Taste of Home’s angel food cake recipe receives 5 out of 5 stars from reviewers on TasteOfHome.com. The recipe calls for a combination of vanilla and almond extracts and serves 12 to 16 people.
To make Taste of Home’s angel food cake, place 9 egg whites or 1 1/4 cups egg whites in a large bowl, and allow them to stand at room temperature for around 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and move the oven rack to its lowest position. Sift together 1 cup of cake flour and 1/2 cup of sugar, and set it to the side.
Add 1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the egg whites. Beat the mixture with an electric mixture on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1 cup of sugar to the mixture, adding just 2 tablespoons at a time. Continue beating while adding the sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold the flour in gradually, adding 1/2 cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
Spoon the mixture into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Use a knife to cut through the batter to remove any air pockets. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top appears dry and the cake is lightly brown. Remove from the oven, invert the pan, and allow the cake to cool for about an hour.