I’ve never been a huge fan of cake. Pie? Yes! Ice Cream? Absolutely! But cake? Not really. Except for Angel Food cake. That’s in it’s own category all together. Plus, it’s served with strawberries which you can never go wrong with! This past year my sister gave me an angel food cake pan for my birthday, but I hadn’t yet used it.
So, when it came time to my one year old’s first birthday cake, angel food cake was the obvious choice. At least it was to me and my mom who has the same opinion about cakes as I do. I happened to have some egg white cartons so I made my first attempt using those instead of cracking open 12 eggs and wasting the yolks. Word to the wise– the egg whites you can buy in cartons DO NOT work in angel food cake. I ended up tossing those and then using a dozen eggs anyway. I did keep the yolks around and added them to my eggs here and there.
Anyway, the rest of the cake was easy. I was glad to have my mom looking on with the more particular methods involved (like folding in the flour and making sure to keep jumping children out of the kitchen for the duration of the baking time). It fluffed up like a charm and with a little luck it didn’t fall.
I topped it with a simple vanilla glaze that was delicious. Butter, sugar, vanilla — what could go wrong? We served the cake with a homemade whipped cream and strawberries. A little bit of summer in the middle of January. Delicious. We put a little printed image of the Hungry Caterpillar on the cake to fit into our theme (I know my weaknesses–no cake decorating for me!).
Um, why is everyone singing to me?
Are you sure this is MY piece of cake??
Okay, I could get use to this!
I mean: I LOVE THIS SO FREAKING MUCH!
I’m sorry, did you say something? I was too busy eating my CAKE!!