National Angel Food Cake Day:
Celebrating the light and fluffy Angel Food Cake, the National Angel Food cake day is annually celebrated on the 10th of October. It was celebrated for the first time in the year 1870, mostly by Pennsylvania Dutch.
Why National Angel Food Cake Day?
While the celebration of Angel food cake day dates back to the later part of the 19th century, it became more popular during the 2000s. The airy, light texture of the cake is what earned its name as it was popularly known as the food of Angels in heaven. With no butter or oil, or any other chemical ingredients, this cake is truly a piece of heaven. The fact that this cake was made in a century without the latest technological innovations further enhances its value and makes it an important event worthy of celebration.
How can we celebrate National Angel Food Cake Day:
The best way to observe the National Angel Food Cake Day is, of course, to bake a cake and share it with your loved ones. Not just any cake, though, the Angel Food Cake for the day.
On this delicious occasion of National Angel Food Cake Day, let us get to know more about how the cake is actually made.
- Unlike the usual cakes, the Angel Food cake is made in an ungreased tube pan. These are pans with a tube in the middle, which results in the cake rising higher while evenly spreading into the pan’s sides. This is also why these cakes have a hole in the center.
- The cake doesn’t use yeast or any other rising agents but relies solely on the egg whites and the way the batter is made to make the cake airy, fluffy, and light.
- The egg whites are whipped until they form stiff peaks, and then the flour, cream of tartar, and sugar are added to it. The technique lies in the whipping of the egg whites to get the right texture.
- Once the cake is baked, the pan is kept in an inverted position as it cools down. This is to avoid the mixture folding onto itself.
- The cake is often topped with fruits, fruit sauces, and glazes that add to the sweetness of the cake.
- While the ingredients list is quite small, baking this cake is not as simple as that. Of course, with the electric mixer, the job is now made easier.
On this National Angel Food Cake day, you can bake the cake in your favorite flavor and share it with your friends and family. Use Hashtags #NationalAngelFoodCakeDay and #AngelFoodCakeDay to share your recipes.
Interesting facts about National Angel Food Cake Day:
As we enjoy the fluffiest Angle cake on the National Angel Food Cake Day, here are some interesting facts about the cake itself.
- Angel food cake, as you can infer from the name, is a sponge cake that is made without any chemical agents like baking soda or yeast.
- It is completely free of butter or oil, making it a dessert free of fats.
- In 1880 a recipe for this cake was printed in the New York Times.
- The Angel Food cake was also the favorite of the First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes from the 19th
- In the place of frosting, these cakes usually are topped up with whipped cream, sweet fruit sauce, or a glaze.
- There are many different flavors and varieties available in this cake now, including Strawberry, Pineapple, Lemon, and more.
- It is cooked in a tube pan, and the cake usually has a hole in its center.
- The cake can also be added when making the trifles thanks to the airy texture that absorbs the flavors beautifully.
History of National Angel Food Cake Day:
The Origin of this day is Unknown! Anyways, let’s see how we got this delicious cake.
It was in 1878 when the recipe for the Angel food cake appeared for the first time in “The Home Messenger Book of Tested Recipes.” Several cake molds for the Angel Food cake have been unearthed in the Pennsylvania Dutch country, emphasizing the origins of the cake to be from there. There are also speculations that the cake originated from a region with slave labor as the batter is hard to make by hand in an era without electricity.
While there might be various speculations to the origin of the cake, the cake itself is so delicious that one can say it is aptly named as the Angel Food.