I know I promised to write about pie every week this whole year but sometimes it is all about using the ingredients you got. I had some egg whites in the freezer and had to use them up. Defrost and I had everything else in the fridge or pantry: go cake. This post is an exception to my pie a week for 2016 rule; ‘cause it is so freaking delish. Looks mostly like an angel food cake but it is an old fashioned confection known as a daffodil cake. I found the recipe in my 1970s Betty Crocker, a great standard of a cookbook. Was making it for many years before my diagnosis with celiac so once I got comfy baking gf I figured I could make it gf and it is perhaps even better than it was with gluten based flour.
I made one this weekend, it turned out perfect and I dropped by with two slices for my mom, suddenly she started talking about how I should learn to make gf cake so I can have some too! Apparently this cake (and ones in the past) have been so incredibly good she can’t believe any of them are gluten free!! I assured her, again, that I only bake and cook gluten free. Not sure she believed my words; a measure of how incredibly good this cake is as I’m generally known for my honesty.
So all you gluten free disbelievers, this cake will change your mind. It is tender, moist and delicately flavored, not to mention very pretty and perfect in spring. It is after all, a daffodil cake and spring is the only time in the year they bloom. Make some now folks! It makes a wonderful birthday or party cake; you could put a thin vanilla powdered sugar glaze on top to make it fancy for such an occasion.
Notes: I save egg whites; in a Tupperware container in the freezer, until I have a cup of them. Then I am ready to put this beauty together. Or just use enough eggs to make a cup of whites. If you don’t have guar gum you can use xanthan gum.
A few words on separating eggs: this can be tricky and I have learned via bad experiences not to separate directly into the measuring cup full of whites; do it into a small bowl and dump. You can NOT get ANY egg yolk in the whites or they won’t beat properly. Best to set any egg that breaks or becomes contaminated with even a speck of yolk aside and make an omelet for supper! I crack each egg on the edge of my counter, split its shell in half and dump it over one cupped hand. The white flows through into the bowl underneath and I drop the yolk into the mixing bowl. Be gentle so the yolk does not break Don’t use old tired eggs or the yolks are more likely to break; fresh is best but they need to come to room temperature before cracking so the whites beat to a high volume. FYI: When baking gf all ingredients should be room temperature unless the recipe tells you otherwise.
Put the yolks in the medium mixing bowl and add those six whites in with the other cup of whites: 1 ½ cup total egg whites. I know, a crazy lot of eggs in this but remember, no fat what-so-ever! Angel food cake is a good choice for your diabetic friends, or so they say. I just think those folks love a good angel food cake. This cake is even better, a masterpiece of delicate melt in your mouth cakey delight.
Angie’s I Can’t Believe it’s GF Daffodil Cake
1 cup egg whites (room temp)
6 whole large eggs (room temp) separated
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
1 cup brown rice flour blend (recipe below)
½ tsp guar gum
1 ½ tsp. cream of tarter
¼ tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. almond extract
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Put baking rack on second slot from the bottom. You need a ten inch tube pan with removable bottom, do not spray.
Mix well and sift the powdered sugar, flour, guar gum into a bowl, at least once. Or twice.
Pour the egg whites (should add up to 1 ½ cups) into a stand mixer bowl, add cream of tarter and salt. Start at medium speed. Beat until foamy, increase speed until high, wait for soft peaks and add the cup of granulated sugar a tbsp or two at a time as it beats. No bowl scraping or stopping. Beat at highest speed until you have stiff peaks. Beat briefly after adding the two flavoring extracts. Set aside.
In small bowl beat the 6 egg yolks about 4 minutes until thick and lemon yellow colored.
Fold the flour mixture into the egg whites, I do about a quarter cup at a time sprinkled all over the top and I fold it with a spatula or spoonula. A spoonula is a rounded spatula, great for lifting up stuff in a mixing bowl and scraping it clean. Be gentle and smooth; don’t worry if it isn’t perfectly smoothly mixed. Put about half of the mixture into a separate large mixing bowl. Add the beaten egg yolks; gently fold until it is pretty well blended.
Put big glops of the plain mixture into the baking tube pan; I like 3 big ones. Put three big glops of the yellow blended mix between them. Top with more glops of the mixes, using it all up. Gently stir through the pan with your spoonula to swirl it a bit and smooth the top with the spoonula.
Put into preheated oven, bake 35 minutes, until when you press gently on the top it springs back.
Remove from oven, turn it over and hang on an empty wine bottle neck or a big funnel. Let cool totally in this upside down state before cutting it out of the pan. I use a sharp serrated bread knife, cut around the outside edge and the center tube. Lift it out and then slice under the cake all around. Place a cake plate over the top and gently flip it.
I store it in a plastic cake saver or just in the microwave away from breezes and hungry folks. You could wrap it in plastic wrap too. It is best eaten within 3 days. It generally doesn’t last that long around here.
Brown Rice Flour Mix base mix
(This mix is the same as King Arthur’s basic gf blend)
2 c brown rice flour
2/3 c potato starch
1/3 c tapioca flour
This recipe is a variant of the angel food cake you will find in Annalise Roberts’ Gluten-Free Baking Classics cookbook.