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Peppermint Angel Cake

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Servings: 12
This marbled pink angel food cake is delightful with the creamy pink peppermint frosting. A lovely and very beautiful cake for Easter.

12 (large) egg whites
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1 cup sifted cake flour or sifted all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 drops red food coloring

Pink Peppermint Frosting:
2 (large) egg whites
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
Red food coloring

Special Equipment:
You will need a 10-inch tube or angel food cake pan.

For the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).

Place the 12 egg whites in a very large mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Sift confectioners' sugar and flour together 3 times. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Sift about one-fourth of the flour mixture over beaten egg whites; fold in gently. Repeat sifting and folding in the remaining flour mixture three more times, using one-fourth of the flour mixture each time.

Divide batter in half. Fold extract and food coloring into one half. Alternately spoon pink and white batters into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Gently cut through batter with a knife, swirling gently.

Bake cake on the lowest rack in preheated 350 degree F (180 degree C) oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert the cake in the pan, standing the tube pan on its legs or resting the center tube over a tall-necked bottle. Cool thoroughly. Remove cake from pan. Frost with Pink Peppermint Frosting when cake has cooled thoroughly. Serve cake at room temperature. Store any leftover cake in refrigerator.

For the Pink Peppermint Frosting:
Place the 2 egg whites in a bowl. Let stand 30 minutes. In a 2-quart saucepan mix the 2/3 cup granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Boil gently, without stirring, for 5 minutes. Beat egg whites using an electric mixer at medium to high speed until soft peaks form (tip curl). Slowly add hot syrup to egg whites, pouring in a steady stream, while beating. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form (tips stand straight). Beat in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and enough red food coloring to tint frosting pink.

Makes 12 servings.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Date: March 31, 2003-Revised April 4, 2004


Reviewer: Heather Peskin
This is a beautiful cake. It is the first angel food cake I have made and it worked out very well indeed. Right now it is sitting on the kitchen counter top looking delicate and delectable in pink and white. I put a bit too much peppermint flavoring in - used 1/4 tsp. of peppermint oil instead of essence (should have known better) but I think it makes the flavor interesting. Otherwise it seems angel cake is not very flavorful as it is too delicate. Next time I will make it with a fruit compote to spoon over it. Will definitely make again.

Reviewer: Toriq
Reviewer: Anwen
I love this cake! It worked really well and looks beautiful.


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