One of the baking memories I have with my mom is making Angel Food Cake. The excitement of the sweet light cloudy-like cake was only a part of it. The main event: defying gravity by cooling the cake upside-down. It was truly something I enjoyed. The one thing we had trouble with was the pan. We had two pans that are great for regular cakes, but they both were 1-Piece pans, making taking out the cakes an adventure on its own. A few weekends ago, I got to buy a new 2-Piece non-stick pan but they didn’t have the ones with lil’ feet. So, if you’re looking to buy a new pan, definitely get this one here: 2-Piece Angel Food Cake Pan with Feet, as it makes it turning upside-down a breeze. Since my pan doesn’t have feet, I used two small loaf tins upside-down as the base where the Angel Food Cake Pan would rest. That way it cooled faster and as it should: upside-down.
Now, this cake consists mainly in whipping egg whites and folding the dry ingredients: it has no rising agent (leavener) nor fat. So, in order for the cake to rise properly and stay risen, you don’t grease the pan. If you do, it will prevent the cake from rising properly as the egg whites won’t be able to hold on to the pans’ sides.
When separating eggs, I find that using 3 bowls and an egg white separator like this one helps quite much. You don’t have to worry about passing the egg between the cracked shells (which can make your yolk break). You place the egg white separator over bowl #1, carefully crack the egg, let the separator catch the yolk. Transfer the egg yolk to bowl #2 and then the egg white to bowl #3. Then, you start all over again. The beauty of this, is that if one of the yolks breaks or you get egg-shell on any of the separated eggs, you just have to switch bowl #1 for a clean one instead of redoing everything again, as you need no yolks in the egg whites for it to whip properly.
The cake is really easy to make, but you need time. You need time to separate the eggs, sift the dry ingredients several times and time to let the cake cool upside-down (fun fun!). And since it has no butter in it, you can have a slice or two ;)