Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Old School Post Of The Month - Angel Layer Cake

As far as I can remember, angel layer cake was always my favourite cake. I'm not sure if it was the name, the colours or the taste, but I loved it.

I've searched for a little while for a good recipe but actually haven't found any that are just like the classic version, everyone wants to add different flavours but by tradition is it just a vanilla cake, so don't be tempted to ruin it by adding anything else. Keep it simple people!

I did have one worry though, usually I'm not too into the artificial flavour, but with this cake one of the best bits about it, is that it is a bit artificial...am I right? So I was worried that by making it good...I would make it bad!

Right so let's get into it!

Ingredients:

  • 225g butter at room temperature (a good quality one)
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 85g icing sugar
  • 35g butter again, keep this aside for the buttercream
  • pink and yellow food colouring
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (celcius).
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Break in two eggs, half of the flour, baking powder and vanilla (sifted), whisk, and repeat with the other half. Now add the milk and whisk into the mix.
  4. Take a third of the mixture into a seperate bowl and add either the pink or yellow food colouring until you get the desired depth, remember, it's 'angel' cake, so don't make it too strong.
  5. Take another third in another bowl and mix in the other colour.
  6. Now grease and line a loaf time, three if you have them.
  7. Divide the mixtures into the tins and bake in the oven for about 25-35 minutes. Check with a skewer to make sure its cooked perfectly.
  8. Leave to cool
  9. Once cool make the buttercream by whisking together the butter and icing sugar, you can add some more vanilla extract to this for an extra kick of gorgeous if you want - I did.
  10. Level the three layers and stack with a layer of buttercream between the layers. 
  11. Slice and eat. Nom!
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31 comments:

  1. That looks well tasty! Might have to try making that, I just need to buy a load tin ... or 3 lolz

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  2. i love angel cake - it was a staple item when i was growing up. yours looks lovely

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  3. I literally couldn't find one recipe of this, not a layered one anyway. So now there is one! :)

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  4. I haven't seen angel cake for years but have very fond memories of my Mum buying it for us.

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  5. Angel cake is definitely one of the prettiest cakes there is- this looks a really, really lovely version!

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  6. Really lovely, helpful recipe. The layers rose a little more than I expected so the stack was a little wobbly but it tasted delicious! :)
    Also nice to flavour the buttercream with strawberry! :)

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  7. Mine did too, SO I had to cut them down a bit, but still a wobbly, just shows they are home made :) Will try the strawberry angle next time I make it x

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  8. Hello!

    Wanted to make this cake but I only have an 8 inch square tin. Could I make this in the square tin instead or would the layers end up too thin to cook properly?

    Also, I only have one tin - can I make up the mixture then divide it by 3 and cook each layer individually or would the sponge mixture waste?

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  9. I split mine into three so that should be fine, as long as you make a bigger mix so you can fill the tin slightly more then it shouldn't turn out too thin. If it all does go too thin you, can always still slice it up when made, runny ice them and make them angel layer cake fingers Mr Kipling style :)

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  10. Omg I've been looking for a proper English Angel Cake ... the receive i just tried was on my opinion too egg whitey .. but your recipe sounds better .. must get some more eggs room try this version. !!! Can't wait!

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  11. Thanks! It really does work, I was really surprised there wasn't a recipe already out there, it'll be worth it! :)

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  12. Just put my pink layer in the oven - had a bit of a moment as saw milk in the ingredients list but I didn't put any in. Then I reread the instructions and realised it doesn't say when to put it in! Can you advise? Hoping it will work okay without.

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  13. whoops! It goes in after you whisked in the dry ingredients, don't worry if you did forget it I'm sure it would still come out ok x

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  14. Oh wow I've been looking for a recipe for this for blooming ages! Thanks so much for blogging this. (I am a bit obsessed with baking blogs at the mo' lol)
    Now my children and I can use this dull wet afternoon to make a yummy cake (My daughter and I are coeliacs so we have to make everything other people take for granted-- Mr Kipling eat your heart out!)
    x

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    1. Couldn't believe no one else had posted one I just HAD to do it, I love it! Thanks for the blog love :)

      Nom! X

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  15. Had a try at this but the food colouring didn't work, the bottle says not bake stable (could the writing have been any smaller lol). So all my layers are the same colour.
    What food colouring did you use?
    Thanks

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    1. oh no! I used Sugarflair colouring pastes but the liquid ones , Dr.Oetker etc should all work just as well too, I've used them many time for colouring sponge before, which did you use? How annoying :(

      Nom! x

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  16. I made this cake for a friend because she's from
    England and wanted it for her birthday. It came out great! Thanks for posting the recipe - it was the only one I could find! ... Next she wants a Victoria sponge cake?? I guess it's yellow sponge with strawberry jam?? Any recipes for that? Thanks!

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  17. Hi - I know this is quite an old post but just wondering if anyone can tell me what size tins I need to make this? Thanks...

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  18. I have a new kMix, so am going cake-mad. I had a request for Angel Cake from one of the girls at work..Good old Google! So I made one this morning. Other Half has just "tested" the end slice..he has passed it as "tastes nice" - which is high accolade from him - he claims not to like home made cake! I think it'll be devoured tomorrow at work!

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  19. Hi,
    I am definately going to try make this - it looks lovely!
    However I have a question:
    Would I be able to use self raising flour instead of plain and what would I do with the baking powder - will using self raising affect the taste?

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    1. Hiya, yeah you can easily swap plain for self raising just don't include the baking powder:) x

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  20. You're absolutely right, the best thing about Angel slices is that they are a bit artificial tasting! But I will be trying this recipe, sounds delicious. I'm new to your blog but loving it!

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  21. Hi, a friend has asked me to make an angel cake and decorate it with sugarpaste and sugar flowers but the angel cakes I remember were very light and I don't think they'd hold up the weight. Do you think this recipe would be strong enough? Thanks, Jaime x

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    1. Hiya, i found that this cake is more sturdy than a normal angel layer cake so I think it would be absolutely fine :)

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  22. Brilliant, thanks. I'll give it a whirl!

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  23. This looks lovely, and I always had angel cake as a birthday cake when I was younger. will definately be trying this. Your recipe doesn't mention what sizze loaf tin you use. Is is a 1lb loaf tin?
    Thanks

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  24. Thanks for this recipe. Just made it mocking the Mr kipling slices which my kids adore. Used icing glaze rather than butter cream and even managed the pink zigzags on top. All gone in a day!

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  25. hi can i ask how many people it would serve...many thanks

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