After a few hours of home plumbing renovations to our bathroom, which included replacing shower handles, entire valve body, faucet, etc., what’s next on the list of things to do? Bake a cake.

Lately, I’ve been consistent of producing excellent grilled/smoked meats, so I figured on starting a series of articles on baking and cooking that I know I need a little work on. I decided to start out easy. If you’re a guy like me that loves to grill and uses “eh, that’s good enough” as a legit form of measurement, a box of Angel Food Cake Mix is a good place to start.

MeatIsNotASideDish Angel Food Mix
First, you pour the water – my mix called for 1 1/3 cup (you better measure this one, it’s kinda important) into a non-plastic bowl. Not sure why it can’t be plastic. Maybe it’s like in plumbing where they say you shouldn’t go from plastic to metal back to plastic … not sure. Anyway, bring out the power tool! I used a GE model 10665IN 120v-60hz-225w mixer. If you don’t have one of these, you can always use a power drill, I’m sure one of the spinners on the end would fit in the chuck.

MeatIsNotASideDish Angel Food Mixed
Mix the packet of egg mix with the water. After about 5 minutes, mix in the other packet. Total mixing time is about 7-8 minutes. At this point, the directions mention a “tube pan”, I didn’t know what that was, so I was glad there was a little drawing on the back of the box of what one looked like. Thankfully, we had one, but note to self: I should have looked to make sure before hand. Pour the liquid into the tube pan. The instructions also said to “cut” the bubbles, I hacked at it pretty good but I don’t know for sure if it was doing anything.

MeatIsNotASideDish Angel Food Tube Pan
I baked it at 375F for 35 minutes, just enough time to watch an episode of Storage Wars (yuuuuuuup!). It looked golden brown to me, so I figured that was good enough. Makes me wonder though what would happen if I had used a meat thermometer. Would I have been able to tell it was done by having it reach a certain temperature? After the cool down process, I turned it over and slammed it down on the table, that didn’t seem to get it to fall out, so I pulled it out of the pan by sliding a spatula down the sides.

MeatIsNotASideDish Angel Food Cake
MeatIsNotASideDish Angel Food Cake
It tasted good enough to me, but I don’t really have too much cake-tasting experience. Would I take it over a juicy steak? Nah, I’ll take the steak, but in the end it was fun and I’d do it again … but I probably should think ahead and get some sort of topping.

– Kyle

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