I love cake. And I love summer. But making cake in the summer? Ehh. Not so fun. When it is 90 degrees with 90% humidity the last thing I want to is turn on the oven and bake in my kitchen along with the baked goods. OK. That’s not true. When the oven is on, magic is happening. What goes in that oven must come out. And find it’s way into my mouth. Which it does. Everytime, without fail.
Something I seriously LOVE about summer? Elder flower liqueur. St. Germaine is the best. Summer cocktails with this addition are perfection. It has taken me a little bit, but I have finally adopted my signature cocktail. Alright, so there are 3 or 4 signatures cocktails of Sarah. A girl needs choices. This stuff makes any drink instantly reminiscent of a field full of flowers. It will also give you quite a happy little buzz. it’s really the best of both worlds. Stay tuned for more posts about my
love obsession for this liqueur.
Angel food seems to have become the quintessential springtime/summery cake. It’s light, airy, and HEALTHY. Yes, totally good for you. No butter = healthy. Everyone eat up. Just a slice. Or two or more! Just because there is no butter in this delicate dessert I felt the need to over compensate by DRENCHING this cake in lime glaze. Holy guacamole! Liquor-infused cake. Lime glaze. Basically the definition of summer. So good. So SO good.
Have I mentioned that I love my standing mixer? Probably. Well let me mention again. I LOVE MY STANDING MIXER. And whipping egg whites has become my new favorite activity. I am willing to overlook the fact that making angel food cake is quite a production because whipping the egg whites into firm peaks is so fun! To see them triple in size really gets me going. It’s the physics of baking. Oh, science. How you turn me on.
I wanted to do this right so I invested in a new angel food cake pan from Sur la Table. This was after an hour in Williams-Sonoma spent picking out wedding gifts. For other people, I swear. But it is no secret that I could be perfectly content camping out there and calling it home. I could easily spend my life savings on baking supplies. But essentials are essentials. And an angel food cake pan is essential. So is THIS angel food cake recipe. Cake = love and summer = happiness. So obviously summer love is brought to you by cake happiness. This is so perfect with summery cocktail (see above) or with some dessert wine from a fabulous vineyard in Sonoma County, California.
Angel Food Cake
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 3/4 cups superfine sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups egg whites (from about 12 eggs)
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. St. Germaine Elderflower Liquor
- zest of 1-2 limes
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1-2 tablespoons of lime juice
Mix ingredients together until a very thick but spreadable icing forms. Once cake has completely cooled, spread a thin layer of icing all over the cake. Note: start with 1-2 tablespoons of milk. You can sub more milk as is needed.