BBQ season is quickly approaching. I’ve partnered up with Glad® Black Bag to bring you a new cake recipe and some tips for easy summer entertaining.
Summer is approaching and that means warm skies and good times with friends are just around the corner. Soon it will be time to fire up the grill and enjoy the perfect BBQ. Whether it’s a large bash or a family gathering, the key to summer entertaining is to keep it simple and relaxed. And that’s exactly what today’s cake recipe is. Angel food cake is totally casual, and it might just be my favorite go-to recipe because of how quick and easy it is to bake. But don’t let it fool you. When homemade from scratch, angel food cake can easily step up for entertaining. Paired with a lemon glaze and fresh raspberries, it’s light and refreshingly bright. And completely delicious!
The best part about this no fuss cake is that it doesn’t require refrigeration, which makes it perfect for outdoor get togethers. With nothing to spoil and no icing to melt, it is completely worry free. And that’s the way a summer BBQ should be. Plate it on a pretty pedestal with the lemon glaze and raspberries within reach. Your guests will enjoy topping their own slice with additional berries and a drizzle of glaze. Wash it all down with a glass of cold lemonade and now we’re really talking summer.
Now that we have dessert figured out, let’s talk about the rest of the BBQ. I love the idea of a simple menu, to keep prep work and clean up at a minimum. That way you can relax and enjoy the party too! Grilled kabobs with marinated chicken and a mix of vegetables make for easy serving. Throw a couple of ears of corn on the grill for a quick side item. Then round out the menu with a platter of fresh fruit skewers. Keeping the food easy to eat and your guests mingling.
As with any family-friendly event, let’s not forget the little ones. A few activities go a long way when it comes to entertaining the younger crowd. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles are always a hit around here. While water balloons and glow sticks are fun for the older kids. Throw down a Twister mat in the side grass and you might even get some of the adults involved.
And when the night is over, don’t get stuck with hours of clean up. Save yourself some time and effort by placing trash cans, lined Glad® Black Bags, out and easily accessible. Label one as trash and the other as recycling and your guests will certainly take the cue. Then snag yourself another piece of cake, if there’s any left, and celebrate a BBQ done right.
LEMON RASPBERRY ANGEL FOOD CAKE
recipe by Carrie Sellman
For the Lemon Angel Food Cake
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups sifted cake flour
12 egg whites, at room temperature
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
zest of one lemon
fresh raspberries (for serving)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a food processor, pulse sugar until it is superfine. Roughly two minutes on low.
- Combine 1/2 cup sugar with flour and sift together four times. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer filled with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites, salt and cream of tarter until medium firm peaks.
- Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups sugar over egg whites with mixer running. Mix until thick and shiny.
- Add lemon juice and zest. Mix several additional minutes until very thick. Remove bowl from stand mixer. Scrape down whisk attachment, removing all egg whites and zest.
- Sprinkle 1/4 of flour mixture into bowl and gently fold into egg whites using a clean rubber spatula. Repeat until all flour has been added.
- Spoon batter into a very clean, ungreased 10 inch tube pan. Smooth with spatula.
- Bake 40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Invert pan upside down to cool.
For the Lemon Glaze
2 pounds powdered sugar
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup lemon juice
- In a mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, corn syrup and lemon juice.
- Using a whisk, mix until combined and completely smooth.
- Store extra glaze refrigerated in an airtight container.
For the Assembly
- Place cake on a baking rack with a large sheet of parchment paper or wax paper underneath to collect excess glaze.
- Spoon glaze over the cake to completely cover the top and slightly drizzle down the sides.
- Let glaze dry. Coat with a second layer of glaze, if desired. Let dry to create a smooth sheet of icing.
- Serve with fresh raspberries and an additional drizzle of lemon glaze.
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clorox via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clorox.
Cake Recipe and Photography by Carrie Sellman for The Cake Blog.
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