Orange Dream Angel Food Cake
A basic angel food cake becomes a heavenly indulgence, thanks to a hint of orange flavor swirled into every bite.
The orange color makes slices of the cake look so pretty when arranged on individual dessert plates.
• 12 large egg whites
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
• 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon almond extract
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
• 1 teaspoon orange extract
• 6 drops red food coloring, optional
• 6 drops yellow food coloring, optional
Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Sift flour and 3/4 cup sugar together twice; set aside.
Add the cream of tartar, salt and almond and vanilla extracts to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.
Gradually add remaining sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
Gently spoon half of batter into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. To the remaining batter, stir in the orange zest, orange extract and, if desired, food colorings.
Gently spoon orange batter over white batter.
Cut through both layers with a knife to swirl the orange and remove air pockets.
Bake on the lowest oven rack at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry.
Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate.