The mixing and baking of cake requires more care and judgment than any other branch of cookery; notwithstanding, it seems the one most frequently attempted by the inexperienced.
To butter and fill pans, grease pans with melted fat, applying the same with a butter brush. If butter is used, put in a small saucepan and place on back of range; when melted, salt will settle to the bottom; butter is then called clarified. Just before putting in mixture, dredge pans thoroughly with flour, invert, and shake pan to remove all superfluous flour, leaving only a thin coating which adheres to butter. This gives to cake a smooth under surface, which is especially desirable if cake is to be frosted. Pans may be lined with paper. If this is done, paper should just cover bottom of pan and project over sides. Then ends of pan and paper are buttered.
In filling pans, have the mixture come well to the corners and sides of pans, leaving a slight depression in the centre, and when baked the cake will be perfectly flat on top. Cake pans should be filled nearly two thirds full if cake is expected to rise to top of pan.
ANGELS FOOD CAKE.
The whites of ten eggs, one and a half tumblers of granulated sugar, one tumbler of flour; a heaping teaspoon of cream tartar, a pinch of salt. Put through the sieve twice. Take one-half of eggs, and stir in one-half the sugar; beat until they have a gloss; then add the other half of eggs, and the rest of the sugar. Beat again; then add the flour and cream tartar. Stir up lightly. Flavor with almond. Bake one hour in slow oven.
Whites of nine large or ten small fresh eggs, one and one-fourth cups sifted granulated sugar, one cup sifted flour, one-half teaspoonful cream tartar; a pinch of salt added to eggs before beating. After sifting flour four or five times, measure and set aside one cup; then sift and measure one and one fourth cups granulated sugar; beat whites of eggs about half; add cream tartar and beat until very, very stiff. Stir in sugar, and then flour, very lightly. Put in pan in moderate oven at once, and bake from thirty-five to fifty minutes.
ANGEL FOOD CAKE.
Whites of eleven eggs, one cup of flour, one and one-half cups of granulated sugar, one teaspoonful of cream tartar, one teaspoonful of almond extract, one-half teaspoonful of salt. Sift sugar once; flour three times; add cream tartar to flour, and sift three times. Bake forty minutes.