Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lime Angel Food Cake with Lime Glaze

When Angels get Baked

This is my second angel food cake making experience.  Surprisingly, both turned out.  (Well that's a post spoiler...why even go on from here.)
Why?  Well, it's Angel Food Cake and when angels get baked(*), good things happen.  Wait, that sounds wrong.  This is a Baked Recipe, so I think that sentence is okay.  But in my mind, I see angels getting high...smoking the weed...or like the kids say, smoking the ganja.  They say that, right?  

Ingredients for the cake.   Check.

Dry ingredients get sifted...not once...not twice...but three times.
No, I'm not going to start singing 'Once twice three times a lady'. No!  Damn it!  It's in my head now.  Oh Lionel, why you wanna mess with me?  I fear a catalog of Lionel's songs are going to be going through my head now.

Let's just leave the sifted ingredients for now.  Sifting seems to be stirring sifting up some old songs.

Next, the egg whites; all 10 of them (Yep, I broke a few good eggs...well, they were all good) gets combined with the lime zest and vanilla. Sugar also gets added to this mix.

And here we are, a lovely mass of whisked egg whites that will now get the sifted ingredients mixed into it. (In 3 separate additions.  Shh, don't tell Lionel.)

 Batter is transferred to the baking pan.  This just doesn't seem like it should work as a cake batter.  It is so light and just seems like whipped egg whites.  There just can't be enough flour in here to give it structure.

Now then, where is my offset spatula so that I can properly smooth the batter?
Hello, is it me you're looking for?  Sigh...thank you, Lionel.

The pan goes into the oven for about 38 minutes.

And out pops a beautifully (not sunken-thank you baking gods) angel food cake. 

Without too much delay, this pan gets inverted to cool.  I think this is what keeps the cake from sinking.  And it won't just fall out of the pan when inverted, because it is stuck to this pan (as it wasn't greased). 

After the cake cools, the lime glaze can be made.  This is a two part glaze.  The first part, is just a little sugar and some lime juice that gets heated up until the sugar dissolves.
While this is dissolving, I can crush my pistachios.

The cake, once it is removed from the pan, gets set on a wire rack which is in a lined baking sheet.  This definitely helps with clean up.  The dissolved glaze gets brushed all over the cake. 

Next, my crushed nuts (remember kids, baking isn't for the faint of heart) get pressed to the cake.

Lastly, the second part of the glaze gets made.  Yep, there's tequila in it.  A little confectioner's sugar, a little lime juice and a little tequila.

This needs to get drizzled over the cake, in a zigzag pattern.  I had a zigzag pattern, but then I still had glaze leftover....

so I may have gone a little overboard with the glaze.  The zigzag pattern is in just isn't visible to the human eye.

So far, I'm pretty darn pleased with how this cake has turned out.  Pretty darn pleased indeed.  So pleased, that you're 'Dancing on the ceiling'?  Seriously Lionel, how is that even possible?  (Oh you know what the kids would say about this.)  Mmm Hmm.

First cut

 Say you, say me...say it always, that's the way it should be.  Oh know I love ya.  But I think I love this cake more.  Gasp!  Can't be helped, dude.  This is seriously good stuff.

This is so good, that I want to make it all again...right now!  It turned out perfectly.  And I love the taste of the lime in this cake.  That little hit of tequila in the glaze also kicks it up a notch.  This would be a lovely light cake to serve after a heavy meal.
*Please note, no angels where harmed in the making of this cake.
To see the recipe and how the rest of the Baked gang liked this cake, head over to Baked Sunday Mornings.


  1. Was this easy? Easy like Sunday morning? Lol... Your cake looks amazing! :)

  2. Beautiful!!! Your cake look great!!!
    I love the lime taste too... the pistachios give a nice crunchy taste and a lovely green touch!!
    Totally agree, it's a great dessert to finish a meal.

  3. Ha, I loved your post and your Lionel Richie references! And I love your pretty cake! :)

  4. Wow, the cake looks amazing! Great explanations!

  5. Wow - that looks delicious! Made me all hungry - I'm making jam today and soup later too. Might have to make a cake now too... haha!
    Good luck with NaBloPoMo :)

  6. Great pictures, I loved this cake too!

  7. It is funny, I have baked a lot of cakes and never made an angel food one. I buy them for holidays and my in laws as they can't have other cakes with lot fat etc I think I have been intimidated with all the egg whites and not buttering the pan (have visions of it sticking to the pan..). I will give it a shot. I love citrus so that was a major draw to me...