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Lemon Meringue Angel Cake

 Lemon Meringue Angel Cake
I've been told that this dessert tastes exactly like a lemon meringue pie and that it's the best angel food cake anyone could ask for. I'm not sure about all of that, but it is delightful to serve, and each slice is virtually fat free. —Sharon Kurtz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
14 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + standing Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 12 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) lemon curd
  • MERINGUE TOPPING:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice; set aside.
  • Add cream of tartar, vanilla and salt to egg whites; beat on medium
  • speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 2
  • tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and
  • sugar is dissolved. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup
  • at a time.
  • Gently spoon batter into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through
  • batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on lowest oven rack
  • at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and entire top

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Lemon Meringue Angel Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake; split
  • into two horizontal layers. Place cake bottom on an ovenproof plate.
  • Spread with lemon curd; replace cake top.
  • For meringue, in a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on
  • medium until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon
  • at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is
  • dissolved. Spread over top and sides of cake. Bake at 350° for
  • 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield:
  • 14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 238 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 121 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.