Bake Together- Thai Inspired Angel Food Cake With Coconut Lime Whipped Cream
1 cup (4 ounces)cake flour
1 1/4 cup (5 ounces) confectioners’sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Add 1 cup sugar to food processor with the lemongrass, process until fully combined and there are no large pieces of the lemongrass. Sift before adding to the egg whites.
- Sift flour, confectioners sugar and salt three times and set aside.
- Using either a stand or hand held mixer fitted with whisk attachment beat egg whites on med/low until they become foamy. Add the cream of tartar and increase speed to medium speed. Beat until the egg whites form soft peaks, now sift (to remove any pieces of the lemongrass) and add the infused sugar a tbs at a time, add the lime zest and increase speed to med/high and beat until the whites are thick and shiny and form medium firm peaks (Be careful not to over beat)
- Sift 1/4 of the flour mixture over the beaten whites. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the whites. Repeat with remaining flour mixture, one quarter at a time. With the last installment of flour add the chopped basil.
- Using the spatula to gently coax the batter, pour evenly into the prepared pan. Smooth the top. Bake until the cake is light golden brown and the cake is springy when touched, about 40 minutes. Immediately invert the pan onto the counter if the pan has feet or if it doesn’t, invert the pan sliding the center tube onto the neck of the bottle. Let cool completely.
- To remove the cake, rotate the pan, gently tapping the bottom edge of the cake pan on the counter as you turn it until the cake loosens from the pan. If necessary, run a long, thin knife between the cake and the pan and around the inside of the tube to loosen the cake. Slip the cake from the pan and gently lift it up from the center of the pan and arrange on a flat serving plate.
- While the cake is cooling infuse the sugar with the coconut. Add 1/2 cup confectioners sugar to bowl of food processor, and 1/4 cup coconut flakes and pulse until combined and very fine. Place in covered container and let sit until you are ready to whip the cream.
- Sift the confectioners sugar to removed any pieces of coconut. In mixing bowl pour the very cold heavy cream into a chilled bowl, Using either hand held mixer or stand mixer whip until it starts to thicken, add the cold coconut milk (NOTE: Scoop the cream from the top don’t mix it up), lime zest and infused confectioners sugar (taste to test for sweetness you may not need to use all of the infused sugar) and whip until billowy and soft peaks form. Serve with the cake.
I looks perfectly fluffy and light. Interesting idea for additions to the recipe 🙂
Thank you so much, the flavors are really nice not overwhelming at all.
The texture of this cake looks just wonderful!!! I love your additions to the cake too – very, very creative. So is this on your cleansing diet :-)? I totally want to be on that diet 🙂
Thank you so much, the flavors work well. I took one bite and threw the rest away. Sticking to the diet!!
You are a stronger woman than I. I made a cake earlier this week for my husband (Myles’) stepson’s birthday, and had to be forced by Myles to leave the remaining cake at their home after the party. I would love to know more about your cleansing. Is it all liquid?
I had my daughter come by and get the cake and whipped cream so it would be out of my house. I am doing the GM diet, it’s a little weird but really works. I’ve lost 10 lbs in 5 days so far and look at it as a kick start to a regular diet which I am starting on Monday, My goal is to lose 20 lbs. You eat certain foods on certain days, e.g. day only fruit no banana, day 2 all vegetables the first two days are HARD. Lots and lots of water, lets see day 3 fruits and veggies, day 4 banana’s (up to 8) and 24 oz of milk and vegetable soup, day 5 meat and 6 fresh tomatoes (vegetarians can sub tofu), day 6 meat and veggies and day 7 brown rice, veggies and fruit juice. I hated it at first but now really love it. Great results and preps you for healthier eating.
Wow! What a creative take on Abby’s recipes. Just gorgeous!
Thank you so much Carol. It has a somewhat exotic flavor and the cake recipe is the best, thanks to Abby.
What marvelous flavors you added! I love your version, and I’ll bet your coconut lime whipped cream would be delicious with other desserts, too.
Thanks Hannah, the cake is really flavorful and you are so right, that whipped cream would be great with so many other desserts. Was thinking key lime pie!
What an exceptional cake! It looks perfect as an angel food cake 😀
Your version is super exotic too!
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Thank you so much, it really is wonderful, Abby’s recipe is fantastic
Wow this is inspirational, totally different! The cream sounds devine!
Thank you so much Jayne for such a nice comment. The whipped cream is really good and goes so well with the cake.
Genius spin with the coconut lime cream! This angel cake is so perfect isn’t it? And lemongrass and basil, inspired! Gorgeous photos too
Thank you so much Wendy. I so appreciate your kind comments.
Oh my goodness!!! What an incredibly creative and delicious spin on this month’s #baketogether! I am so impressed.
Thank you so much, I am on a diet so only took one bite but it really came out wonderfully. You are too kind, thank you again.
You are a woman with some will power!! After reading that I really don’t think I could have just had one bite 😉 Kudos to you!
I have such a hard time, I have to get it out of the house before I cave. It’s such a battle losing weight and I have an especially hard time denying myself sweets. Thank you so much
A very interesting flavor combination! I’m not very adventurous when it comes to flavors-mixing, yours look really soft, fluffy and delicious!
I’m not either, honestly but I discovered basil discovered how wonderful a little basil is in a sweet recipe last year. The lemongrass just tastes lemony and the basil can be omitted entirely. Thank you so much.
I missed this one because of a new job and other commitments. Your angel food cake looks amazingly yummy!
Thank you so much, I have a hard time balancing work and my passion which is cooking. Hope the new job is going well, congrats!
Oh goodness! I love angel food cake and it sounds and looks fantastic!
Thank you so much, I love this cake, angel food cake on it’s own is wonderful but the thai basil, lemongrass and lime make it very special.
My mom used to buy angel food cake at the grocery store and it was wrapped in this plastic wrap.. and to get it off you would have to hold the cake inside and I would get my hands all sticky. But it was so well worth it!
This cake looks amazing, I want some angel food cake now! 🙂
I remember that very well, the sticky fingers tasted so good. I love angel food cake and it’s worth the messy fingers. Thanks so much.
I can tell this would be super flavorful, and I bet the little green flecks are lovely.
It’s funny that you should post this now. I had a REALLY busy week last week, but was hosting my parents for my Dad’s birthday celebration. He loves strawberry pie, but I just didn’t have time to make one. Instead, I grabbed some strawberries, whipped cream, and a store-bought angel food cake. Well….the cake was….not great. Just sort of dry and no real flavor. My husband said “I wish this cake was FLAVORED with something!” And since I know nothing about baking, I responded with “wait….there are flavored angel food cakes?”
Yes, yes there are 🙂
Thank you so much, this cake is intensely flavorful, angel food cakes though delicious can tend to be rather bland. I love the Thai flavoring in the cake, it really does elevate it. Thanks so much Lori.
I was going to make a different angel food cake recipe, but now I may have to try this instead!
Its a really good recipe, I usually use a different one, the one I posted on Food52, I didn’t want to post Abbie’s recipe there. But both are great! Love angel food cake, let me know how it turns out.