When is National Angel Food Cake Day? October 10
What is Angel Food Cake?
"Angel food cake is a type of cake that became popular in the U.S. in the late 19th century. It is sometimes referred to as Angel Cake and named because of its airy lightness is said to be the "food of the angels." A variety of Chocolate cake known as Devil's food cake is another popular American cake that was developed later. Angel food cake is a type of foam cake whereas the devil's food cake is a type of butter cake."
"Angel food cake requires that the egg whites be whipped until they are stiff, and gently folded into the other ingredients. For this method of leavening to work well, it is useful to have flour that has been made of softer wheat. This — and the lack of fat — causes angel food cake to have a very light texture and taste. It has led some detractors to liken the taste of the cake, as well as its appearance, to cotton. Angel food cake should be cut with a serrated knife, as a solid blade tends to compress the cake rather than slice it. Forks, electric serrated knives, special tined cutters or a strong thread should be used instead."
Angel Food Cake Pan
"Angel food cake is usually baked in a tube pan, a tall, round pan with a tube up the center that leaves a hole in the middle of the cake. A "bundt pan" can also be used, but the fluted sides can make releasing the cake more difficult. The center tube allows the cake batter to rise higher by 'clinging' to all sides of the pan. Unlike other cakes, the pan should be un-greased to enhance the cake. After baking, the cake pan is inverted while cooling to prevent the cake from falling in on itself. Angel food cake is sometimes frosted but more often has some sort of sauce, such as a sweet fruit sauce, drizzled over it. A simple glaze is also popular. Recently, many chefs (Alton Brown in particular) have popularized the idea of adding aromatic spices such as mace and cloves."
How is this holiday celebrated?
By baking angel food cake and sharing it with your friends and family!
Origin of this Holiday?
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites, food sites and personal Internet sites that
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See Also: Chiffon Cake / Devil's Food Cake
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this holiday does indeed exist. This is referred to as a "National" day as all food holidays are. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though, this is still a holiday to celebrate.