I LOVE dessert! Normally I am all about luscious chocolatey desserts. Sometimes though I like a light and refreshing flavored dessert. This Heavenly Angel Food Cake hits the nail right on the head! The texture is fluffy and almost sponge-like. Don’t even get me started on the flavor. It has a decadent sweet and lemony flavor. Check out how I made it!
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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare the pan by lining a 13 x9 inch pan with aluminum foil. You want the foil to cover the bottom, sides, and about an inch over the sides of the pan. Do not grease the foil in any way or the cake will not rise.
Sift together the sugar, flour, and salt. I am going to be totally honest here and tell you that normally when a recipe calls for sifting the ingredients I don’t do it. I find that most recipes come out just fine without sifting the ingredients.
You want this cake to be as fluffy and springy as possible and sifting makes the cake nice and fluffy. I have made this cake with and without the sifting and it really does make a difference, so go ahead and sift to your heart’s content.See how light and fluffy it looks!
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.
You know you have stiff peaks when the egg whites stand up like that when you pull the mixer attachment out.
Very, very gently fold the sugar mixture into the egg white mixture, about 1/3 cup at a time, until just combined. Please take your time with this step! You spent the time to get your egg whites fluffy and airy and you don’t want to deflate them by mixing too aggressively or too fast.
This is what you end up with. It should be light and fluffy. Fold in vanilla and lemon juice.
Pour into prepared pan. The batter will fill the pan almost to the very top. Bake on center rack of oven 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Creamy, dreamy, and delicious! Try not to just dig in with a spoon right there. Set the frosting aside.
Immediately invert the cake onto a lightly greased wire rack and allow to cool for 1 hour with the pan still over the cake. Remove the pan and gently peel off the foil. I know it doesn’t look spectacular right now, but I am going to smother it in frosting!
The Angel Food Cake should be stored in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Take the cake out of the fridge for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!