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'Angel' Food Cake With Lemon Curd #GBBO

As-Salamu Alaikum,

Angel food cake with lemon curd is a must bake from this years series of The Great British Bake Off
It was given to the Bakers by Paul and Mary as their first technical challenge. Needless to say really, this is not an easy recipe for a novice baker to attempt however with a little know how (different stages of whipping egg whites, how to make an angel food cake) and the right equipment (tube pan, egg separator, stand mixer or equivalent) it can make your experience a whole lot easier, trust me.

'Angel' food cake is an American light sponge cake. Made from whisking egg whites, cream of tartar and any flavourings together to soft peak stage and then slowly adding sugar to form a firm, not stiff meringue. The job is done after gently folding in plain/cake flour along with more sugar, easy?!

One great tip when separating eggs, is to do them 1 by 1 in another bowl first before adding each yolk free white to your main bowl, that way you will avoid that 1 broken yolk spoiling all your whites. At the very most you will loose 1 egg white maybe 2 if your like me and forget to put your egg white in the mixing bowl before separating another egg.

Baking in an ungreased tube pan is very important so that the cake can cling to the sides of the pan this helps it rise plus the tube in the centre helps cook the cake evenly.

Always, always, once your cake has baked turn the pan upside down as you do with a chiffon cake, this prevents the cake from falling in on itself and don't worry it is very unlikely your cake will fall out because you didn't butter your pan remember?

This is not my first time making an Angel food cake but the second. My first attempt was barely edible, not only did I not use a tube pan but I didn't fold in my flour thoroughly so don't do as I did and be patient when folding in your flour, don't worry you won't loose all the air you built up in your meringue if you are gentle just try to work fairly quick, lets say within 5 minutes.

Well they didn't really let this all American cake go out there without putting something British all over it, yes whipped cream but I was thinking more of Lemon Curd. Yes I did my research Fruit Curd originated in England back in the late 19th early 20th Century.

Egg yolks that are leftover from separating go into a pan with sugar, lemon juice and zest to make your very own, far better than shop bought lemon curd.
Sweet and Sour and Smooth (from the addition of Butter) you will produce more than enough curd to decorate the cake, so you can eat the rest as I did by the spoonful or use as a filling for cupcakes and I sometimes even spread it on toast!

Creamy, Light, Sweet and Citrus this cake you can Bake at home for everyday and that special occasion.

Passion fruit is called for to also top the cake, I couldn't get my hands on any but I feel raspberries would make a nice alternative.

For the full recipe click here
* I used a 9inch tube pan instead of the 10inch called for in the recipe
** I didn't use cream of tartar to stabilise my egg whites (makes them whip better) but if you want to I recommend the dr. oetker brand as it is made from unfermented grapes.

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At 12 September 2013 at 19:13 , Blogger Aiza said...

Angel Food Cake is amazing. It has the best texture and you can try out various flavours. Lemon curd is British I agree and your attempt at converting the cake to a British aura did you justice :') Love it.

At 13 September 2013 at 08:32 , Blogger Unknown said...

Have you ever made a chocolate version? I think i saw one on joy of baking website, might give it a go soon inshaAllah
Thank you for your regular visits here Aiza, i'd love you to guest post here sometime? No pressure i know your busy in education right now just thought i'd let you know the door is open and it would be a pleasure :)
Salam Alaikum

At 13 September 2013 at 15:44 , Blogger Laila said...

This cake looks so good! I really would like to taste it :D


At 13 September 2013 at 17:37 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you laila you should give it a try some day inshaAllah

At 14 September 2013 at 11:07 , Blogger Aiza said...

Wasalaam. That would be a great honour. Yes I have college but to be honest I don't have a lot to do these first few weeks. I'll start working on it In shaa Allah and shall contact you soon.
Love x
Ps. No need for the thank you. I love your blog. :*

At 18 September 2013 at 10:44 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaykum sister, hope you and your family are in good iman and health and all are smiling.

At 18 September 2013 at 22:34 , Blogger Unknown said...

Wa alaikum salam dear sanaa, alhamdulillah and for you too. Sure have missed you blogging <3

At 23 September 2013 at 20:54 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salaam Sister!
This cake looks amazing! I'm loving the look of your blog! I'm excited to see your new posts :)

At 24 September 2013 at 06:25 , Blogger Unknown said...

Wa Alaikum Salam,
aww thank you and JazakAllah Khair Sister.

At 24 September 2013 at 20:34 , Blogger gateau algerien said...

macha allah sister, I just saw your email, and you did put a rong link, but I looked on google, and came here...
I have to visit your website now, see you...


At 24 September 2013 at 21:46 , Blogger Unknown said...

Salam alaikum sister,
Thank you for visiting, glad you found me :)


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