Angel Food Cake Recipe

Posted on Feb 14 2013 - 12:39am by Demelza Young

This is hands-down my favorite cake.  I remember the first time I made angel food cake I was astonished by how the egg white mixture nearly quadrupled in size, and by how greatly the process differed from any other dessert recipe I’d made.  Now it’s one of my family’s most requested cakes; each time I bake it I receive big smiles and rave reviews.

The taste really is heavenly; I think the combination of vanilla and almond extracts gives it that true “angel food” flavor, but if you only have vanilla available then you can simply substitute a full teaspoon of that.  I’ve also used well-sifted all purpose flour instead of the cake flour with good results.  This cake has a very fluffy, cloudlike texture that almost seems to melt in your mouth.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Angel Food Cake (serves 8 to 10)

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cake Flour
  • 1/3 Cup White Sugar
  • 8 Large Egg Whites Eggs at Room Temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • Sliced Strawberries Garnish
  • Whipped Cream Garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Sift the flour and 1/3 cup sugar onto a large plate; set aside.

  2. Combine the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large glass bowl (do NOT use a metal bowl!). Beat with a mixer until frothy.

  3. Combine 1/2 cup sugar with the salt. Add to the whipping egg whites in a slow, steady stream, and then add the extracts, continuing to whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks (this took me about 10 minutes).

  4. Sift flour mixture over the egg whites; fold in very gently with a large spoon until well blended (I use a plastic spoon).

  5. Spoon mixture into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Gently smooth the top.

  6. Bake until the cake is golden brown and springs back when lightly touched in the center, about 35 minutes.

  7. When the cake is done, invert the tube pan upside down onto a plate but DO NOT remove the cake. Allow to cool completely.

  8. When cooled, slide a long knife around the side of the pan to loosen the cake and invert it onto a serving plate. If desired, top with a dollop of whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

About 

Demelza Young is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Her current plans are to attend graduate school and to study clinical psychology in the hopes of one day working with eating disordered patients.

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  1. Maria Iemma February 14, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I love angel food cake and plan to serve it for desert tonight … with cherry sauce and whipped cream.

  2. Kelly R. February 14, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Sounds yummy, thanks for sharing!!

  3. Ashley B. February 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    You have some of the best recipes I have ever seen! I love angel food cake but have never attempted to make my own. I just might give it a whirl now :)
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  4. Pam B. February 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I haven't seen an Angel Food Cake Recipe in years! I remember Mom making ours from scratch out of necessaty because she was a diabetic and it was the only cake she could have. I will always remember her inverting the cake pan over a pop bottle to cool it completely. Oh,,, how I miss those days!

    • Susan Bewley February 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      It’s one of the few cakes my father in law can eat as well since he has a corn allergy.

  5. Jenna Em February 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Your recipe for angel food cake is awesome!  I would love a piece of your delicious cake!
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  6. Pam February 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I will have to give this one a try for sure. Looks and sounds delcious. Angel Food Cake is my cake of choice for strawberry short cake. I like it much better than pound cake.

  7. Alaina Bullock February 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Wow!  I love Angel Food Cake, and it hads been so long since I have had any!  thanks for the recipe!  I have a feeling I will be having some real soon! LOL!

  8. Elizabeth February 15, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Very pretty cake.  I always find that I purpose this type of cake because I am left with a bunch of unloved yolks!

  9. Luda February 15, 2013 at 1:33 am - Reply

    I absolutelly would love to make this from scratch, i displike angel food cake that are sold at the store with tons of other ingredients that are so foreighn to me. Thank you for the recipe. 

    • Susan Bewley February 15, 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Tell us what you think! I don’t buy cakes in stores either since I am one of those people who like to know everything in my food!

  10. Cynthia Teer February 15, 2013 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I have tried & tried to bake one of these. Some people got it & some of us don't.

  11. Jeannette February 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Wow – I love Angel Food cake but never thought I could make it at home!  You make it look easy!  Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Greta February 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I love angel food cake.  Thanks for sharing.

  13. Shauna February 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    This looks super-yummy. I am a horrible baker, but this looks easy. Thank you

  14. Amber Edwards February 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    I love making Angel food cake. It is definitely a favorite dessert, and so light and fluffy! And Oh my, it makes the best Strawberry shortcake! 
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  15. Nicoyle February 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Angel food cake is the only cake that I can eat plain and it still taste yummy. Yours turned out really good.
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  16. Melody February 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I LOVE angel food cake!  I really need to try to make it someday…The last time I tried, I tried to use a plastic bowl to beat the egg whites…Doesn't work! lol
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  17. Debbie February 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I not only love Angel Food cake with strawberries but I love to put Peanut Butter frosting on it too. Never made homemade before but I am gonna try this recipe because it looks easy and not alot of ingredients

  18. Karren Haller February 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Angel food cake is my husbands favorite cake and he loves it put in the freezer to eat very cold. It does not actually freeze. Your homemade recipe looks really good, I have always been afraid of trying homemade.
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  19. sam dock February 16, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    This is my fav cake but I have never tried to actually make one myself…it doesnt look like it would be so hard afterall! Thanks.

  20. Elizabeth Towns February 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I have never cared for angel food cake purchased from a store. If someone  makes it, it is completely different. I will try this recipe for my family. Thanks for the frame by frame recipe shots, too!

  21. Amber H February 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Love angel food cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will have to try this!

  22. Marissa February 17, 2013 at 2:41 am - Reply

    yum! thanks for the recipe! Would love to eat this <3

  23. angela February 17, 2013 at 11:45 am - Reply

    yum I always mess it up though…. mine always goes flat
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  24. Darlene Ysaguirre February 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Love angle food cake never realizsed how easy was to make.

  25. Heather Bryant February 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I love angel food cake and made my first one last year, I have to agree with you the amazment the transformation takes!

  26. Russell February 18, 2013 at 6:34 am - Reply

    I just may have to try this with my kids. they love helping me cook or bake.

  27. Susan Broughton February 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I wonder if you could make this with a sugar substitute?  I'm a diabetic and have been looking for recipes but their hard to find.  I love angel food cake so I would really enjoy making it with no sugar.  If anyone knows of any good sites or recipes for any type of diabetic friendly recipes send me a email. If not its ok.  Thanks Susan Broughton  elaineb1@ymail.com

    • Susan Bewley February 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Let me ask Demelza. She does a lot of cooking with straight splenda.

  28. Emily stone February 19, 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Live this cake

  29. Diana C February 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    This looks amazing and easy.  Thanks for sharing this and having great pictures to help along.

    Diana C

  30. patrice February 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I love angel food cake. My mom would always make one after CHristmas. She'd chop up all the leftover candy canes and top a piece of cake with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and the candy pieces. Yum!

  31. Nancy Bowers February 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Angel food cake is a favorite but my pan (which is a hand me down from my late mother) is a bear to clean. It is bevelled inside.

    • Susan Bewley February 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      I use a spring pan for ours. We bought it for cheesecake but it works with so many different things!

  32. Lenora D March 15, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I love angel food.  It's nice to see a recipe.

  33. Tiffany Winner March 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    i remember making angel food cake in home ec class!

  34. Susan Alban March 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you for such a great recipe!

  35. Heidi March 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    I love angel food cake.   It is a classic.

  36. lisa March 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks. That sounds simply delicious!

  37. Nicole Strunk March 24, 2013 at 12:33 am - Reply

    I love angel food cake, but can not recall the last time I had it. Thanks for this I think I will try it out next weekend. 

  38. Peggy Greco March 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I have always liked angel food cake. Thanks for sharing recipe with us!

  39. Becca Wilson March 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh soooo yummy. This was my bday cake every year when my grandmother was still able to make it. I need to learn!!
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  40. Kate F. April 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love angel food cake.

  41. Peggy Greco April 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    This angel food cake looks very tasty ; thanks for recipe!

  42. Debbie Mc May 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Never have made an angel food cake, I am gonna have to try this one!

  43. Lauren M May 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    okay, im like drooling over here! I love angel food cake and this recipe sounds amazing!! Time to go to the store and get the stuff im missing to make this!!!!

  44. Cindy S. July 17, 2013 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Loooove angel food cake.  Haven't had it in years but now I plan to make this and serve it with strawberries and whipped cream.  Thanks for the wonderful recipe!! : )

  45. Katrina A July 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    My hubby was just telling me the other day he wanted home-made angel food cake. I drew a blank. Other than the preboxed mix I had no clue what to do. I'll take your word that this is a yummy recipe and suprise the hubby with my Betty Crocker skills! lol

  46. Kristina L July 31, 2013 at 12:44 am - Reply

    We love Angel food cake. So fluffy and fantastic with whipped cream and fresh fruit! I will admit I have never made it home-ade, I am not that great in the kitchen.

  47. Richelle L Leffler September 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    this looks so good my granny eats angel food cake like crazy would love to try this out and make some for her would be nice i think she would like that 

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