Rosemary-Thyme Angel Food Cake with Pineapple Compote

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
30 min
1 hr
50 min

8 to 10 servings

  • For the cake:
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cups superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
  • For the compote:
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sift the cake flour, 3/4 cup superfine sugar and the salt onto a piece of parchment paper. Sift the flour mixture a second time onto another piece of parchment; set aside. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until frothy, about 1 minute. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form, about 4 more minutes. Gradually beat in the remaining 1 cup superfine sugar; increase the speed to high and beat until the egg whites are stiff and glossy, about 7 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, rosemary, thyme and lemon zest.

  • Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, until fully incorporated with no pockets of dry ingredients. Transfer the batter to an ungreased 10-inch angel food cake pan. Bake until golden and the cake springs back when pressed, 40 to 45 minutes. Invert the cake pan onto a small funnel or bottle neck and let cool completely, at least 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, make the compote: Combine the brown sugar, rum, 1/2 cup water and the rosemary and thyme sprigs in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; simmer, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Add the pineapple, return to a gentle simmer and cook until the pineapple is softened and the liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cool, about 1 hour. Remove the herb sprigs.

  • Loosen the edge of the cake with a knife, tap the sides of the pan against the counter and unmold the cake onto a platter. Slice and serve with the compote.

  • Cook's Note: Cake flour is a low-protein flour, which makes for a lighter-textured cake.

  • Photograph by Ryan Liebe

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