Katie Lee Biegel makes her Great Grandma Pearl’s Angel Food Cake with Peaches and Cream, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 30.
Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee Biegel

Great Grandma Pearl's Angel Food Cake with Peaches and Cream

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 40 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
My great-grandmother Pearl was famous for her angel food cake. She would enter baking contests with this recipe and always took home the blue ribbon. Among her bounty of prizes? A KitchenAid stand mixer (which came in very handy for this recipe, considering she used to beat the egg whites by hand) and a new stove! Not to mention a mighty fine sash and a ribbon proclaiming her the queen of cakes.



Special equipment:
a 10-inch angel food cake pan
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a standing electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt and beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in the sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, until smooth and glossy, about 4 minutes.
  3. Transfer the egg whites to a large, wide bowl. Using a fine sieve, gradually sift the flour over the egg whites, gently folding in the flour with a spatula. Fold in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. Scrape the batter into a 10-inch angel food cake pan. Using a table knife, slice through the cake batter several times to release any large air bubbles. Tap the cake pan once or twice on a flat surface. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for about 35 minutes longer, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Invert the pan onto the neck of a wine bottle and let cool completely.
  5. To loosen the cake, run a thin-bladed knife around the side and tube of the pan. Unmold the cake and transfer to a platter. Cut the cake into wedges and drizzle with some of the reserved syrup. Serve with the sliced peaches and whipped cream.