How Do You Make A Vanilla Cake Without Baking Powder?


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Angel Cake - a/k/a Angel Food Cake

9 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
7/8 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Beat the whites of the eggs to a froth, add the cream of tartar and beat till the eggs are stiff but not dry, then gradually add the sugar (which has been sifted twice), beating after additions.
2. Sift the flour with the salt five times and fold it into the mixture.
3. Add the vanilla.
4. Bake in an ungreased angel cake tin in a very moderate oven (250-320 degrees F.) for forty-five minutes.
5. Be careful not to jar or disturb while baking.
6. Remove from the oven, turn the pan upside down on a wire netting or with a knife handle or some other small article inserted under the edge of the pan to permit steam to escape, and let it stand until the cake falls out.
7. Ice placed on the bottom of the tin will hasten the release of the cake.

Sponge Cake - Basic recipe

6 large eggs, room temperature
1 c. Sugar
1 t. Vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1 c. Sifted flour

Heat oven to 350* F. Line 17 X 12 -inch jelly roll pan with waxed paper. Beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt on high speed until thick and pale yellow, 5 to 7 minutes. Gradually fold in flour with rubber spatula. Spread evenly in pan. Rap pan sharply on table to release air bubbles. Bake in upper third of oven until lightly golden and edges start to pull away from sides of pan, 12 to 14 minutes. Loosen edges with knife and let cake cool completely in pan before using in recipes.

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