Time to Brag {Recipe: Mom’s Best Angel Food Cake}

I know that bragging isn’t always flattering, but I’m throwing all of that out the window today and am going to spend this post bragging about my husband.

I married a really good guy and am very lucky. Sure there are times we don’t get along and when I can’t wait for him to leave on his next business trip, but for the most part I am happily married to a great man.

The kids and I recently went to visit my parents for Spring Break. This left Nick as a bachelor at home for almost a week and a half. While I was gone he… scrubbed the wood floors in our house (the entire first floor), did all the laundry, built extra shelves in our pantry so I’d have space for my cookie sheets, planted flowers, bought me flowers for my desk, cleaned out our dresser, made Limoncello and when we finally arrived home it was to a table set with candlelight and a delicious dinner.

In addition to all of this, he does things on a regular basis that proves he is pretty incredible. He works hard at a demanding job each day, making it possible for me to stay home with the kids. When my work takes me out of town, he happily supports me and takes time off of his job to watch the kids. He does the laundry, which for a family of 6 can be a full time job. He is an amazing dad, taking great interest in what our kids are doing and actively participating in their loves. He’s kind, caring, compassionate and loving. I could go on and on and on… but I’ll stop bragging now.

While I was away visiting my parents, my mom made the most amazing Angel Food Cake. Angel Food Cake just so happens to be Nick’s favorite cake. When we first started dating I found this out and have been making him angel food cake for special occasions ever since. The only problem is, I’ve been making my angel food cake from a box mix. I figured with all the egg whites and things, making it from scratch would be too much work and the taste couldn’t be that different, could it?  When I took one bite of the angel food cake my mom made, I knew I had been slighting my husband for the past 13 years… poor guy. He does so many great things for me and I’ve been making him sub par desserts in return. Homemade Angel Food Cake is pretty darn incredible. Who knew?

I am away on a business trip this weekend for Bush’s Beans, but as soon as I return I’m making my very deserving husband a homemade angel food cake. He deserves it!

Recipe: Mom’s Best Angel Food Cake Supreme (From the Betty Crocker Cookbook 1970’s)

This recipe is great alone, or we also like it cubed and topped with fresh berries and cream.

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 12 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Preheat oven at 375°
  2. Combine cake flour and 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 Tablespoons sugar.
  3. In another large mixer bowl beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until foamy. Add second amount of sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high speed until meringue holds stiff peaks. Remove mixer bowl.
  4. Gently fold in flavorings. Sprinkle flour/sugar mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, over meringue, folding in gently until flour mixture disappears. Push batter into ungreased tube pan. Gently pound the bottom of the pan on a hard suface (countertop) to remove air pockets.
  5. Bake 30-35 minutes until top is browned and springs back when touched with finger. Invert pan over funnel (I use the top of a ketchup bottle) until completely cool.

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  1. says

    I can’t help but brag about my own husband. He’s my best friend and a Prince in my eyes. We love Angel Food Cake, and it’s been on my list to make one, from scratch. I guess I could use the egg yolks to make lots of ice cream custard, right? Or Hollandaise. I think that’s what’s kept me from cracking a dozen eggs for the egg whites. However, like you said, my husband does so much for me. Thanks for the inspiration, and beautiful photos as inspiration.

  2. says

    Oooh, this looks great! I’ve never even tried to make an angel food cake. I use it most in trifles, so I haven’t wanted to break my own heart by ripping my hard work into little pieces. 😉 Now I want to make one. Thanks! And Nick rocks. But he is lucky to have you, TOO. Hope your trip home went well (it hasn’t started yet)!

  3. says

    Nick sounds like a gem! What a lovely welcome home. Angel food cakes are manna from heaven for certain. My mother made a lovely one too. I love the way you’ve served yours.

  4. says

    Oh you are a lucky lady!!!!! 😉

    I love angel food cake and have not had in years. I use to request it when I was a kid. My mom never made it homemade, instead she used a box; but, I loved when it came out of the pan and there was sugary cake stuff to the sides of the pan. I would take my finger and scrap all that goodness off. Loved it.

    I am going to have to try making it at home, using your recipe. You make it sound so easy. Thank you!

  5. says

    I love this post. I could have said all of the same things about my husband (the “sometimes I can’t wait until he leaves on his next business trip” part I can totally relate to, but he’s wonderful in a zillion, thoughtful ways too). I seriously love these old 70’s classic recipes. What a beautiful angel food cake!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Lori! If you are anything like us, we have our peaks and valleys, but luckily the peaks far outweigh the valley’s. Even still, it is nice to have some time apart as well. :)

  6. says

    Hi Kristen,
    I have NEVER made an Angel Food Cake from scratch and the only reason I tried was because I just fell in love with your love story ! I have an incredibly supportive, loving, helpful husband and I too am the luckiest woman alive :0) And I think hes now in love with your mother.. LOL .. Recipe turned out fantastic!! No more boxed cakes for us. Thank you for sharing your moms wonderful recipe :0)

    • says

      Oh this totally made me smile!
      I am so very glad the cake worked out for you. I can’t believe how much better it is than boxed… such a difference.
      Thanks for coming back and letting me know and I’m glad that both of us are lucky ladies!

  7. Julie says

    Your cake is in my oven right now. I have made angelfood several times to mixed results. I hope it tastes as good as it smells.


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