High Altitude Angel Food Cake With Variations

Recipe by Molly53
READY IN: 50mins




  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Sift flour and 1 cup sugar together three times.
  • Place 1 3/4 cups egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar into mixing bowl and beat at high speed until fairly stiff (not stiff peak).
  • Slowly add 1/2 cup sugar, close to beater.
  • Add almond extract and vanilla.
  • Beat until quite stiff but not dry.
  • Add sifted sugar-flour mixture by fourths.
  • Mix on low speed 10 seconds after each of first three additions and 20 seconds after last addition.
  • Scrape down sides constantly during this mixing.
  • Pour batter into a 10-inch, ungreased tube pan.
  • Bake approximately 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool in inverted pan.
  • Altitude Adjustments:
  • 7,500 ft: Increase flour to 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Reduce the 1 cup of sugar to 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons.
  • 10,000 ft: Increase flour to 1 1/4 cups. Reduce the 1 cup of sugar to 3/4 cup. Increase the baking temperature to 425°.
  • Variations:
  • Chocolate Angel Food Cake: Substitute 1/4 cup sifted cocoa for 1/4 cup cake flour in step 2 . Omit almond extract and increase vanilla to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
  • Spice Angel Food Cake: Sift 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cloves, and 1 tsp cinnamon with the flour. Omit vanilla and almond extracts.