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Angel Food Cake with Three-Berry Compote

Angel food cake is virtually fat-free--it's made with egg whites but no yolks--yet becomes more decadent as it soaks up the sweet juices from a farm-stand-berry compote. Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk add, "Don't forget that egg shells are great in compost."


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  • Servings: 10

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  • 10 large egg whites, at room temperature (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pints strawberries, sliced
  • 2 pints raspberries
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium-high speed until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until firm peaks form. Add the granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating for 10 seconds before adding more. Beat in the vanilla. Once all of the sugar has been added, beat the whites at high speed until stiff, about 4 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the cake flour with the confectioners' sugar and salt. Sift the dry ingredients over the beaten whites in 3 batches, folding gently with a large spatula until incorporated. Spoon the batter into an ungreased 10-inch angel food cake pan (do not use nonstick). Bake for 40 minutes, until the cake is risen and golden. Invert the cake in the pan onto a bottle neck and let cool.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the berries, sugar and lemon juice and simmer until the juices are released, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  4. Using a knife, loosen the cake from the pan and remove the side of the pan. Loosen the cake from the pan bottom and the tube. Transfer the cake to a plate. Slice the cake and serve with the warm compote.

Make Ahead

The cake can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 days. The compote can be refrigerated for up to 2 days; rewarm before serving, if desired.


One Serving 267 Calories, 0.8 gm Fat, 0 gm Saturated Fat, 61 gm Carbohydrates, 8 gm Fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Roy Zipstein Published August 2006

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