This cake has been a favorite in our family for many years. It was a regular request when our three sons were young.
- 1-1/2 cups egg whites (about 10)
- 1-1/4 cups cake flour
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sift together flour and brown sugar twice; set aside. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add vanilla and maple flavoring. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gradually fold in flour mixture a fourth at a time.
- Spoon half the batter into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan; sprinkle with nuts. Cut through batter with knife; spoon in remaining batter. Bake on the lowest rack at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and cracks feel dry. Immediately invert baking pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan. Invert cake onto a serving plate. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Maple Nut Angel Food Cake in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p12
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