Suffrage Angel Cake

The recipe

  • 11 eggs
  • 1 full cup Swansdown Flour (after sifting)
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 pinch of salt

Beat the eggs until light – not stiff; sift sugar 7 times, add to the eggs, beating as little as possible. Sift flour 9 times, using only the cupful, discarding the extra flour; then put in the flour the cream of tartar; add this to the eggs and sugar; now the vanilla. Put in angel cake pan with feet. Put in oven with very little heat. Great care must be used in baking this cake to insure success. Light the oven when you commence preparing material. After the first 10 minutes in oven, increase the heat and continue to do so every five minutes until the last 4 or 5 minutes, when strong heat must be used. At thirty minutes remove cake and invert pan allowing to stand thus until cold.

Notes for a modern kitchen

  • 11 egg whites
  • 1 cup (120g) flour, measured after sifting
  • 1 ½ cups (301g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350F (177C).

Beat eggs until light and well-combined. Add the sugar and beat continuously until soft peaks form and the mixture looks glossy.

Mix together flour and cream of tartar. Fold into egg and sugar mix. Fold in the vanilla. Do not overmix.

Carefully pour batter into an ungreased tube pan (ideally with feet).

Bake for 30 minutes. Until a skewer comes out of the middle clean.

Let cool upside down in the pan for at least an hour to avoid collapse.

Carefully remove from baking tin to try to avoid splitting. Serve at room temperature.

Sources/Notes for a Modern Kitchen:

Initially, we thought the recipe called for whole eggs, as this one does, but then found this recreation from the Heinz History Center that used egg whites only and decided to follow suit.

We also turned to these two recipes for guidance: a Food Network recipe on beating the sugar into the fluffy eggs and this Food52 recipe on an easier way to make angel good cake.