Grandmother’s Angel Food Cake

  • Yield: 12 servings


1 1/2cups sugar
1cup Down Cake flour
1 1/2cups egg whites
Pinch of salt
3/4teaspoon cream of tartar
1teaspoon vanilla
1teaspoon lemon flavorings


  1. Sift flour and sugar before measuring, then sift flour and sugar together 6 or 8 times.  Beat egg whites by hand, do not use an electric mixer.  When frothy, add salt and cream of tartar and continue beating until you can turn the bowl you are beating them in upside down.  Fold in flour mixture a little at a time.  Add flavorings.  Put in an ungreased angel food cake pan.  Start in a cold oven, gradually increasing temperature to 350F.  bake about 45 minutes.  When done, turn pan upside down and let it remain in that position until cool.  Remove from pan and ice with your favorite icing.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Monroe’s Cotton Country (Junior League of Monroe, La., 1972).