Monday, September 26, 2011

Guest: Louis A Tamasi at The Vintage Recipe and his Angel Food Cale

Let's welcome Louis A Tamasi at The Vintage Recipe he will be sharing one of his recipes with us. Enjoy!
1937 Baker's Cocoa
I'm going to tell you right from the start my expertise in cooking is  main dishes and sauces along with baking breads. This dessert thing is  new for me. The Butterscotch cake came out ok and on the heels of that I  tracked down this 1937 ad for Baker's Cocoa. It gives you 2 cake  recipes both involving 8 eggs. The ingenious thing was one cake is for 8  egg whites (the Angel Food Cake) and a Black Eyed Susan cake which uses  the egg yolks. Right now, it's just dad and me living in the house so  we really don't need 1 cake let alone 2 hanging around but I had a use in mind for the yolks so no big deal.

So here's the recipe:

Angel Food Cake

8 Egg Whites (1 Cup)
1 C Cake Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 1/4C Sifted Sugar
3/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Almond Extract

Sift the flour 4 times and set aside. Combine egg whites and salt and  beat until foamy, add cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks. Fold in  sugar a little bit at a time. Add vanilla and almond then sift flour  over a little at a time folding it in. Pour batter into ungreased angel  food cake pan and bake at 275° for 30 mins, then increase temp to 325° and bake 20 mins more until knife inserted is clean. Flip pan over and  let cool completely before removing cake.

Melt 3 squares baker's chocolate over double boiler. Add 1 1/2C  powdered sugar and mix until combined.  Add 3T BOILING water and 4T  butter and stir until combined. remove from heat and cool then add 1t  vanilla extract.

You can see the final product above, but wait it's not as tall as the ad. Yep, I muffed it. The recipe, as most antiquated recipes are, is rather vague on the stiff peaks part, instead calling for just peaks. I took it to soft peaks and was rewarded with a shorter cake. The frosting was a bit of pain as well because modern powdered sugar contains cornstarch to keep it from clumping. This also ups the water requirement so if your frosting comes out thick or just not right add some more boiling water while heating it over the double boiler and it will smooth out. You just need it smooth and spreadable. You can also go the route of making your own powdered icing sugar by running regular white sugar in food processor until its a powder. Make sure you sift it before use.

Despite the few road bumps I liked the outcome. The cake itself is delicate and has a slight almond taste, while the icing is a delicious dark chocolate flavor. These cakes from vintage recipes are best described as rustic. If you're searching for perfection it's just not going to happen, at least not until you get more experience.
Yield, 8 Servings
Louis, I want to thank you for sharing your Angel Food Cake recipe with us today. I looks delicious I am ready for a slice!  Hope you will come back an share another of your creations.

Patricia aka Mamaw


  1. Hi Patricia!

    How have you been? Well I hope. This cake certainly does not look like your modern day ones. lol I might give the recipe a whirl since to holidays are coming around. I love to bake.

    Sonya Jones
    Tee-iabo Designs

  2. Oh wow, that looks delicious! It doesn't sound too difficult, I might have to try it out - thanks for sharing!

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  4. Sounds delicious! I love making cakes, thanks for the idea!


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