into the cake batter. You can develop pastel or intense colorings. All other directions remain the same.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake:

1. To the cake recipe above, substitute 4 Tablespoons of quality cocoa for 4 Tablespoons of cake flour in the recipe. All other directions remain the same.

This recipe and it's variations came from the women in my family. It is a time honored and treasured recipe.

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