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Low Fat Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Topping Recipe
Everybody loves dessert. Sure, maybe there is one person who has a disdain for sweet dishes. That same person also probably despises puppies, kittens, and rainbows. But, for the most part, everybody loves dessert. The problem is, desserts often contain a lot of fat. That's why I love angel food cake. The texture is heavenly, the flavor is divine and best of all, angel food cake is fat-free
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The skinny on fat.
Fat isn't always bad. In fact, your body needs fat in order to properly function. According to the National Institute of Health, fats are important for controlling inflammation, blood clotting, and brain development and they must be eaten in order to work. Fats are the next source of your body's energy after carbohydrates are used and they are essential for healthy skin and hair.
There are good fats and bad fats. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are good fats that should be a regular, although limited, part of your diet. In these categories you would find ingredients like avocados, nuts, olive oil, soybeans, and seafood. Saturated fats are the fats that cause harm to your body if eaten in excess. They are responsible for clogged arteries, high cholesterol and obesity. Trans fatty acids, which are found when vegetable hardens, are in fried foods, commercial prepared pastries, margarine and processed foods.
One slice of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting contains 10.5 grams of fat according to fatsecret.com. To put that in perspective, an average person consuming a diet of 2,200 calories per day should limit their fat intake to 49-86 grams of fat per day. Of those fats, you should consume 20 or less grams of fat per day and, of that fat allowance, less than 17 grams should come from saturated fat . That slice of chocolate cake contains over 3 grams of saturated fat. It doesn't sound like much but considering that many people can't limit themselves to one slice of chocolate cake and that saturated fats are found in foods that you eat throughout your day, you have reason to pause before eating that cake.
One slice of angel food cake has a scant two-tenths of a gram of fat. The amount is so small that you can't even input the amount on a nutrition chart. It rounds it down to zero. Although it is not calorie-free, angel food cake is still a healthier option for dessert. The recipe I'm sharing today is for an easy angel food cake topped with fresh strawberries and a fat-free whipped topping. A tip from my kitchen: any recipe for which you need to beat eggs until they have stiff peaks is easies when using a mixer like the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. You just turn it on and focus on other jobs in your kitchen while the mixer does all of the work.
Low Fat Angel Food Cake
- 1 1/2 cups egg whites, (10-12 large eggs)
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 cup cake flour or all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups fresh strawberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Fat-Free Cool Whip
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring egg whites to room temperature. Meanwhile, sift powdered sugar and flour together. In a large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).
- Gradually add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).
- Sprinkle about 1/4 of the flour mixture over the beaten eggwhites; fold in gently using a spatula. (If bowl is too full, transfer to a larger bowl.) Repeat, folding in remaining flour mixture by fourths.
- Pour into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Bake on the lowest rack in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched.
- Immediately invert cake (leave in pan); cool completely. Loosen sides of cake from pan and remove cake.
- To top your cake, rinse, hull, and quarter ripe strawberries. Place in bowl and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Spoon over sliced cake and serve with fat-free Cool Whip.
|Serving size: 1/8 of a cake|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 60 g||20%|
|Sugar 47 g|
|Protein 7 g||14%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|