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An angel food cake is a sponge cake made with egg whites. The trick to making the perfect angel food cake, or any baked good really, is having the right equipment and fresh ingredients. For convenience, fresh ingredients can be bought from online grocery stores such as Vons.com and Peapod. Below are tips for creating that airy angel food cake that youve been wanting to bake.

Equipment

For angel food cake, dont use plastic bowls and utensils. Metal equipment works best. Make sure that your pans, beaters and bowls are absolutely free from grease. Even just a trace of grease or oil would stop your egg whites from rising to the perfect height and volume. So, naturally, dont brush your pans with butter before baking.

Eggs

This cake requires a lot of egg whites and only egg whites. So when separating the white from the yolk, break eggs one by one, separating very carefully. Place the separated egg whites into a small bowl. Check if there are any traces of egg yolk before transferring into a larger mixing bowl. If theres yolk or pieces of egg shell, scoop it out using a broken empty egg shell.

Baking and Cooling

When baking the cake, place the pan on the lowest rack in the oven. This will prevent burning or over-browning. The perfect cake will have dry cracks on top, with the top springing back to its original shape when touched. Immediately after baking, hang the pan with the cake upside down over a bottle. This will prevent it from collapsing. Wait until it is completely cool. Use a large and serrated knife when cutting to avoid deflating your baked creation.