Tuesday, January 18, 2011

THE Birthday Cake—Orange Angel Food Cake

Orange Angel Food Cake

Some of you wonder what cake I made for my Birthday this year….wonder no more.  The winner was Orange Angel Food cake.  Although it’s not really MY favorite cake, it is one of my hubby and kids’ favorite.  Don’t you know it by now?  You don’t get to choose or make your favorite birthday cake anymore after earning titles such as “wife” or “mom” or “daughter-in-law” opps etc.  SIGH…… LOL  Just teasing, I love this cake as much as my family does.  It’s quick and easy, so I don’t have to stay in the kitchen all day on my birthday (although I don’t mind that at all)!   :P

Orange Angel Food Cake

This cake is light, fluffy and spongy.  So delicious I can get used to having a huge piece every day.  Good thing is that I don’t have to wait till birthday again to make another one!  With a little bit of melted chocolate drizzled on top, it’s perfect, almost perfect! 

Orange Angel Food Cake

Here we go!  Got to have some fresh whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top to make it perfect!  I just can’t imagine having no whipped cream on my birthday cake!  I hope you like the recipe and Angel Food Cake.  Maybe I’ll make one with Lemon flavor next time.  Oh, chocolate sounds just as wonderful.  What is your favorite flavor in Angel Food Cake?  I’m dare to try some unique flavors!

Orange Angel Food Cake


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Orange Angel Food Cake:
1 3/4 cups caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites, room temperature
1/3 cup warm water
2 teaspoons orange extract, or extract of your choice
1 teaspoons cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift half of the sugar with the salt and the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.

In a large bowl, use a whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar.

After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed.
Once you have achieved medium-stiff peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam.
Using a spatula to fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.

Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a toothpick or wooden skewer.  When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry.

Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.



53 comments:

  1. That looks refreshing, light and satisfying...and as always...Beautiful! :) xo

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  2. Happy Birthday to you!! Looks like a yummy cake! I just love drizzle- it dresses up a dessert like nothing else can!

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  3. Very nice! I love the flavor of orange and chocolate together...will have to try this. I guess I'm your newest follower. Stop by when you can...I have a giveaway going at the moment too!

    Pat

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  4. Love the creation! I will have to try and make it one day after dieting hahaa.

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  5. What a delicious choice for a birthday cake. I prefer lighter cakes myself. I'm going to be starting a new linky on my blog this week Saturday called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I would love it if you came by then and linked this up.

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  6. This is a beautiful cake. It looks very fluffy and the color is fantastic.

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  7. This looks awesome. I love angelfood cake but have never made it. Adding a little bit of flavor would go a long way I bet, and the orange sounds great!

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  8. This looks beautiful and I bet it is delicious. I have never had orange angel food cake, I am intrigued! Plus, I love that it is such a light cake. Happy birthday!

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  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Your blog is beautiful and your recipes look delicious! I am now following you :)

    Have a great day!

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  10. Amy, that cake looks amazing. I love orange, so I've got to try this. :-)

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  11. I have never had an orange angel food cake, but this looks delicious. My friend always makes her favorite cake, and resists any one taking over the cake baking on her birthday. She made it for us recently -- and ooey gooey German chocolate cake. Joni

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  12. Amy, cakes looks awesome. I have to try with orange. I love citrus in my cakes.

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  13. This looks beautiful, and I love anything orange-y.

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  14. I'm not a big angel food fan, but this looks amazing!

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  15. What a great cake. I love the way you finished it off with the chocolate and whipped cream. Happy Birthday...a few days late.

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  16. I love angel food - but your photos make want to go bake one immediately. Oh, and Happy Birthday!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  17. Looks delicious! I've never made an angel food cake before but your post makes me want to make one now!!!

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  18. The orange angel food cake...the chocolate drizzle...be still my heart! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try.

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  19. There's an award waiting for you on my blog.

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  20. @Lisa: Thank you so much for the award. I'm thrilled and honored. This is so sweet of you. You're such a talented blogger and cook yourself! :)

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  21. Your photos are beautiful and the cake is so delightful. Happy to be your followers for more food ideas in the future :D

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  22. Happy Birthday!! I love angel food cake and can't wait to try this version. My mom made me one for my birthday a few years ago and we ate it all before she could get it frosted!!

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  23. This cake looks amazing. I have to try it out. Have a very happy birthday, Amy.

    Avalon

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  24. Tomorrow is my birthday and I would LOVE to have this luscious cake for the party. I haven't made angel food cake in years.

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  25. Hi Amy,
    I know that someone here is having a Birthday today and I am so glad that you brought the cake.
    Your Orange Angel Food Cake looks so delicious. Thank you so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

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  26. I love Angel Food Cake, but I have not had it in years. I'm looking forward to trying your recipe. I like the idea of the orange in it!

    Thank you for linking up to the Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Blog Hop :)

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  27. Yummy, yummy! I love angel food cake cause it's so light and fluffy! Happy Birthday, Amy!...Christine

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  28. That's just great...now my mouth is watering ;) Look delicious!!! Thanks for following my blog, Living Day to Day. I am returning the favor by becoming your newest follower :)

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    Have a wonderful day!!
    Dede

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  29. YUM!

    Angel food cake topped with fresh strawberries is a summer favorite of mine. Of course it has to be loaded with lots of whipped cream also. Mmm... I'm with ya on that one!

    I'm visiting for the first time from Feed Me, Tweet Me, Follow Me Home. Heading to Facebook and Twitter to follow you there!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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  30. I've never had ORANGE flavored angel food cake. I bet it's delicious! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! :)

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  31. This looks and sounds delish.

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  32. Wow - this looks wonderful & I'll definitely try it. I'm so glad that I accidentally found you from a comment you left on someone else's blog. Your blog is fantastic!

    Come visit me sometime too: http://thatgirlcancook.blogspot.com

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  33. I haven't made angel food cake in ages, and I love them! I like the orange in here with the chocolate drizzle... perfect!

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  34. Happy Birthday! I love angel food cake- it's light and delicious. :) I bet its wonderful with chocolate!

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  35. Happy Birthday! My grandmother always made angelfood cake; she used the egg yolks to make homemade noodles. This is my first visit to your blog; I like it!
    Blessings, Beth

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  36. ORANGE angel food cake? That sounds awesome! Hmmm...blood orange sounds good too with some blood orange slices on top. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  37. Wow!! This is so inspiring. Im really excited about this recipe- think Im going to try making it gluten free :)
    Wanted to invite you also to share this recipe at a weekly event I host titled Seasonal Sundays. As you can imagine this cake seriously fits the theme :)
    xo, Brittany

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  38. Now THAT is a cake to oogle! I love the orange/ chocolate connection! And speaking of cake, thanks so much for dropping in at The Spice Garden. Your comment was much appreciated!

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  39. beautiful :)

    love your blog! thanks for the tip on the giveaway, i am going to pass this round but, you definitely have a new follower! love your posts !!!

    -meg
    @clutzycooking.blogspot.com
    @myscribblednotebook.blogspot.com

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  40. I've never tried making angel food cake at home, but I hear that they are so much better homemade. Yours definitely looks great!

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  41. Thank you everyone for the warm birthday wishes and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them and enjoy reading all your comments a lot. :) Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Cheers,
    Amy

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  42. Thanks so much for linking this up with Sweets for a Saturday. I truly appreciate your support. Hope to see you again next week. By then, I'll have a cute button that you can grab and add to your post.

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  43. I love angel food cake, and yours looks absolutely perfect! Happy birthday!! Glad your whole family loves this cake :)

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  44. Visiting from your link-up over at the Susannah's Kitchen blog hop...Your cake looks absolutely perfect! Sounds like a lovely birthday through and through, and made all the more sweeter by the fact that you didn't have to spend the whole day in the kitchen!

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  45. Love the chocolate drizzle....the perfect finishing touch.

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  46. You've been featured. =) http://athomewithhaley.blogspot.com/2011/01/recipes-i-cant-wait-to-try-14.html

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  47. Hi Amy, thanks for visiting my space and for the lovely comment...happy belated b'day and yes once u get those sweet titles "mom", "wife" etc...then u have no choice :) also wondering whether I can make this without the cream of tartar...this is not available at this part of the world...

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  48. I am ur newest follower Amy...congratulate me.

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  49. @ Nisa: Congratulations (to us)! :D Thanks for visiting and following my blog.

    Re. your question about cream of tartar. Yes, you can definitely make this angel food cake without it. Just need to make sure there's no oil/fat on your equipment when you handle the egg whites (especially the fat from the yolk.) So, make sure you seperate your egg whites into a small bowl before putting into the final container for beating. If any yolk gets into the white, you can easily discard that particular egg (and make scramble egg instead) and use a clean bowl afterwards. Also, better to beat your egg whites in a metal or glass bowl instead of a plastic one. Let me know if you have any questions. Be sure to let me know how your cake turns out. Happy baking!

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  50. Great styling in that top shot! This cake is beautiful and looks so amazingly fluffy that I can almost taste it. Plus the orange flavor seems like a wonderful pairing with the texture.

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  51. Oh my! That looks so good! I've never had orange angel food cake...only the regular kind! I'm totally wishing I had a piece of this right now!

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  52. Orange is a really good twist to the angle-food cake.

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  53. I really like it,but for some reason I never make it. I should - it's a perfect holiday treat! Looks yummy!

    zonia

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