just call me angel

Haha, hope everyone out there is doing well. It’s supposed to snow tonight but probably not very much.

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Anyway, I did test out the Trader Joe’s matcha latte. I made it with water so I could really taste the essentials of the mix. It’s pretty thick stuff, and the matcha flavor is not particularly strong, but it’s not bad. Maybe if I mixed in some additional matcha powder? Anyway, it wasn’t disgusting, but it wasn’t delicious, either.
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And now I will talk about cake! The other day I made Angel Cake from the September 2003 issue of Food & Wine (wow, 2003. That’s old! I’ve been carrying around the recipe since then!). It has a marshmallow frosting, so it’s really pretty and shiny. When I was frosting it, Peter commented that the frosting looked just like 3M 5200 polyurethane (a classic boat polyurethane, apparently). So you see, his comments are not just limited to my wardrobe.
The cake part was actually quite delicious–not too sweet and a good, substantial cake. The frosting, on the other hand, was really, REALLY sweet. It was fun to make, and I ate the frosting, but everyone else kind of scraped it off (except for the 3-year-old. She liked it). So, I think this cake would probably be more of a crowd pleaser if made with chocolate frosting.
Read on for the recipe …

Angel Cake with Marshmallow Icing
Food & Wine, Sept 2003
Make one 9″ layer cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, room temp
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare two 9″ cake pans by buttering and flouring them. Sift the flour, powder, soda, and salt on a sheet of waxed paper.
2. Using a stand mixer (or an electric hand mixer if you must), beat the butter at medium speed until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions. Turn the speed to low and beat in the dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat in the vanilla.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake in the center of the oven about 30-35 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans set on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Turn out the cakes onto the rack and allow to cool completely.
4. Frost! Decorate wth sprinkles or drag

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10 Responses to just call me angel

  1. Sarah says:

    What I wouldn’t give for a slice of that cake right now… it looks brilliant!

  2. Megan says:

    Oh yeah, that’s similar to old fashioned seven-minute icing! Except the seven-minute icing doesn’t call for corn syrup. But, it’s still super shiny and tastes like marshmallows. Mmmmm me wants some cake.

  3. Sharlene says:

    Thanks for the report on the TJ’s Matcha. I’ve been holding out on trying it because I still have a big bag of my usual brand from Ranch 99. At some point I’ll probably run out and give the TJ’s a try. But I won’t rush to do it now!

  4. jan in nagasaki says:

    so what`s up with the Matcha??? do people really like that stuff??? As a drink it`s fine, but when it comes to cake or ice cream or even hard candy give me chocolate!!!!!!!
    that cake looks really yummy!!!! and the marshmallow frosting isn`t made of real marshmallows so it`s vegetarian!!!!! YAY.

  5. Lydia says:

    So is that like an angel food cake or do you think Food & Wine called it “angel cake” just because? It sounds yummy.

  6. amy says:

    have you ever had the matcha tea latte at starbucks? if you have, what do you think the flavor of the TJ version is in comparison? i really heart the starbucks version. green tea latte on ice, mm…

  7. Megan says:

    Hi, I’m a random person, just came across your site by googling Mt.Tabor. Found some lovely shots you took quite some time ago, and as I read on, I noticed lots of talk of chocolate and Japanese things and knitting and Portland in general. I’m hoping to live there someday and found your site provided interesting insight. Anyway, I’ll stop rambling. Just thought I’d comment and say nice pics.

  8. Denice says:

    Loved Peter’s comment, sounds like something my husband would say. I found your site a long time ago, googling “Crocs”. Then months later looking for images of “cupcakes”. I bookmarked you, figuring we had some things in common. Just the other day you mentioned a place I’ll never forget, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor (this one was in suburban Detroit). I got a suprise! in the bathroom there on my 13th birthday! I loved the drink they served called Green River. Oh, and remember the “Zoo” sundae? Anyway, thanks for making me smile.

  9. jennie says:

    i grabbed some matcha from TJ’s after I saw the pic on your site. I have to agree. I don’t eat/drink a lot of sweets so I was afraid it would be too sweet. It wasn’t… it was just kind of chalky. I think I will use less powder and milk (instead of water) next time. Because I had some powdery discharge at the bottom of my mug!

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