Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
25 mins. to 35 mins.
Baking time:
40 mins. to 45 mins.
Total time:
3 hrs 10 mins. to 3 hrs 45 mins.
Yield:
One 10" filled cake, about 12 servings
Light and fluffy angel food cake, filled to bursting with fresh strawberry mousse, offers creamy clouds of berry goodness. Serve just out of the freezer for a cool and creamy summer treat.
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Cake

Filling

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, mashed
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (e.g., Knox)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 to 4 drops strawberry flavor, optional

Directions

  1. 1) Preheat the oven to 325F. Get out a 10" angel food pan; do not grease the pan as this will inhibit the rise of the cake.
  2. 2) To make the cake: In a small bowl, sift together the flour and confectioners' sugar. Set aside.
  3. 3) Place the egg whites and Bakewell Cream (or cream of tartar) in a large bowl. Whip until foamy at medium speed; this will create lots of smaller bubbles, which are best for structure.
  4. 4) When nice and foamy, slowly add the granulated sugar. Increase the mixer speed to high, and beat for 4 to 5 minutes, until the whites are stiff but not dry — think shaving cream consistency.
  5. 5) Remove the bowl from the mixer and sift 1/3 of the flour/sugar mixture over the meringue. Add the vanilla and salt; fold everything in gently, until no streaks of flour remain. Repeat with the rest of the flour/sugar mixture, in two more additions.
  6. 6) Scrape the batter into the pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and springs back when lightly touched.
  7. 7) Cool the cake UPSIDE DOWN over a bottle (or using the pan's feet) for 2 hours, or until completely cool. Remove from the pan carefully, and place in the freezer for an additional 2 hours, to firm up before hollowing.
  8. 8) While the cake is cooling and chilling, prepare the filling. Place the mashed strawberries, sugar and gelatin in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir together, then microwave for 1 minute. This will melt and "bloom" the gelatin.
  9. 9) Remove the mixture from the microwave, and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 to 60 minutes, or until thickened.
  10. 10) Place the strawberry mixture in the clean bowl of your mixer and pour in the cream, vanilla, and strawberry flavor, if using. Whip until thick.
  11. 11) To assemble: Turn the cake bottom-side up and cut a channel in the cooled cake with a serrated blade. Think of it as digging a moat through the center of the cake, leaving inner and outer walls for support. Be careful not to cut through the bottom of the cake.
  12. 12) Dollop the filling in evenly, spreading it over the entire "moat." Fill to the top, then use the remaining filling to cover the entire cake, like frosting. Place the cake back in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours, or up to overnight. The filling will freeze into a lovely semifreddo consistency that will slowly melt as you enjoy your slice of cake.
  13. 13) Serve with strawberry sauce or crushed strawberries mixed with sugar, if desired. Store any leftovers, well wrapped, in the freezer or refrigerator.
  14. Yield: one 10" filled cake, about 12 servings.