Desserts

Maple Angel Food Cake

Maple Angel Food Cake

Ingredients

Maple Angel Food Cake

Bottom layer
  • 280 ml (1 cup + 2 tablespoons) maple sugar 
  • 8 egg whites 
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) cream of tartar 
  • 160 ml (2/3 cup) plain white flour 
Top layer
  • 140 ml (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon) maple sugar
  • 4 egg whites 
  • 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) vanilla extract 
  • 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) cream of tartar 
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) plain white flour 
 

Maple-Raspberry Jam

  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) maple syrup 
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) cornstarch 
  • 310 ml (1 1/4 cups) frozen raspberries, defrosted 
  • 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) vanilla extract 
  • Zest of half an orange
 

Dark Chocolate and Maple Icing

  • 250 g (9 oz.) 64 % dark chocolate 
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) maple syrup 
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut in cubes 

 

Maple-Raspberry Jelly, Pomegranate Seeds and Fresh Rosemary 

  • 1 1/2 sheets gelatin 
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) raspberry puree or juice 
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) maple sugar
  • Pomegranate seeds (for decoration)
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) NAPSI-certified maple water
  • Fresh raspberries (for decoration)
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (for decoration)
Method

Maple Angel Food Cake

Preparing the bottom layer 
  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C (350 °F).
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine half the maple sugar with egg whites, vanilla, salt and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form.  
  3. In a second bowl, sift flour and mix in remaining maple sugar. Add egg whites mixture. Fold in gently with a spatula until a smooth batter forms. (Avoid over-mixing, otherwise batter will lose its air bubbles and cake will not rise properly.)  
  4. Pour batter into a 25-cm (10") cake tin and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until cake is a nice golden brown and detaches from sides of tin. 
  5. Remove cake from oven and from tin upside down onto a rack. Slide a knife between cake and tin sides if necessary. Let rest at least 1 hour. 
  6. Once cake has cooled, cut out a 9.5-cm (4") hole in centre of cake with a cookie cutter. To make room for the filling, cut out a channel all around hole by removing sponge from centre. 
Preparing the top layer
  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C (350 °F). 
  2. To make top layer, follow same steps as for bottom layer, but bake cake for 15 minutes only. Cut out the same hole in middle of cooled cake, but do not cut out channel. 
  3. Once bottom layer has been filled with filling of your choice, place top layer on top and press lightly to ensure both layers are stable and aligned.
 

Maple-Raspberry Jam

  1. In a large saucepan, whisk maple syrup and cornstarch together. 
  2. Add raspberries, vanilla and orange zest, bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat until thickened, stirring regularly. 
  3. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let cool at least 3 hours before filling cake. 
 

Dark Chocolate and Maple Icing 

  1. Place chocolate and maple syrup in a bowl, then place bowl over another with boiling water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Whisk until chocolate has melted. 
  2. Remove bowl from water bath and add cubes of butter, whisking until butter has completely melted.
  3. Place cake on a rack and glaze immediately with hot ganache.  

Note: If ganache solidifies, melt again in a saucepan over low heat and use promptly. 

 

Maple-Raspberry Jelly, Pomegranate Seeds and Fresh Rosemary 

  1. Soften gelatin in a little cold water and set aside.  
  2. In a saucepan, mix raspberry puree or juice with sugar and maple water, then bring to a boil. Once boiling, add softened gelatin sheets and mix well with a whisk. If using fresh raspberry puree, sieve puree to remove seeds first.
  3. Line a square tin of about 10 cm x 10 cm (4" x 4") with plastic wrap, making sure to leave extra wrap hanging over sides to create "handles". Pour mixture into tin. Leave to chill in the refrigerator at least 3 hours.  
  4. Once jelly has set, remove by gently pulling up plastic wrap. Try to avoid damage. Cut all 4 edges of jelly to make nice smooth sides, then cut jelly into 3 cm x 3 cm (1 1/8" x 1 1/8") cubes. Refrigerate until ready to decorate cake.
  5. Decorate cake with cubes of jelly, pomegranate seeds, fresh raspberries and sprigs of rosemary.

 

 
Additional information
Makes: 1 cake (25 cm /10") with 2 layers.
 
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