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Angel Cake

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
Angel Cake 
Angel Cake is a completely different cake over here in the UK as compared to what I thought of as an Angel Cake when I was growing up. (Angel Food Cake)  North American Angel Food Cake is very light and airy, made with only egg whites, sugar, flour and no fat, and baked in a straight sided tube tin!  Angel Cake here is a  sponge cake about the size of a loaf, with three distinct and separate coloured layers.  White, pink and yellow.  Sandwiched together with vanilla butter cream.  Its quite nice, and something we quite like in our home from time to time.
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Its really not that difficult to make, but you will need either 3 loaf tins the same size, or a larger cake tin that you can divide into three.
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Children love this cake because of the colours . . .  and basically it is the same cake batter for each, just tinted separately for each layer.  The power of suggestion makes it taste better than a normal cake.  What is it they say?  We eat first with our eyes!
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I love British Cakes.  They are quite substantial in comparison to North American Cakes, and I really like that about them.  Mind you most homemade cakes are a bit more substantial than a cake mix cake.
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Its the same with bread . . .  homemade bread always has more substance than store bought . . .  and a lot less additives!  My sister and I used to play a game with the white bread from the store when we were children.  We could mash and roll a whole slice of it down into a ball about the size of a pea.  Try doing that with homemade.
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Anyways, back to the cake.  This makes a lovely tea time cake, very similar in texture to a pound or Madeira cake.  I tend to cut it into two thick lengthwise slices at first . . .
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And then I cut each longer piece into 4 shorter pieces, crosswise.  Or you can just cut it crosswise into 8 slices.  No matter how you cut it, you are sure to fall in love with it.
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This is a cake that first made its appearance, becoming popular on British tables back in the late 19th century.  It actually won the "English Cake of the Year" award in 1986, so as you can see, its a very popular cake.
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It goes beautifully served with hot cups of tea or cold glasses of milk . . .  or served after supper, cut into thin slices and served with small bowls of tinned fruit and cream.
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During the war years that would have been tinned evaporated milk instead of cream . . .  but, thank goodness, those days are long since passed.  In any case, this cake is bound to be enjoyed no matter what!
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Don't pay any attention to my skills for cutting things in straight lines.  DUH.  I cannot cut or draw a straight line for love or money.  I always mess it up.  Never mind . . . tis just as delicious no matter the size or shape! 
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*Angel Cake*cuts into 8 slicesPrintable Recipe  
Angel cake here in the UK is not the same as a North American Angel Cake. Ours is typically a three layer sponge cake, with white, pink and yellow layers of a sponge cake sandwiched together with a bit of vanilla butter cream.  You will need 3 (8 by 4 inch) loaf tins, or you can carefully divide a 9 by 13 inch cake tin into three equal sized rectangles using aluminum foil. 
For the cake:200g butter, at room temperature ( 1 cup minus 3 1/2 TBS)
270g caster sugar (1 cup +2 1/2 TBS)3 large free range eggs, beaten270g plain flour (2 cups minus 1 1/4 TBS)1 1/2 tsp baking powderpinch salt225g sour cream (1 cup)red and yellow food colouring
For the icing:140g icing sugar sifted (1 cup + 1 1/2 TBS)60g unsalted butter, softened (1/4 cup)1 TBS milkfew drops vanilla extract
Icing sugar to dust (optional)
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Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter and line 3 (8 by 4) inch loaf tins with baking paper.  Alternately, butter and line a (9 by 13) inch cake tin, carefully creating 3 separate sections.  
 Sift the flour and baking powder together in a bowl.  Set aside.  Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little bit at a time. If the mixture starts to curdle, beat in a TBS of the flour mixture.  Once all of the eggs have been incorporated stir in the flour mixture, alternately with the sour cream, beginning and ending with flour.  Divide the batter into three equal portions, placing 1/3 of the cake directly into the prepared cake tins. Tint one third of the remaining batter with red food colouring to give you a pink batter and the remaining third with yellow to give you a yellow batter.  Place each of these into the remaining tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until the tops spring back when lightly touched.   
Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before proceeding.  Once cold make the butter cream by beating together the icing ingredients until smooth and creamy only adding enough milk to give you an icing of spreading consistency.. Using a sharp knife, level off the pink and yellow layers, slicing off any domed portion.  Place the yellow layer on a plate.  Top with half of the butter cream, spreading it out evenly. Top with the pink layer and spread evenly with the remaining butter cream. Place the white layer on top.  Dust lightly with icing sugar and cut into 1 inch slices to serve.
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The dusting of icing sugar is my own addition to the recipe,and a bit of literary license on my part. I thought it looked a bit naked without it.  I just think every gal looks better with a little bit of lippy, don't you!!!  Bon Appetit!
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