Monday, January 14, 2008

Light Dessert : Lemon Angel Food Cake

lemon angel food cake

Dear friends who are trying to lose weights:

Some said there's a season for everything. And eating seasonal is the way to go. So what has the angel food cake has anything to do with seasonal eating? Everything!

Remember your new year resolutions to lose weights? This is also the time of the year I pulled out my tube pan and make angel food cake, the fat-free dessert I adore. Combined with my favorite citrus, I don't mind eating it whether I am on diet or not. Come to think of it, I don't remember myself being on diet before, except for the two weeks leading to my wedding. The stake of not able to fit into the custom-made wedding gown was far too high!

lemon angel food cake

Anyway, my point is- whether you are on a diet or not, don't skip desserts! At least I won't. All we (I mean, you who are staring at this screen have considered of losing weights after the festive eating, no?) need is a good strategy. No point eating a bite of brownie which make you crave for more, (and end up doing just that) or a tiny sliver of cheesecake which could easily be blown away by the strong gush winter wind. I rather have a healthy serving of a piece of this. This airy, flavorful, fat free, good for you angel food cake!

lemon angel food cake

Since new year is about a healthier, slimmer and prettier you, where not pair the angel food cake with a cup of warm honey lemon drink? Some experts claim that it's good for detox. There are some really gluesome regimes for body detox, but for me, honey lemon drink is a sweeter way to do it.

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If lemon is not your thing, you can easily substitute it with orange, lime or grapefruit. I am sure you can also try clementine and tangerine, although the flavors may not be as assertive as the rest. I am waiting for the meyer lemon season to come, so that I can make a Meyer Lemon Angel Food Cake.

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Lemon Angel Food Cake
adapted from The Best Light Recipe (The Best Recipe)

1 cup (4 ounces) cake flour
1.5 cuos (10.5 ounces) sugar
12 larg eggwhites, at room temperature
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsps grated lemon zest

Adjust the oven rack to the lower middle position and preheat the oven to 325F. Have ready an ungreased 9-inches, 16 cups tube pan.

Whisk flour and 3/4 cup sugar in a small bowl, set aside. In a dry, clean electric mixer bowl, beat eggwhites on low speed until foamy. Add in cream of tartar and salt, and increase speed to medium high. Continue to beat, adding the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, untill all the sugar is added and the whites are shiny and form soft peaks. Beat in the lemon juice, vanilla extract, lemon zest until just blended.

Sift the flour mixture over the whites, about 1/4 cup at a time, and gently fold it in using a large rubber spatula. Gently scrape the batter the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Give the pan a couple of raps on the counter to release any large air bubbles. Bake until cake is golden brown and the top springs back when pressed firmly, 55 to 60 minutes.

If the cake pan has prongs around the rim for elevating the cake, invert the pan onto them. If the pan does not have prongs, invert the pan onto the neck of a bottle or funnel. Let the cake cool completely upside down.

To unmold, run a knife or long offset spatula around the edges of the cake pan, being careful not to separate the golden crust from the cake. You can either loosen the cake from the center with a wire cake tester, skewer or offset spatula.Slide the cake with the removable cake bottom out of the pan . Run a knife between the cake and the pan bottom to loosen, then gently flip the cake onto a platter, bottom side facing up. (which is also the more presentable side)

The cake tastes best when served the same day it is made. But we enjoy it just as much in the following few days.

Serves 16.

Per serving: cal 150; fat 0 g; Sat Fat 0 g; Chol 0 mg; Carb 33 g; Protein 4 g; Fiber 0 g; sodium 105 mg

Edit: I have added the nutritional info per serving as provided by the recipe for those who are interested. Note that although the cake is fat free and taste really yummy, don't attempt to finish it in a day on top of other tempting food you are already eating. :)

24 comments:

Claire said...

Mmmmmm...I LOVE angelfood cake! It's my second favorite dessert!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the cake looks absolutely wonderful. I was wondering what did you do with the leftover egg yolks?

Mary

Jennifer said...

This cake looks delicious! I have a friend who makes a similar cake. I just might have to dig up her recipe.

Manggy said...

Nice cake, Mandy! Unfortunately, angel food cake is not a low-calorie cake (all that sugar), unless you use Splenda. If you can find easy ways to burn off that sugar, then it's a real treat!

Rasa Malaysia said...

Is Angel Cake almost the same as Chiffon cake? They taste very similar, but probably not...you're the expert baker, tell me?

Cedar said...

oh man, angel food cake is my favorite cake! I need to try making it!

Anonymous said...

It looks divine, but I have to agree...this is not diet food with all that white flour and sugar. I'm fairly certain it would fail with Splenda... Lovely pictures, though!

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing. It is my husband's favorite cake, I think I'll make him one.

Hey Mary, you should make some pastry cream with those yolks to slather on the angel food! OK so it is no longer non-fat but it is fabulous!!!

Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Zoe

chiffOnade said...

I am a PROFESSIONAL CHEF with a Master's certification as a PASTRY CHEF (graduate of Peter Kump's Culinary Institute), so I rarely find any recipes on the blogs that can hold a candle to my own.

However, I liked the "Light" aspects of your lemon angel food cake because my boyfriend "Big Bear" weighs 437 pounds, and has no neck whatsoever (he looks exactly like Bobby Hill of the "King of the Hill" program).

Since he has no teeth left (some kind of drug I think) this cake will be perfect for him . . . lower cal and nice and soft.

Thank you for posting a recipe that even I will be able to use.

holybasil said...

I adore meyer lemons and adding them to this cake sounds fabulous. You're right, any diet that prohibits desserts is bound to fail eventually!
-Christine

amanda said...

this cake sounds like it will taste as good as it looks. I also think that it would fail with splenda, somehow it's just not quite the same.

But i COMPLETELY AGREE with you about not skipping dessert! when you are depriving yourself on a diet, that's when you end up failing!

Deborah said...

I have been craving a angel food cake, and one with lemon sounds even better!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

i thought of the same thing as Rasa Msia-what's the diff bet angel food cake n chiffon cake, then rmembered how pale ur cake looks n checked the recipe and sure enough, no yolks were used. is tt the diff? i love Meyer lemons, which we only get sometimes at TaiSeng. Thanks for the recipe, i will make one NOW.

eatme_delicious said...

What perfect looking angel food cake! I've only made angel food cake from scratch once and it didn't turn out so well.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mandy, oh, Mandy... This is not helping. An angel food cake, ok, I can resist... but a LEMON angel food cake?? I want my slices now! :)

Piggy said...

yummy! but 12 egg white?! what did you do with the egg yolks then?

Rachel said...

I don't know why everyone is so harsh about the sugar and flour-it is still cake!

She didn't say it was health food-just fat-free. Which if you are going to eat dessert is better than eating regular high fat cake.

Alejandra said...

Yes! More recipes to feed my Meyer Lemon obesession...

Mandy said...

claire,
I wonder if you like chiffon cake too?

Mary,
good questions. There are many uses of eggyolks. Eg, lemon or other citrus curd, pastry cream (to fill up creampuffs), make sables (check out the sable recipes on my blog). I will start with making lemon curd first though.

jennifer,
thanks!

manggy,
hey doc, I think 150cal per serving is still acceptable,haha ;p No splenda for me, please.

rasa malaysia,
Angel food cake and chiffon cake look very much alike externally, I think the main different being angel food cake uses only eggwhites + sugar + flour and no other form of liquid and fat ingredients. Unlike Chiffon cakes which use whole eggs in the process and incorporate oil and other liquid to impart moisture and flavor.

cedar,
hope you will like it!

anonymous,
The cake has 150cal per serving and fat free, I think it doesn't fare too bad :) I agree that splenda may not work here. Even if it does, I am not sure I want to use that.

Zoe,
that's an idea! I am sure it would taste heavenly. Thanks for the inspiration!

chiffonade,
thanks! I hope your bf will like it. I have also just added the nutritional info per serving, hope it will be of use.

Christine,
absolutely. I think everything in moderation is the key.

amanda,
May I say great minds think alike ;)

deborah,
glad you like the lemon angel food cake.

Terri,
wow, I didn't know I can get meyer lemon in KK, must check out when I am back. For diff between chiffon cake and angel food cake, see my reply to RM above.

eatme_delicious,
thanks! I guess practice makes perfect.

Patricia,
come over anytime! :)

Piggy,
good question. I am going to start by making some lemon curd. If I were at home in Singapore, maybe I will use them in Kuih Lapis!!!

Rachel:
THANK YOU! *hugs* I have added in the nutritional info provided by the recipe in my main entry too so it's easier for people to gauge whether they should make it or not. :)

alejandra,
do a search on my recipes, there are quite a few that contain meyer lemon!!! The lemon tart is my fav!

ovenhaven said...

Your entry sounds enticing, while your pictures look ever so inviting! I'm looking forward to trying this out :) Thanks for sharing, Mandy...

Elizabeth Anne said...

That's my husband DocChuck claiming to be "Chiffonade" again.

Sorry.

Aimei said...

Hey Mandy, I just baked an angel food cake too! But mine didnt turned out as goods yours. :P

Sarah said...

Just what I was looking for...found you through a google search! I'll be making this with meyer lemons! yay!

karenpoore said...

Oh, I hope you are around.
I made your lemon yogurt cake and now I want to make this angel food cake.
Question: Can I use "Evaporated Cane Juice Sugar or do I have to use regular white sugar? The cane juice sugar states it is perfect for baking and cooking.It is a finer grain.
Thanks!
Karen in Austin, TX

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