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Homemade Angel Food Cake Recipe

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This Angel Food Cake recipe is Low-Fat and Dairy-Free. A tender moist cake that is delicious just plain or with your favorite toppings.

Angel Food Cake

My Grandma Cash’s angel food cake is remembered to this day as a special Easter and summer dessert at family parties. She served her angel food cake with berries and whipped cream.

She was proud of her angel cake. It was her favorite low fat dessert. She made it out to be a diet dessert. Well …okay Grandma. 🙂

I dug around in my grandma’s Cookbook for her angel food recipe.

Angel Food Cake

The green cookbook is HER mom’s 1940 American Woman’s cookbook. Both are nostalgic treasures. Full of precious handwritten notes and recipes. Also full of great advice for homemakers!

I adapted the Angel Food cake recipe from Grandma’s An American Woman’s Cook Book . This recipe works really well.

Angel Food Cake
Angel Food Cake makes so many great recipes for desserts.

The extra egg yolks make fantastic homemade ice creams and custard dessert recipes.

My Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and Chocolate Cherry Custard Ice Cream recipes are a perfect fit for those extra egg yolks this Angel food recipe creates. Make our Gingerbread cookies into an ice cream sandwich .

My ice cream maker was humming in the background while I was making my cake.

strawberry Angel Food Cake
Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Angel cake makes a great strawberry shortcake. It uses about a dozen egg whites.

Reasons to fall in love with Angel food cake:

  • This is a great make ahead dessert. Angel cake tastes even better the day after it’s made.
  • This cake is a durable traveler for potlucks and parties. Travel it wrapped in Plastic wrap unfrosted, or on a cake plate with a cover, frosted.
  • Angel cake, unfrosted, freezes well. Make more than one at a time and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze the extra for a fast dessert.
  • Angel cake will sit out at room temperature covered on a cake plate for several days and retain its freshness.
  • Angel food cake desserts are delicious and easy. Try it in trifle, layered ice cream cakes, and other yummy desserts.
  • Angel food cake calories are pretty low at about 100 calories per slice. Angel food cake is also low-fat and a dairy-free dessert. It’s not exactly healthy food but it is certainly a HEALTHIER dessert idea.

How to Make Angel Food Cake:

This is an easy dessert if you follow the instructions and mind the tips.

SERVES AT LEAST 16:

Visual Guide and Tip Sheet:

ingredients for angel food cake
Ingredients for angel food cake

Prep the ingredients:

WARM THE EGG WHITES-About an hour Ahead: Separate eggs and allow the egg whites to reach room temperature. This helps the egg whites make a lighter meringue.

Cake Flour:

Cake flour is suggested for best results. It will produce a lighter softer spongier angel cake than an all purpose flour can. It’s in most grocery stores. If you don’t have it make your own.

To MAKE homemade cake flour: The recipe is one cup of all purpose flour Minus 2 Tablespoons. Now add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour and sift at least four times.

Superfine Sugar

Superfine sugar dissolves better in the batter so you don’t have a gritty textured cake. powdered icing sugar will also work.

To MAKE homemade Superfine sugar:  To make superfine sugar pour granulated sugar into a food processor (here’s mine) about a minute and pulse it till it’s almost a powder.

Angel food Cake Pan:

You will need a 10 inch tube pan with a removable bottom. Your cake pan needs a removable or push up bottom so you can get the baked cake out of the pan.

Angel cakes are sticky. Trust me on this. You need the correct pan.

Visual walkthrough:

Here’s a quick visual guide to this recipe. Please Watch our video for a complete recipe demonstration. The Printable recipe card is below.

Angel Cake is often served upside down, unfrosted, like this.  You can serve it right side up if you prefer. Frost or add toppings as you wish.

To Freeze:

  • Be sure to completely cool the cake before wrapping for the freezer.
  • Once cooled wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Label with date.
  • Freeze up to two months.

To Defrost:

Let the frozen cake sit on your counter unwrapped to warm. Do NOT microwave to defrost.

Your Printable Recipe Card:

Angel Food Cake
Yield: 16 slices

Angel Food Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Invert cake time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

This Angel Food Cake recipe is Low-Fat and Dairy-Free! A tender moist cake that is delicious plain. Make this angel food cake for strawberry shortcake and other light desserts your family will enjoy. Add favorite toppings to change it up. This easy to make recipe Freezes well too.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup superfine Sugar
  • 1 Cup sifted Cake Flour
  • 1 2/3 Cup egg whites ( about 12 egg whites)
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond flavoring

Instructions

Prepare your ingredients:

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

  1. Separate eggs and allow the eggs white to reach room temperature (about an hour)separating eggs
  2. Prepare the cake flour if you make your own this way: The recipe is one cup of all purpose flour Minus 2 Tablespoons. Now add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour and sift at least four times.
  3. If necessary blend your sugar to superfine texture or used store bought.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

MAKE THE CAKE:

  1. Sift 3/4 Cup sugar and the cake flour together 4 times. SET SIDE
  2. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar,lemon juice until foamy.foamy egg whites
  3. Add remaining sugar and flavorings, a little at a time, beating it in with your electric mixer.(Beat until the meringue is glossy and forms soft peaks but is NOT drysoft peak egg whites
  4. Sift one third of the the flour over the meringue. Fold it in gently. Repeat until flour is all folded in.folding in dry ingredients-angel food cake
  5. Pour into a large UNGREASED 10 inch tube pan.
  6. Cut through the batter vertically, in concentric circles, with a kitchen knife to remove the large air bubbles. The top will settle down into a fine swirl pattern if you cut the bubbles in this way.cutting through angel cake batter.

BAKE AND COOLING

  1. Set in oven and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake top comes out clean. The top will be golden brown and cracked.baked angel food cake
  2. Remove from oven and invert pan for 1 hour.invert the baked angel food cake to cool
  3. To remove the cake from the tube pan cut down the sides and around the tube center with a sharp knife. cutting the angel cake out of the pan.
  4. Remove from the bottom plate the same way. Invert onto a cake plate.
  5. Serve plain with toppings or Frost if desired.

Notes

Serve plain with toppings or Frost if desired.

Freezing Instructions:

  1. Cut cooled cake from the pan.
  2. Tightly wrap the cake in plastic wrap. Label and freeze up to two months.

To Thaw:

  1. Remove the cake from freezer and unwrap it.
  2. Let is sit at room temperature until completely thawed.

Cake Flour:

Cake flour is suggested for best results. It will produce a lighter softer spongier angel cake than an all purpose flour can. It's in most grocery stores. If you don't have it make your own.

To MAKE homemade cake flour: The recipe is one cup of all purpose flour Minus 2 Tablespoons. Now add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour and sift at least four times.

Superfine Sugar

Superfine sugar dissolves better in the batter so you don't have a gritty textured cake. powdered icing sugar will also work.


To MAKE homemade Superfine sugar:  To make superfine sugar pour granulated sugar into a food processor (here's mine) about a minute and pulse it till it's almost a powder.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 109Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 85mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 0gSugar 13gProtein 6g

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I studied Angel cake recipes awhile before my first attempt to bake one several years ago. I stumbled upon a lovely post by A Canadian Foodie  about how angel food cake was made down through the generations in her family.

It’s an awesome tribute to angel food cake and the women who made it. From baking Angel cakes in wood cookstoves, in a dish pan, to durable old Sunbeam mixers in the forties.

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Bev Chandler

Monday 23rd of May 2016

I wish I could try your angel food cake recipe. Unfortunately, I was just told I am both gluten and lactose intolerant. I love to cook and always have. I am finding many wonderful sites that include recipes I can eat. Your angel food recipe makes me wish I could still eat gluten. Is there any chance you may continue your experimentation to make this usable by folks like me? I know I am asking a lot, but if you do update this recipe, would you please let me know. Your latest fan, Bev

Diane

Monday 23rd of May 2016

Hi Bev, I'm so sorry you have been limited so severely in your diet!

I found this Gluten free Angel food cake recipe for you on another blog. Let me know how it works! Fortunately angel cake is already dairy free! This recipe looks pretty easy. And the cake looks light and beautiful!

All of our recipes here at homemade food Junkie come with a nutritional app that will tell you if the recipe is gluten free or dairy free. Many recipes can be adjusted easily. I have several recipes that are easily adapted just by switching out the ingredients. I hope you'll look around our blog for recipes that may suit you.

I realize you will have a lot to learn about your diet. I know bloggers that will teach you how to develop and adapt recipes you love. One of those bloggers is my friend Tina over at Gluten free Food Smith Tina offers recipe developement for gluten free cooks and has many excellent recipes already adapted for you. Another blog you may enjoy is Fearless Dining Sandi Gartner is an excellent gluten free cook as well.

Thank you so much for commenting and expressing your appreciation for our blog. If I make a gluten free Angel Cake I will contact you! I wish you All the best Bev!

Bam's Kitchen

Saturday 14th of May 2016

Angel food cake is my moms favorite cake and she turns 90 in June. Love how light and fluffy and topped with strawberries and whipped topping are one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Sharing!

Diane

Saturday 14th of May 2016

Hi Bam, Tell your mom Happy birthday for us! That is a huge mile stone! This recipe is perfect for her! Thanks so much for sharing!

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