Those moments when you feel like things just aren’t going according to your carefully laid plans . . .
For my three year old, these moments usually end in pouty lips and tears with some occasional yelling. Oh, if only it was still that easy! However, I am pretty sure that my employer and the general public would not stand for a 30 something woman falling apart in the grocery store aisle.
So, I bite my tongue, hold back the tears, and find my “happy place”. For me, there are two things I turn to that do not rely on someone else– my running shoes and my oven. There is an innate appeal about the smell of something baking and the heat slowly filling the kitchen that makes me feel wrapped in a cocoon of security and positivity.
Growing up I heard stories of my great grandmother preparing angel food cake smeared in pink icing for birthdays. When I recently needed a little “me” time in the kitchen I figured what better positive memory to wrap myself in than a sugary pink, light and fluffy cake?
My mother enjoying her birthday cake from grandma.
So with flour, sifter, sugar, and butter at hand I started my baker’s motivation.
Angel Food Cake (recipe from Taste of Home)
1 1/4 cups egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
- Place the oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat to 350 degrees F.
- Place egg whites in a large bowl and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, sift 1/2 cup sugar and the flour together twice; set aside.
- Add cream of tartar, vanilla, and salt to the egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar 2 Tbsp at a time while beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
- Gently spoon the batter into an ungreased angel food cake pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to remove any air pockets.
- Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and the top appears dry.
- Remove from the oven and invert pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
5 to 6 Tbsp milk
A few drops of red food coloring
- In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.
- Beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and the milk to reach the right consistency.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to desired hue.
I have to admit it tasted delicious, but I don’t know how great grandma did it. Frosting an angel food cake is hard! Would I do it again? Of course, it is a part of the past of my family and one I might introduce to Olivia.
Don’t forget to enjoy your own family traditions.