Sunday, November 21, 2010
Red Velvet Angel Food Cake
First off, it was sooo cold in SoCal yesterday! :( Freezing! I love the rain but the weather following the rain wasn't so...great! I ended up sleeping with two different blankets! Anyways...that's my rant for today! haha :)
So the recipe that I want to share with you all is Red Velvet Angel Food Cake! Who loves a good old red velvet cupcake? And who like angel food cakes? Me...and me! :) I love the subtle chocolate flavor and lovely cream cheese frosting that's key for red velvet cupcakes. And I'm a HUGE fan of angel food cakes (please look at previous posts). So when Faye posted up pictures of an Red Velvet Angel Food Cake a few days ago, I was definitely excited to give it a try...it's the best of both worlds! :) Like having two desserts in one? hehe :)
I was actually planning on baking cornbread yesterday...but someone (aka my brother) ate all the corn kernels :( So I decided to skip baking anything for this weekend until I remembered Faye's recipe! As I mentioned, the weather fell below 45 degrees F where I happen to live and my parents went to the sauna at night. My brother and I were bored and craving something to satisfy our sweet tooth. I suggested that we make the Red Velvet Angel Food Cake and my brother, who had yet to try a red velvet cupcake in his 16+ years of living, readily agreed. Is it weird that he's never tried a red velvet cupcake? I mean, I've baked it a few times but where was this boy?! haha :) Anyways, so the story goes that he agreed to bake this angel food cake with me. Sibling bonding time much? Yup! :D
I was somewhat skeptical to make this yesterday just because there was lot of moisture in the air due to the rainfall. And egg whites are not necessarily the best friends with moisture, humidity, etc. Thank goodness for the creation of cream of tartar though because this turned out yummy and will definitely be a keeper! :D So for those of you that are angel food cake fans and red velvet cupcakes fans, please give this recipe a try! You won't regret it! :)
Red Velvet Angel Food Cake
Recipe from Faye
1 1/2 cups egg whites (10-12 large), room temperature
1 1/2 cups caster sugar, divided
1 cup sifted cake flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp red vegetable food coloring
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 325F.
1. In a small bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup sugar, the cocoa powder and the cake flour. Set aside.
2. Beat egg whites until frothy, then add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until fully incorporated then begin to add the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar 1-2 tablespoons at a time. When sugar has been added, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Add the warm water, vanilla, food coloring and lemon extract and beat for a few seconds to evenly distribute.
3. Sift the flour/sugar/cocoa powder mixture over the egg whites in 6-8 additions and gently fold it in after each addition. Take your time and do it gently to avoid deflating the egg whites.
4. Spoon or pour batter into an to an ungreased spring form or 9 inch tube pan with a removeable bottom. Smooth the top with a spatula and tap the pan on the counter once or twice to ensure that there are no large bubbles lurking beneath the surface.
5. Bake for 40-42 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly pressed. Transfer the cake straight to the freezer while preparing the frosting. Freezing the cake before frosting helps to make the frosting smoother and to avoid crumbs when slicing the cake in two for filling.
*Note: A few of the pictures during the process. The lighting wasn't so great in the kitchen last night so I ended up with pictures that weren't of the best quality. So, here's some pictures during the process.
My brother separating the egg yolks and egg whites. It was his first time but he's pretty good! :)
We ended up throwing all the egg yolks away because we didn't want to bake anything else. Kind of a waste but oh well~
Brother's first time whipping egg whites too! Proud of him :D
Adding lemon extract, vanilla extract, food coloring. As you can see, I ran out of liquid food coloring so I ended up using gel food coloring.
Love the color. Dislike the fact that it takes so much food coloring to achieve this color!
Off to be baked! :)
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cupful cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 cupful cool whip, well chilled
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Beat cream cheese and confectioner's sugar till creamy.
2. Add vanilla extract and continue beating for a minute.
3. Fold, do not beat the well chilled Cool Whip till fully incorporated.
A look at inside the cake.
A bite for all my readers :)
Hope you all enjoy & please stay warm in the cold! Drink lots of tea and watch out for the flu! Take care :D
PS. Here's a link for those that have never made angel food cake before. It's from Alton Brown's show and it was definitely helpful when I made my first angel food cake.