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Happy First Day Of Spring An Angel Food Cake To Celebrate

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

It’s the first day of Spring and guess what, in NYC we are waiting for a snow storm, kind of dismal so to cheer myself up I made an Angel Food Cake, which is one of my all time favorites, I love how light it is, that it’s fat free and so moist. I usually serve it simply with berries and whipped cream or if I make cupcakes I will sometimes frost with a chocolate swiss meringue buttercream. This cake is perfect for spring and summer when berries are in season and plentiful. It’s a little early for berries at the farmers market but the berries I got in the supermarket weren’t bad. I have been making this cake recipe for years, It’s from James McNair’s “Cakes”. I love his cookbook the angel food and chiffon cakes are the best and always consistently good. I made a raspberry whipped cream frosting and decorated with fresh berries.

I am bringing this cake to Fiesta Friday #111 this week. A super light cake with loads of assorted berries and gently sweetened whipped cream makes a lovely dessert. This week Angies wonderful co hosts are Naina @ Spice in the City and Julianna @ Foodie On Board.

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Angel Food Cake

Recipe by James McNair from his book “Cakes”

1 cup cake flour

1 1/2 cup granulated sugar divided

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups egg whites at room temperature (approximately 16 large eggs)

2 tsp cream of tartar

zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre heat oven to 325 degrees. No need to prep your pan all you need is a 10 inch tube pan with removable bottom and feet (so you can invert while cake cools). Sift flour, salt, and 3/4 cup sugar and set aside. In stand mixer with whisk attachment start whipping the egg whites, when they are frothy add the cream of tartar increase speed to medium high and whip until the egg whites are billowy and form soft peaks. Add the remaining 3/4 cup sugar a little at a time (about a tbs) whip until the egg whites form stiff peaks being careful not to overwhip. It takes about 5-6 minutes, now add the lemon zest and vanilla. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the dry ingredients with either a spatula or balloon whisk in 3 increments making sure that all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Spoon into tube pan, smooth the top and bake for approximately 50 minutes. Cake will be golden brown and springy when touched.

Invert cake pan so it is standing on the feet, if your tube pan does not have feet you can invert onto a wine bottle. Let cool completely approximately 1 1/2 -2 hours. To remove cake run flexible offset spatula around the edge of the pan and around the tube. Gently remove the cake by pushing the tube part. When the cake is out of the pan you can free it from the tub by running  a spatula or butter knife along the bottom of the tube, the cake will come off and you can place on serving dish.

Frosted Cake

Frosted Cake

Raspberry Whipped Cream Frosting

2 cups heavy cream very cold and divided

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tsp corn starch

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 pint fresh raspberries mashed.

Place 1/2 cup of the heavy cream in a small saucepan, add the cornstarch and powdered sugar and whisk so there are no lumps. On medium heat stirring constantly stir or whisk the cream mixture until it thickens, it is like pudding, spoon into a bowl and let cool to room temperature stirring occasionally.

While the stabilizer is cooling place whisk attachment and bowl of mixer in the freezer to get cold. When it’s sufficiently cold add the cold cream, stabilizer, and the vanilla. Whip until thick and spreading consistency. Gently fold in the raspberries and frost the cake immediately.

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147 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh my yes please…..I’ll be right over my friend…Gorgeous, beautiful, I want some…

    March 20, 2016
  2. Pretty! I love the smashed berries in the icing!

    March 20, 2016
    • Made me feel like Spring even though it’s cold and going to snow today😄thank you so much

      March 20, 2016
      • You have had quite a winter there!

        March 20, 2016
      • It’s been weird, warmer than usual with one huge snow. It will barely snow today but was hoping for nice warm sunny day rather a snowstorm.

        March 20, 2016
  3. Happy Spring Suzanne! A good angel food cake is always welcome and yours has an amazing frosting!

    March 20, 2016
    • Hi Viviana, thank you so much. I guess you are getting ready for fall and winter. Have a lovely day!😄

      March 20, 2016
      • Indeed! Though I would love to live somewhere that felt like Spring all year round! 😉 Enjoy the incoming season!

        March 20, 2016
      • If I could bypass Winter and summer and just have spring and fall I would be very happy!!

        March 20, 2016
  4. Gladly, it seems the storm is not going to be as bad as they told us and spring is coming…

    I love angel food cakes, and your version with the whipped cream and berries makes me love it even more. It looks stunning!

    March 20, 2016
    • No the storm will almost be non existent I think. Thank goodness, Thank you so much, I love angel food cake as well, it’s so light

      March 20, 2016
  5. Oh my Suzanne, what a gorgeous cake to celebrate the first day of Spring with ! It looks absolutely divine, light, fresh and so summery. I love it !!! Happy Spring to you Suzanne. 🙂

    March 20, 2016
  6. Very lovely…my mouth is watering.

    March 20, 2016
  7. Wow, this cake looks so tasty with all those berries 🙂

    March 20, 2016
  8. Happy Spring 🙂

    March 20, 2016
  9. Happy🌻Spring

    Even tho it feels like Autumn around here…

    March 20, 2016
    • I know right, just took Percy out wearing a sweat shirt, down jacket, gloves and hat. Not right for the first day of spring. LOL! Looking forward to celebrating the passing of winter.

      March 20, 2016
  10. I’ve actually never made angel food cake before. I tell myself every Spring that I will and it just never happens lol Yours looks BEAUTIFUL Suzanne. So light and airy. Good job 🙂

    March 20, 2016
    • Hi Jess, you should give this recipe a try if you want to make one, It’s super easy and so delicious, Thanks so much.

      March 20, 2016
  11. Such a pretty cake! It definitely says “springtime” along with the bunnies and sweet bouquet of flowers. I’m going to focus on this yumminess and ignore the snow heading our way. 😊

    March 20, 2016
    • Exactly thank you I will focus on the spring like food. Thank you so much.

      March 20, 2016
  12. Fantastic. Angel cakes are always a treat and a great way to welcome Spring

    March 20, 2016
    • Thank you so much Philip, I thought it would be nice and light and a good start to the season.

      March 20, 2016
  13. What a gorgeous cake Suzanne. And Happy Spring to you and Percy! Glad the snow storm didn’t pan out for you. 🙂

    March 20, 2016
    • Thanks Kathryn, it’s cold but the snow fizzled or at least thats what it appears to have done, saw a few flakes. Hope you had a great Sunday and first day of Spring,

      March 20, 2016
      • It poured buckets of rain today, but at least it wasn’t snow! I went and did some shopping and got some workout clothes. I signed up for a fitness class that starts on Tuesday, YIKES! I haven’t exercised in years, I’ve lost strength and my core, and I ain’t getting any younger! 😀

        March 20, 2016
      • It was cold here but sunny and dry at least almost the whole day. Good for you, I need to do the same. Keep meaning or wanting to sign up for Pilates, love it but I honestly have not found a place around here and going into the city to exercise isn’t happening. Best of luck with the workout.

        March 20, 2016
  14. Happy first day of spring to you too, Suzanne! And so sorry to hear about the snow storm! two days ago I was sitting with a friend on the deck with a glass of wine… not that I’m being smug or anything….. oh, OK… I’m being a bit smug! But we west coasters are known to be that way this time of year! 😉 I love your cake. Angel food cakes make me happy too! 😀

    March 20, 2016
    • You have every right to be smug!!! So far so good here cold but no sign of snow yet!! Thank you so much💐

      March 20, 2016
  15. Happy first day of spring to you too. I am sorry to hear about your snowstorm – the sun shone here this afternoon, I am hoping the good weather will continue. Your angel cake looks so pretty. 😉

    March 20, 2016
    • Happy Spring to you as well. No snow yet, cold but bright blue sky. Maybe good fortune will smile on us and we will be snow free

      March 20, 2016
  16. Happy Spring Suzanne! We just love Angel food cake, and I’ve never made one from scratch. I’ve got to give this a try. We like it with berries and whipped cream too!

    March 20, 2016
    • It’s a super recipe Julie so easy to make. I always seem to have a surplus of egg whites around and when it reaches the 2 cup mark I make angel food cake. Thank you so much😄

      March 20, 2016
  17. This cake looks amazing! I’ve never made Angel food cake before, but this recipe looks like a good one to start with, although i’ll need to go shopping for a tube pan and its always dangerous when I go shopping for bakeware as I always buy more than what I went in for! Looks gorgeous with the raspberries in the frosting and also the strawberries and blackberries on top. Definitely makes me feel like Spring is in the air! Hope the weather improves with you soon xx

    March 20, 2016
    • It’s a fantastic recipe, have been making this cake for years and love it. James McNair has some really wonderful cakes in his book.

      March 20, 2016
      • I will have to get my hands on a copy of James McNair’s book.

        March 21, 2016
  18. Perfect way to welcome spring!

    March 20, 2016
  19. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    The cake is pretty, almost looks to pretty to eat:) Happy first day of spring to you too.

    March 20, 2016
  20. This looks beautiful! Happy spring!🐣

    March 20, 2016
  21. Spring has sprung, well, at least the cake has that vibe! Am fascinated by the icing/topping and will try it soon. Looks delish.

    March 20, 2016
    • Thank you Lisa, I thought it would be nice to smash some berries and add to the whipped cream, it’s delicious, Like Fool but used as a cake topping.

      March 20, 2016
  22. What a cheery and gorgeous cake! Happy spring Suzanne!

    March 20, 2016
  23. You brought spring into your house when you made this great looking cake. I haven’t made Andes food cake for ages. Your recipe looks divine.

    March 20, 2016
    • Thanks so much Gerlinde. It’s a fantastic recipe. Very Springy, light and a lovely dessert.

      March 20, 2016
    • I don’t know about those spell checks, of course I mean angle food cake. I hope your weather is improving.

      March 22, 2016
  24. Sandhya #

    Suzanne,
    We are expecting about 6 inches of snow overnight too so your happy spring cake is a double treat for the eyes! Oh how I wish I could grab that plate with the slice of your mouth watering cake on it!
    I love teh texture of angel food cake and your cake with the scrumptious frosting and the berries is truly a treat.

    March 20, 2016
    • Oh no Sandhya, 6 inches. I was walking Percy a little while ago and saw them spreading salt on the roads, maybe we are still in danger of getting some snow here. Here’s hoping the temps will warm and the snow will melt. Thank you so much and hope you have a wonderful week.

      March 20, 2016
  25. This is one gorgeous cake, Suzanne!! It’s pouring rain here today, with snow coming back to the mountains. So you’re in good company 🙂 This is one of my favorite kinds of cakes too!

    March 20, 2016
    • We got a dusting of snow overnight, it’s almost completely melted now. Hope the sun is shining where you are. Thank you so much.

      March 21, 2016
  26. This is one of my favorite kinds of cakes too! And yours is gorgeous!! Snow moving into the mountains here too – happy spring to you 🙂

    March 20, 2016
  27. Luscious cakes Suzanne!! Angel food is Larry’s favorite, but I’ve only ever made it from a mix. But I am really going to try this! — and hope the cold front passed you by and are getting a little real spring there!! I love it when everything starts blooming around here. thanks for the super recipe friend. xo

    March 20, 2016
    • Thank you Rhonda, do try this recipe. It’s the best and always works so well. There was a dusting of snow, the temp is moderate and the sun is shining it’s a beautiful day today. Happy Monday and Happy Spring and thank you.

      March 21, 2016
      • It does sound beautiful Suzanne–I think I’ll try the cake for Easter. Family is coming and the grand-girls would like all the berries! thanks1

        March 22, 2016
  28. Nivedita Dafade #

    Happy spring! The cake looks so inviting! 🙂

    March 20, 2016
  29. Oh yes, this is a perfect way to celebrate!

    March 20, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sheryl. Happy Spring. Looking forward to your gardening posts.

      March 21, 2016
  30. Absolutely loved the cake Suzanne! I think I loved the gorgeous raspberry icing the most!
    Stay warm and safe for the snow storm. I am sure the cake will keep you a good company :).

    March 20, 2016
    • Thank you Sonal, the icing is really like a Fool. Fresh smashed berries and whipped cream. I Stabilized the whipped cream so it would be stiff enough to stay on the cake, a la James McNair. Thanks so much and Happy Spring.

      March 21, 2016
  31. What a beautiful cake. Happy spring. Here in Southern California the weather is great. Hopefully, you will feel the beautiful spring weather soon!

    March 21, 2016
    • The weather is always beautiful in California. Lucky you! Thank you so much.

      March 21, 2016
  32. Happy Spring!!! I am listening to the birds signing outside as I eat my breakfast 😀😀 I hope the cake kept you warm and snuggly! xx

    March 21, 2016
    • The cake was such a lovely reminder of Spring for me. Thank you so much Elaine and Happy Spring.

      March 21, 2016
      • It’s been beautiful here today, Bob just loves it 🙂

        March 21, 2016
  33. This looks so delicious!!!

    March 21, 2016
  34. Heck Suzanne, you could do all of your 5 a day at once with this cake.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

    March 21, 2016
    • Lol, thank you so much David a very Happy Spring to you my friend. Massive hugs!!!

      March 21, 2016
  35. This looks wonderful!

    March 21, 2016
  36. This cake is screaming my name and I can’t resist the urge to take 3 slices for me. 😀 This looks really beautiful and delicious! 🙂

    March 21, 2016
  37. Oh, a truly angelic angel food cake, Suzanne. The berries, the whipped cream frosting… Back when I could eat it, angel food was my favorite. I liked it plain, but your description of the toppings is tantalizing. Yes, food for angels. Happy spring — and mega hugs.

    March 21, 2016
    • Next time it’s Devils food I love contrast. Thank you so much. Must say angel food because it’s so light and ethereal is one of my favorite cakes.🙏🏻❤️💕

      March 21, 2016
  38. What a gorgeous cake, the height, the berries and the whipped cream create such a dramatic effect…..of course love your cake stand too. You are definitely celebrating spring with a bang Suzanne. It’s all so beautiful! We were supposed to have had snow last night, but fortunately for us, it did not arrive. Yipeeeeeeeeee. Enjoy your week. 🙂

    March 21, 2016
  39. This looks absolutely divine!!!

    March 21, 2016
  40. I love your work, this cake is stunning Suzanne. Perfect to celebrate Spring! 🙂

    March 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much Linda and the feeling is mutual. Happy Spring, wouldn’t we have a nice party with your orange loaf and the angel food cake. YUM!!

      March 21, 2016
  41. What a lovely cake! I have always loved angel food cake! Some day I should try making one at home. I never have. Happy Spring to you too!

    March 21, 2016
  42. It looks so light and airy! Thanks for sharing a great recipe – I will have to check it out for Easter!

    March 21, 2016
    • Thanks Jasmine, yes I am kind of test running recipes for Easter. This one is definitely a contender. So light and spring like. Thank you so much.

      March 21, 2016
  43. It looks so light and fluffy!!! Perfect for the 1st day of spring 🙂

    March 21, 2016
  44. What a yummy Cake! I’m a huge fan of Angel food cakes but never realized had the guts to try it! Have to now after reading your post 😊

    March 21, 2016
    • Oh Lina, you should give it a go, very simple and delicious. Thank you so much.

      March 21, 2016
  45. It has been crazy weather here too, but we finally got some sunshine over the weekend 🙂 That Angel food cake looks just beautiful Suzanne! So very light and such a gorgeous rise to it! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday!!

    March 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much Naina. Thank you for co hosting the party this week.

      March 21, 2016
  46. A really beautiful recipe, Suzanne. I love a nice, light sponge, too, and that raspberry cream frosting looks to die for! It definitely has that WOW factor!

    March 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much Millie. It’s a light as a feather cake and the raspberry whipped cream is also a nice light frosting, It reminds me of Spring.

      March 21, 2016
  47. Happy Spring Suzanne! I’ve never frosted an angel food cake before, I usually just serve whipped cream on the side. Your recipe for the frosting sounds wonderfully light and refreshing though, I’ll have to give it a try!

    March 21, 2016
    • I only frost an angel food cake occasionally, I was on the fence about whether to do but decided why not, It turned out so nice. Thank you so much Heather,

      March 21, 2016
  48. Susan #

    Happy spring! Snow’s over now! Let the warm breezes blow gently!

    March 21, 2016
    • Happy Spring Susan, yep the snow is gone, only a dusting over night and today is sunny and the temps are a bit warmer. Have a great week.

      March 21, 2016
      • Susan #

        You too😘

        March 21, 2016
  49. Oh my what a gorgeous looking cake. … just love it …. yummm…Happy Spring Suzanne. ..

    March 21, 2016
  50. So light and fluffy! The bits of raspberry in the frosting look delicious 🙂

    March 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much Mary Frances, I was originally going to just make a raspberry syrup and make it as the stabilizer for the frosting but decided to use the whole fruit. It really tasted nice,

      March 21, 2016
  51. My Mom use to make angel food cakes and I don’t know why I haven’t. Looks lovely and refreshing actually with that fresh raspberry icing 🙂

    March 22, 2016
    • Thanks Judi, I love making angel food and chiffon cakes. They are so light and a favorite here,

      March 22, 2016
  52. I love angel food cake too and it is just perfect with whipped cream and berries. Your cake looks amazing and your presentation is gorgeous. Happy spring!

    March 22, 2016
  53. Beautiful looking cake and perfect for spring, if only it would arrive, we are also expecting a big snow storm on Thursday 😦

    March 22, 2016
    • Oh no, the snow came and went and tomorrow will be close to 70. I am so looking forward to Spring. Thank you so much.

      March 22, 2016
  54. Now that’s a cake! Stunning, Suzanne… love all the fruity goodness. Bookmarked and making! I finally can use my new tube pan…yay!

    March 22, 2016
  55. Thank goodness it wasn’t that bad! The snow melted really quickly here.
    I love how your cake looks like. And that frosting??? So, so beautiful!

    March 22, 2016
    • We barely got a dusting but it was quite cold, it’s all melted now and and the temps are getting nice. Love it when it’s just a little cool and the sun shines. Thanks so much Francesca.

      March 22, 2016
  56. This is one gorgeous cake and look at your itty bitty flowers already!! 🙂 You’re making it feel like spring!

    March 23, 2016
    • Those little flowers are always the first to pop up in my yard, also the crocus. The harbingers of Spring. Thank you so much Mollie.

      March 23, 2016
  57. Happy Spring, dear Suzzane! A beautiful cake to start spring! A light cake with delightful frosting with crushed berries. Yum! And of course, the spring motif decorations. Perfect for Easter too. We Iranians are still celebrating our Nowruz (New Year). A week ago, I posted our Persian food bloggers’ Nowruz recipe round-up. Please check it out. 🙂

    March 23, 2016
    • Thank you Fae and Happy New Year, Nowruz to you and your family,. I will certainly check out your post Immediately. Thank you so much.

      March 23, 2016
  58. Really splendid! What artistry.

    March 23, 2016
  59. Just delicious!!! The frosting is beautiful Suzanne, love the idea of the fresh raspberries rippled through (heart eye emoji!!!). I am definitely going to try this xx

    March 24, 2016
    • Thanks Laura, the frosting was really nice, I love it because it’s not too sweet and goes so well with the cake. Both light and so spring like. Happy Easter.

      March 25, 2016
  60. wow that looks delicious!

    March 25, 2016
  61. Omg what a beautiful cake… so tempting!!!! You are so talented.

    March 25, 2016
  62. Your cake looks beautiful with all the fruit on top! I’ve been wanting to try making an Angel Food Cake-you are inspiring me to do it! 🙂

    March 25, 2016
    • It’s a wonderful recipe Nancy, I have been making it for years and it’s very simple and straightforward and delicious. Happy Spring and thank you!!

      March 26, 2016
  63. What an absolutely stunning cake Suzanne! Spring is on its way… I know that mostly from the fact that our trees are all losing their leaves and it’s getting cold at night time already. 😞

    March 26, 2016
    • So funny how we are exactly the opposite. Yes, flowers are blooming, hoping soon to see the tell tale signs of Spring produce wise at the market, the temps are off and on warm and still quite cold though. Stay warm and Happy Fall to you!!

      March 26, 2016
  64. Gorgeous bake ! I’m a big fan of angel food cake too ! Was amazed at how light it is when I first made it 🙂 Perfect to welcome spring !

    March 27, 2016
  65. This cake looks amazing! Even without the icing it looks amazing!
    So ironic you’re waiting for a storm just when spring arrives. We had a quite warmish winter here in Spain and during all of March just before spring arrived the weather went all freezing and very winterlike! We have lovely spring weather now (and me complete with hayfever in combination with ANOTHER flu! UUGHH!). xx

    March 31, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sofia. The weather has been just plain weird here all winter. I have hay fever also as well and have been sick. Take care of yourself and thank you😄

      March 31, 2016

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