Angel Food Cake

Submitted by: Everyday Recipes
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Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: Fifteen Minutes
Total Time: More than 1 hour

1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
12 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
Optional frosting:
2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tbsp cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 F. Prepare a 10-inch tube pan, ensuring it is clean and dry so the egg whites don't deflate. Sift together the flour and 1/4 cup of the sugar, set aside. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar and salt to medium stiff peaks. Gradually add the remaining sugar while continuing to whip to stiff peaks.

Fold in the dry ingredients gradually (do not over-mix). Put the batter into the tube pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the cake springs back when touched. Cool. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert onto a plate. As an option, serve with frosting: beat all frosting ingredients together until smooth and ice the cake.

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