Today is my lovely Kim's 57th birthday. Since her very favorite cake is angel food, I got out my fluted pan and made her one from scratch. It has been a few years since I made my last home made angel food and I was a little nervous about the operation as I vaguely remembered that it involved a lot of "putzing" around to do it right.
The egg whites (a full dozen!) have to be brought to room temperature before you begin at all. the cake flour and sugar have to be sifted from heights about six times to incorporate air into the flour, and there is a lot of spooning, whipping, folding involved.
Turned out there was no need to worry. As you can see from the photos she came out pretty darn good for my not having baked one in a while.
We went out for birthday lunch at The Olympic Flame, one of Kim's all time favorite local haunts, then stopped, bought some road side strawberries, stopped at Festival Foods and got a big can of Reddi Whip, and returned home.
As you can see, we two did some damage to the cake, accompanied by fresh strawberries and whipped cream. i don't think there is any dessert that can outdo a freshly made home made angel food cake, topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
At any rate, Happy Birthday Ms. Wilson! and many more!