Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Gluten-free Angel Food Cake #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber + book #giveaway

From Daryl:

There's a book giveaway below so don't miss it.  Why a giveaway? Because my new novel of suspense comes out next week.  DESOLATE SHORES.  It's already getting great reviews on Net Galley and Goodreads...  On my website, I share why I wrote the book and a bit about the characters.  Plus there's a book trailer and book club questions. You can view all that HERE.

In the meantime, I love angel food cake, but I've been afraid to make it ever since I became gluten-free (20 years ago) because I felt it would fall flat. Who needs a flat angel food cake? Ugh. 

But feeling adventuresome, I searched the Internet for inspiration. I found a number of recipes, but when I landed on the King Arthur version, I knew I was good to go. Why? Becuase they had a step-by-step video to prove to me it would work.

Now, here's a tip. Do NOT use boxed or bottled egg whites. They won't work. For any angel food cake.

FYI, I took samples of the cake to my sister, who is also gluten-free. She became a convert.  And it freezes well. How about that? 

Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake
King Arthur’s recipe

3/4 cup gluten-free flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 superfine sugar (*YES, THIS MATTERS!)
1 1/2 cups egg white (10-11 large eggs separated; maybe reserve yolks for a pound cake)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons superfine sugar

Questions answered on the King Arthur site and from me:

*Can you substitute granulated sugar? Yes, but it’ll take much longer for the egg whites to attain their required volume, and the cake’s texture won’t be as fine.

*Can I use bottled egg whites? No. They will not fluff up like real eggs. I TRIED. Ugh.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, with a rack in the lower third. You want to give your cake plenty of room to rise without burning the top.

In a small bowl, whisk together and then sift the flour, cornstarch and ¾ cup superfine sugar. Set aside.

In a large, clean (grease-free) mixing bowl, beat together the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar until thick and foamy. 

Add the vanilla and almond extract.  Gradually increase the speed of the mixer and continue beating until the egg whites have increased in volume and thickened.

Gradually beat in the 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, a bit at a time, until the meringue holds soft peaks.

Gently fold in the sifted flour/sugar blend 1/4 cup at a time, just until incorporated.

Spoon the batter in an ungreased 10” round angel food pan. Gently tap the pan on the counter to settle the batter and remove any large air bubbles.

Bake the cake until it’s a deep golden brown and the top springs back when touched, approximately 45 minutes.

Remove the cake from the oven and invert the pan onto the neck of a heatproof bottle or funnel to cool the cake upside down for 2 hours.

Remove the cake from the pan by running a knife around the edge of the cake. Turn the cake onto a plate.

Cut the cake with a serrated knife.  If it’s difficult to slice, wet the knife and clean in between each slice.

Serve with whipped cream and fruit. Wrap any leftovers in airtight saran.  Refrigerate.


Tips for success:
Be sure your mixing bowl is absolutely clean; also, separate your egg whites carefully. The tiniest bit of fat or speck of egg yolk will inhibit the egg whites from beating up thick and foamy.

Cold eggs are easiest to separate. Don't worry about warming your egg whites to room temperature; they'll warm slightly while you're getting your other ingredients ready. 

Don't over-whip your egg whites. Many recipes tell you to whip the whites until they hold a stiff peak, but it's better to whip only until the peaks are still soft enough to slump over at their peak. Under-beating slightly allows the air cells in the beaten whites to expand during baking without rupturing.  

Directions call for you to both whisk and sift the dry ingredients. This might seem excessive in this time-challenged era, but each action performs a separate function: whisking makes sure the ingredients are evenly distributed; and sifting lightens them, removes any lumps, and allows the mixture to be mixed into the egg whites with little effort. 

Finally, to retain the egg whites' volume, use the whisk attachment from a stand mixer, or a balloon whisk, to gently “fold” the dry ingredients into the beaten egg whites.


ANY of my books except for my new book DESOLATE SHORES because I don't have any copies yet.  Leave a comment and tell me whether you pre-order books? Or tell me if you watch foodie demonstrations before you cook. What do you like about them?

What is the first Aspen Adams novel of suspense about?

A chilling murder, an elusive killer, and a family mystery that hits too close to home . . .

After finding the body of her best friend on the icy shores of Lake Tahoe, Aspen Adams refuses to stand by and watch as the local sheriff’s department begins their search for the killer. Launching her own investigation, she’s soon confronted with a growing array of secrets—both about the friend she thought she knew and about many of the people in her own life. As fragmentary clues and escalating dangers threaten to derail her, she must also cope with the disturbing behavior of her deadbeat sister and troubled teenage niece.

Determined to overcome her personal demons over past failures, Aspen is driven to unravel the conflicting evidence and a shifting range of suspects to bring the killer to justice, even as a family trauma unfolds that threatens to upend her life. And as her investigation inexorably leads her to a shocking discovery and taunts her with a solution that is just out of reach, Aspen realizes that the killer wants nothing more than to see her and her niece dead . . .

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  1. I have occasionally pre-ordered books, but I usually do not. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. King Arthur Flour is quite a resource for all things baking.
    This sounds lovely. Just add some fresh, macerated strawberries and dig in!

    1. Exactly, Libby. AFcake was my go-to cake for my birthday, with fresh strawberries. I'm a June baby. ~ Daryl

    2. June? Me, too.

  3. Pre-ordering depends on the series and how invested I am in it!
    I watch the Food Network, HGTV, and Create (PBS) for food shows and some inspiration. I wouldn't say I watch a demo before I try.
    Thanks for this opportunity! dm_richards(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. DM, good to know. I haven't heard of Create. ~ Daryl

  4. If it is a book by an Author I love, I will preorder the book. I do buy a lot, but I borrow from the library more. I have requested that they preorder too. I am not very good in the kitchen, but I love cooking shows! Thanks for the chance to win!! prockish2013@gmail

    1. Heidi, I love people who order from a library. ~Daryl

  5. I do pre-order books. Amazon has good prices when first released and I get them on the day they are released. B&N doesn't always have the books I looking for.

    1. Dianne, it's been frustrating with B&N. They're just not the same, sadly. They have my paperbacks online so that's the best place to get them, and the quality is great. ~Daryl

  6. Desolate Shores sounds so good! I don’t know how I missed your suspense books. I love suspense. I need to catch up with them. Girl on the Run looks amazing. I’m excited to discover these books of yours.
    For egg yolk there are quite a few uses. You can add a bit of garlic, lemon juice and oil to make a homemade mayonnaise. Also they are great for brushing on baked goods you want to give a shine to. Homemade custard depends on them to firm up. Pasta Carbonara is a good way to use them too.
    I pre-order occasionally. It depends on the series and how invested I am. I will also occasionally pre-order a book in the thriller/suspense genre that Is a book club selection. Otherwise I wait for the release. I sometimes watch a food show. I will look up a recipe if I’m not sure of the steps or how it is suppose to look. Generally though I tend to tweak recipes to my taste so I like print recipes best.
    Thank you for the angel food recipe. It is one I may try during the holidays. It looks like a good one to bring to get togethers. I like taking something that people on special diets can eat too.
    Thank you for opportunity to win a book from you. cristinaalaska(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Frances, thanks. They've received some really positive reviews. ~Daryl

  7. I do pre-order books for my favorite authors and if a really good price for a new author. Thanks for the recipe and this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I just love angel food cake and also love this site as there are so many recipes that I print and hubby makes for me. Thank you peggy clayton

  9. Great recipe! Congrats on the new release! Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

  10. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Congrats on your new release. Sometimes I will preorder a book. No I really dont watch food demonstrations. I just play in the kitchen. I would love to read one of your cozies. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  11. Lovely recipe. Thanks for that and the chance to win a book. We often watch cooking shows. Admiring the techniques. Always something new to learn. And I do pre-order sometimes. It depends on funds and my sister's being available. She has the Amazon account. I don't. deepotter at centurylink dot net

    1. My husband loved cooking shows. Could watch them for hours. :) ~Daryl

  12. Yes I pre order books. I have a running list of books I have ordered

  13. No I do not preorder. I prefer reviews. I am addicted to the food channel and love to watch videos of food prep.

  14. I don't usually pre-order but need to start since I now understand that it really helps authors.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

    1. Yes, those preorders really do help. They make the algorithms work, which alert other readers. Thanks, Gloria. ~Daryl

  15. I do pre-order quite a bit. Especially because I live so far from a bookstore, I usually end up ordering books I know I want online anyway, until I can get to the store to browse through looking for new books. I keep a list of books/authors to watch for and check periodically for new release dates. And I love the food channels. Probably from my mom watching Julia Child when I was a kid.

  16. Yes I pre-order books. Don't watch recipes on line. Just love that hit or miss attitude.

  17. I watch Ree Drummond and I love Angel food cake. Thank you for the recipe. I preorder my favorite authors and request the library to buy them. Your one of my favorite authors. Desolate Shores sounds intriguing. Thank you for the chance

    1. Donamae, say hi to your librarian for me. ~ Daryl

  18. I love your books and often pre- order so I can be sure to read it ASAP after it is released!

  19. Thanks for this recipe!! I love angel food cake as well and am gluten free. I do pre-order books of favorite authors for birthday celebrations. Thanks for the chance!

    1. Lori, I honestly can't tell you how good this was. I'm making another next weekend. ~ Daryl

  20. Thanks for the recipe. One of my daughters has Celiac Disease so I sent it to her. King Arthur flour is my favorite brand.
    I don’t normally pre-order books. I do ask my public library to order books though. As far as cooking shows and demos, count me in! I love The Food Channel and all The Great British Baking Show.
    Thanks for the giveaway chance

    1. Donna, My son is a devoted fan of the Great British... ~ Daryl