When I asked Max Greenwald, a friend of my daughter and member of The Key Of H, what his favorite dessert was, he quickly replied, ‘Angel Food Cake…with cream…and berries’.
So, here to celebrate his barbershop quartet’s first album release, I made an Angel Food Cake…with cream and berries. The light, airy cake is perfect paired with the bounty of sweet berries hitting the markets this time of year.
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
12 egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fresh Whipped Cream (recipe follows)
Mixed berries, to serve
1. Sift together the cake flour and 3/4 cup sugar four times (this helps the cake get its light and airy texture).
2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add salt, cream of tartar and vanilla. Continue to beat until soft peaks begin to form, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed add the reserved 3/4 cup sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form and mixture is very glossy.
3. Use a rubber spatula to fold the sifted flour mixture into the egg white mixture in 4 small increments.
4. Spoon the batter into a 10-inch tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets.
5. Bake at 325°F for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and top of cake appears dry. Immediately invert pan and cool completely, about 1 hour.
6. Run a knife along the outer edge of the pan, helping to release the cake from the edges. Gently pull the pan off and transfer to a serving plate. Serve cake with whipped cream and fresh berries.
Recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cooking School
Fresh Whipped Cream
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespooons confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. With an electric mixer, beat the cream on medium high. While mixer is running, add the sugar and vanilla. Keep beating until soft peaks form.
The Key Of H (Fletcher Passow, Max Greenwald, Isaac Jacobs, and John Kotz) just released their first album. The songs range from traditional, funny, whimsical to popular, all done in an exacting barbershop vocal harmony. It’s a true a cappella treat.
‘Dancing Queen’ is not on the album, but a fun take on the Abba classic.
This video is from awhile back, but gives you an idea of how enchanting it is to watch these entertaining and very talented guys.