Angel food cake is a type of sponge cake that is known for its light and airy texture. It is made with simple ingredients, including egg whites, sugar, flour, and flavorings. The key characteristic of angel food cake is that it does not contain any butter or oil, which contributes to its low-fat content and lightness.To make angel food cake, egg whites are whipped until stiff peaks form, and then sugar is gradually added, creating a meringue-like mixture. Finally, flour and sometimes a small amount of flavorings such as vanilla extract are gently folded into the egg white mixture. The cake is traditionally baked in a tube pan, which has a hollow center, allowing the cake to bake evenly and rise high.Angel food cake is often served with fresh fruit, whipped cream, or a light glaze. It is a popular dessert choice, especially during the warmer months, due to its refreshing taste and fluffy texture. Additionally, it is often used as a base for other desserts, such as trifle or strawberry shortcake, because of its lightness and ability to absorb other flavors.
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