Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake

Whether you are gluten free or not, this cake is amazing! It definitely does not last long in my household. This recipe is super easy to make and is a guilt free treat when you need something sweet!

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake Recipe: 

  • 1 Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 12 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

First, I measure everything out so i'm ready, this is a time sensitive recipe. You'll need to measure the sugar in two bowls of 3/4 Cups each. You will use the sugar separately. Once everything's measured you can combine the flour, xanthan gum, and one bowl containing 3/4 cups of sugar. Seriously, be sure to leave out the cream of tartar and one bowl of sugar! I made the mistake once of mixing in the cream of tartar and had to dump everything! And when you're using gluten free flour that's not cool!

Next you probably want to preheat your oven to 325 degrees. You want to let your egg whites get to room temperature. This will help the maximize the volume of the egg whites. So go ahead and separate your eggs and let the whites sit in a stainless steel bowl until room temperature. This is the trick to getting the fluffiness of angel food cake. If you have to let your egg whites sit out for a few hours, go ahead. Once you've conquered this task, now comes the fun part. Using a whisk attachment, you'll need to beat the egg whites on medium-high until soft peaks form. You then stop the mixer, add your cream of tartar and salt, then beat until hard peaks form. This is much easier with a visual so if you need to refer to the YouTube, I found this video that really explains it well. Specifically watch the video from 1:50 seconds to 4:55 seconds. You can find the video HERE

Once you've gotten your eggs to hard peaks, move the bowl away from the mixer and fold in your flour mixture with a spatula. It's very important that you softly fold this in, too much whipping can deflate your egg whites. Once it's all mixed together, pour into an angel food cake pan and bake on 325 degrees for 55 minutes. You can choose to put icing on it or leave it plain. Ours rarely makes it to icing because we eat it so fast we don't have time to ice it. I will post recipes for icings a little later. Enjoy this gluten free angel food cake!

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