I went through a somewhat pathological baking phase once. By this I mean that I was baking something most days even though I was only living with one other person. There are only so many cupcakes, pastries, brownies and everything else that one can eat before they go stale. I should probably have been baking on a weekly basis instead, but it was a stressful time for me and baking helped a lot.
During that time, I set little goals for what I wanted to learn to make from scratch. Brioche? Check. Crème brûlée? Got it down. Mango pie? Made it up myself. Do you know what I couldn’t make? Angel food cake. I never found a recipe that was better than good old Betty Crocker. Coupled with the fact that getting all those egg whites separated is a pain (one drop of yolk will ruin the whole recipe), I just gave in.
Angel food cake has an interesting history. Back in the day when people did know how to make it from scratch, angel food cake was only half the story. Because you only used egg whites, you were suddenly left with a dozen unused egg yolks. Waste not, want not; that’s how we got devil’s food cake! While most devil’s food cake recipes today use whole eggs, this chocolate cake was originally made with all the extra egg yolks. Hence the matching names.
So I failed, and there is one type of cake I make from the box. That doesn’t mean I can’t Stealth Health it! Strawberries are, in my opinion, one of the best parts of angel food cake, so I tripled it up and got this berry flavorful cake. With strawberries in the cake batter, served on top and in the whipped cream, you are sure to get your fill of antioxidants and vitamin C!
Oh, and if you do have a fail-proof angel food cake recipe, share it in the comments. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to try it! Also tell us what you do with all those egg yolks, please.
1 box angel food cake mix
Activz Strawberry Powder
Wash every bowl, pan and other cooking tool you are going to use in hot, soapy water. Yes, they’re already clean, but even the smallest amount of fat can deflate your whole cake. So make sure everything is super clean.
Make angel food cake according to package direction, but add 1 T Activz Strawberry Powder to the batter before you start mixing. Continue following box directions to bake and cool the cake.
Depending on how many servings you are making, cut up some strawberries and put them in a bowl. A strawberry cutter saves so much time and only costs a few dollars online. Gradually add some sugar to the strawberries and stir until the juice starts to come out. Cover and store in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
Right before serving, make the whipped cream. Again, with proportions based on number of servings being prepared, beat together whipping cream, sugar and Activz Strawberry Powder. Start with ½ tsp Strawberry Powder and 1 T powdered sugar for every cup of whipping cream. Beat until peaks form.
To serve, carefully cut the cake into slices with a serrated knife. Spoon strawberries over the cake to taste. Add a dollop (or two) of whipped cream on top, and you are set for a tasty treat!