Zoë François — known for the dessert recipes she shares about herself website and Instagram as @zoebakes, as well as her popular cookbook “Zoë Bakes Cakes” – also had an angel food cake moment on July 4th: she took time on Instagram to wish Zimmern, her former supervisor and longtime friend and mentor, happy birthday. In his positionFrancois recalled the “moment of time” she spent with Zimmern when she was his pastry assistant, recalling the first cake she baked for her birthday. It was angel food, naturally (and coincided with his first attempt at making rhubarb pie).
The angel food cake recipe highlighted in Francois’ post is not the ordinary Jane’s cake that most people probably imagine when they think of angel food: it’s what Francois calls Raspberry and Rose Angel’s Dream Cake. With its pretty pink exterior, snowy white interior, crown of fresh raspberries and a single rosebud, it truly looks angelic. What makes it a “dream” cake, exactly? We don’t know if it’s the lighter-than-air cake itself or its sweet whipped cream icing topped with jammy raspberries – either way, it seems to share a lot of common ingredients with Zimmern Angel Food Cake Recipebased on the one her mother made.