Regency shares ‘food for the angels’

PUHI — Regency at Puakea resident Ann Martin’s lucky day was Thursday.

“This is my most favorite cake, and they don’t have it that often,” Martin said, helping herself to a slice of Angel Food Cake. “It is a good thing my grandkids aren’t here or they would attack this.”

Thursday was National Angel Food Cake Day and Chef Ryan Theis of the Regency at Puakea, a retirement and assisted living center, was busy Wednesday afternoon and evening creating the delicate dessert for residents and guests.

“We’ve extended our hours so people wanting to celebrate the day with a free slice can come in,” said Sharon Lasker, marketing director of the Regency at Puakea. “Chef Ryan does this the old-fashioned way with real egg whites.”

Free slices of the homemade Angel Food Cake along with a glass of fresh lemonade were available for guests who stopped in between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

National Angel Food Cake Day is celebrated on Oct. 10 of each year, according to literature available from Lasker. Angel food cake, or Angel cake, is a type of sponge cake originally from North America, becoming popular in the United States in the late 19th century.

Angel food cake, also known as silver cake, or cornstarch cake, gets its name because of its airy lightness, said to be the “food of the angels.”

“My grandkids attack the cake when we made it,” Martin said. “They even ‘cleaned’ the bundt pan. The best part of the cake is the browned part where it meets the pan.”

The original angel food cake recipe was not flavored in any way to preserve the angelic white color which led it its name. Today, lemon, or other citrus fruit flavors are common. While this type of cake is not traditionally iced, it is often drizzled with a flavored glaze.

“I hope they have whipped cream,” said Sandy Poenhelt of The Right Slice, Wednesday afternoon at the Kauai Culinary Market in Poipu. “Angel Food Cake is one of my favorite cakes, especially if it’s homemade. I hope they have whipped cream, or I’m bringing my own.”

The Regency at Puakea, in partnership with the Kauai Chamber of Commerce and FM97 radio, will next host a Business Before Hours event, Oct. 17 from 8 to 10 a.m., a day following Boss’s Day. Featured will be an omelet bar and Mimosa’s Chocolate-covered strawberries.

Visit www.kauaichamber.org, or call 245-7363 for reservations, or more information.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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