With lavish cakes and cookies, bold milk punches, and more at every turn throughout the holidays, it can be a relief to find a light and bright dessert. This classic angel food cake highlights Louisiana’s first-of-the-season strawberries as well as zippy lemon zest. You could save a few calories by leaving off the Lemon-Thyme Whipped Cream, but you only live once, right?
Angel Food Cake with Lemon-Thyme Whipped Cream
Makes about 12 servings
- 2 cups egg whites (12 to 14 large egg whites), room temperature
- ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1½ cups cake flour
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- Garnish: fresh strawberry slices, lemon zest, chopped fresh thyme
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In the top of a double boiler, place egg whites. Cook over simmering water, without stirring, until slightly warmed, about 5 minutes. Transfer egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat at medium-high speed for 1 minute.
- Add cream of tartar and salt, beating until combined. Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar and extracts, beating until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Transfer batter to a large bowl.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour and remaining 1 cup granulated sugar. Fold flour mixture into batter just until combined. Spread batter in an ungreased 10-cup tube pan.
- Bake until firm to the touch, about 50 minutes. Invert cake onto a narrow-neck bottle, and let cool completely. Using an offset spatula, loosen cake from sides of pan.
- Remove from pan, and place on a serving plate.
- In a small bowl, beat cream with a mixer at medium speed until thick, about 1 minute. Add confectioners’ sugar, thyme, and zest, beating until medium stiff peaks form. Spoon whipped cream over cake. Garnish with strawberries, zest, and thyme, if desired.
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