Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day always give me an excuse to break out my arts & craft supplies and to bake! Since we had a snow day yesterday, we decided to cook our Valentine’s Day dinner a day earlier. Years ago, my husband and I went out for a nice dinner on Valentine’s Day and had the worst experience. Since then, we just make a nice dinner at home. Cheaper, yummier, more relaxing.
I decided I wanted to whip up a yummy and easy dessert for our family using what we have in the house already. I decided to go with a Strawberry Angel Food Cake. Isabelle loves strawberries and a light whip cream is always yummy!
You can whip up the batter in less than 10 minutes and 20 minutes later, you have a beautiful angel food cake.
VALENTINE’S DAY ANGEL CAKES – makes 2-4 servings
Ingredients for the cake:
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar, divided
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Ingredients for the whipped cream:
1 cup whipped cream (I used Trader Joe’s shelf-stable whipping cream – amazing!!)
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift flour with 1/3 cup sugar 3 times.
- In a large bowl, beat egg whites and salt with electric mixer until foamy; add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form; fold in vanilla. In two additions, gently fold in flour mixture until just combined. Place batter in an 8″ cake pan.
- Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until browned and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Invert pans on cooling grid to cool. Loosen cakes from pans with spatula; remove from pans.
- As your cakes cool, using an electric mixer, mix your whipped cream, sugar, and extracts together until you have soft peaks. Let the whipped cream sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
- After your cake has cooled, using a cookie cutter (a heart would be great for Valentine’s day – apparently we don’t have one in our house…!) cut out 2 shapes per a serving.
- Layer the cake as you wish. I did a layer of cake, whipped cream, strawberries, whipped cream, a layer of cake. Topped with a strawberry slice in the shape of a heart.
- Dice the remaining cake and place in a small casserole dish. Layer the small casserole dish with whipped cream, the remaining cake, berries, and whipped cream. Place in the fridge to enjoy at a later date — bonus dessert!
Hope you like this fun and yummy Valentine’s Day treat!
Recipe adapted from Food.com.