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Angel Food cake is thought to be a takeoff of the Sponge Cake, Cornstarch Cake, Silver Cake, and/or Snow-drift Cake. There are several theories on who originated this Angel Food Cake, also called ice cream cake (a Pennsylvania Dutch wedding cake). It is felt that the abundance of cake molds in southeastern Pennsylvania, one of the major producer of cake molds, indicates that the angel food cake originated there in the early 1800s.
1865 - The first patents for rotary egg beaters began showing up around 1865.
1870 - Turner Williams of Providence,
Rhode Island invented and patented, US Patent #103811, the hand-cranked egg
beater with two intermeshed, counter-rotating whisks. It was an improvement
on earlier rotary egg beaters that had only one whisk.
1871 - Mrs. Porter's New Southern Cookery Book, and Companion for Frugal and Economical by M. E. Porter, has a recipe for Snow-drift Cake:
1881 - Mrs. Abby Fisher, the first Black American woman and a former slave from Mobile, Alabama, recorded her recipes in a cookbook called What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc. Abby Fisher lived and worked in San Francisco as a cook and caterer in the late 1870s. She has a recipe for Silver Cake, which sounds like an Angel Cake:
1883 - Angel Cake was one of the favorite dessert of Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893), nineteenth President of the United States. Cookbook authors, Poppy Cannon and Patricia Brooks, wrote the following on the history of Angel Cake in their cookbook, The Presidents' Cookbook - Practical Recipes from George Washington to the Present:
1884 - The original Boston Cooking School Cook Book, by Mrs.D.A. Lincoln had a recipe for Angel Cake. There was also recipes for Cornstarch Cake and Snow Cake which are similar.
In Fannie Merritt
Farmer's 1896 updated version of the Boston Cooking School Cook Book,
she uses the same recipe and calls the cake "Angel Food Cake."
Boston Cooking School Cook Book: A Reprint of the 1884 Classic, by Mrs. D. A. Lincoln, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1996 Reprint.
Canada Science and Technology Museum, an internet web site.
The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, by Fannie Merritt Farmer, 7th Edition, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1943.
The Original Fannie Farmer 1896 Cook Book, The Boston Cooking School, A facsimile of the first edition originally published in 1896, Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc., 1996.
Mrs. Porter's New Southern Cookery Book, and Companion for Frugal and Economical, by M. E. Porter, Porter (Paperback - December 2001 - Reprint)
The Presidents' Cookbook - Practical Recipes from George Washington to the Present, by Poppy Cannon and Patricia Brooks, Funk and Wagnalls, 1968.
What Mrs. Fisher
Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc., by Mrs.
Abbey Fisher, Applewood Books, 1995 Reprint.
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