Angel Food Cake Recipe

filed under: Cakes on May 1, 2015

This homemade Angel Food Cake is perfection. Light, moist, airy, and absolutely delicious! If you love angel food, don’t miss my Coconut Angel Food Cake and Coconut Angel Food Cupcakes!

Angel Food Cake Recipe with Roasted Strawberry Sauce

Angel Food Cake

When you are making homemade Angel Food Cake it’s important to be aware of two things. It uses a lot of eggs. Scratch that. It uses a lot of egg WHITES. Read the recipe before you start.

#panfail #cakefail #bakerfail

Now, if I could go back in time I would have definitely given MYSELF that advice. But, I was halfway through my recipe before I realized that I did not own an angel food pan.

Improvising angel food cake in a fancy bundt pan is NOT A GOOD IDEA.

It is a BAD idea.

It is a terrible idea.

CAKE FAIL! How not to make an angel food cake!

This is what happens when you make angel food cake in a fancy bundt pan that you have to spread GOOP in so that the cake doesn’t stick but the cake is supposed to stick and therefore the cake cannot properly set up and it falls and flattens itself into a 1-inch high disc of not-bad tasting but horribly disfigured angel food cake.

So I drove to the store and bought a pan.

Angel Food Cake Recipe

That was the best decision I made all day.

Well, that and the roasted strawberries. I mean, who knew roasted strawberries would be SO amazing?!?

Angel Food Cake - Cut on a Cake Plate

Angel Food Cake Recipe

The most COMMON MISTAKE in baking angel food cakes is to not weigh the eggs. It is important to measure or weigh your egg whites for this recipe! Eggs can vary so greatly in size that it could be disastrous if you simply use 12 egg whites.

Room temperature ingredients are a must! We have very fresh eggs (sometimes laid that very day!) and because they are so fresh they separate very well. If you do not happen to have 94 chickens then you may want to separate the eggs when cooler and then allow the whites to come to room temperature. Separating when cooler will help you avoid broken yolks.

When whipping eggs make sure your bowl is clean and cool. Try not to overbeat! Stiff glossy peaks are the key phrase and what to look for in your eggs. 

If you are baking this cake at a higher altitude, be sure to check out my High Altitude Baking Tips.

If you want a smooth strawberry sauce, simply place the roasted strawberries into a blender or food processor until you reach the desired consistency. If you do this you may not need to add the strawberry spread. Just keep an eye on it.

Roasted Strawberries

This is before and after roasting the strawberries. I highly recommend doing this! My house smelled like heaven for 6 hours after I removed them from the oven!

Angel Food Cake with Roasted Strawberry Sauce

This Angel Food Cake Recipe with Roasted Strawberries lasted all of one day in our house. It tastes better than any store-bought angel food cake, which is saying a lot for a kid who was raised on the store-bought stuff.

I declare it the perfect angel food cake!

5 from 11 votes
Angel Food Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

This homemade Angel Food Cake is perfection. Light, moist, airy, and absolutely delicious!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Angel Food Cake Recipe
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke
Angel Food Cake
  • 1 1/4 c (125 g)sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 c (300 g) granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 c (360 g) egg whites at room temperature (from about 12 large eggs)
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick® pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick® pure almond extract
Roasted Strawberries
  • Roasted Strawberry Sauce
  • 2 c (250g) sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. McCormick® ground cinnamon
  • 10 oz of strawberry spread or jam, jelly preserves
  • Cool Whip optional
Angel Food Cake
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F and locate your angel food cake pan. Do not butter or spray or grease pan in any way.
  2. In a large bowl sift together 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar and the sifted cake flour. (this is half of the sugar and all of the flour)
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until foamy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the cream of tartar, lemon juice, vanilla, and almond extract and continue to beat until soft peaks form roughly 2-3 minutes.

  5. Gradually beat in the remaining 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until glossy stiff peaks form.
  6. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  7. Remove bowl from stand mixer.
  8. Sift the flour mixture (1/4 cup at a time) over the egg whites and using a rubber spatula, gently fold (do not stir) the flour into the egg whites.
  9. Pour the batter into the pan and run a metal spatula or knife through the batter to get rid of any air pockets. Smooth the top and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 - 45 minutes. The cake is done when the cake springs back when gently pressed or there are cracks over the top.
  10. Immediately upon removing from the oven invert the pan and allow the cake to cool for about 1 1/2 hours.
  11. When completely cool, run an offset spatula or knife around the sides and center tube of the pan to loosen the cake and then remove the cake from the pan.
  12. Next, use the offest spatula (or knife) along the bottom and remove.
  13. Set cake on cake stand.
Roasted Strawberries
  1. Place sliced strawberries in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Drizzle evenly with syrup and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  3. Roast strawberries at 400F 10-12 minutes or until berries are tender and have begun to release their juices.
  4. Place strawberry spread into a medium bowl. Dump roasted strawberries on top of spread and mix together with a fork.
  5. If mixture seems too thick can add up to 1/2 cup warm water.
  6. When ready to serve, pour some sauce (not all) over cake. Cut cake using either a very (very) sharp knife or a serrated knife. Use a 'saw' motion and try not to press the cake down as you cut. Place the piece on a plate and drop a dollop of whipped cream on top. Cover with more strawberry sauce.
The Roasted Strawberries on this HOMEMADE ANGEL FOOD CAKE will blow your mind!

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  • Lynn says:

    Hello I love angel food cake and so do my boys, but they have celiac, can you make this with wheat free flour?

  • Aisha says:

    I love your work, I tried your brownies my kids love them. Please can you send some more fingers food recipes please

  • KathyG says:

    Even though we all love you and think you’re amazing and awesome and all the things–please don’t be offended by what I’m about to say.

    WHY?! Why would you put Cool Whip on scratch-made, heavenly angel food cake with homemade, roasted (roasted!!) strawberry sauce?? If it’s not real whipped cream, spit it out!

    • Amanda says:

      Everyone has different tastes. I LOVE homemade whipped cream… there is nothing like it! But I grew up on Cool Whip so when I taste it there is a memory associated with it… easy happy times.

      I am not offended, I just hope people understand that everyone likes different things for different reasons. 🙂

  • Michaele says:

    This was an excellent tutorial. I learned so much and the angel food cake was perfect.

  • Anne greene says:

    I don’t see any salt listed in ingredients but it says add salt in instructions. How much salt?

  • Nadia Farrag says:

    Dear Amanda, really I adore all your work
    But what about of those 12 egg yolks in this lovely angel cake? I don’t like to throw it away ,have you any idea to use them in another recipe or i can put it in the freezer? Don’t think so !
    Please help me Amanda with many thanks

  • R says:

    I’m still looking for a fabulous Angel Food Cake recipe for elevation of 4500!

  • James Thompson says:

    I will have to try this. I always made Alton Brown’s version with great success. I never understood why he wanted the sugar so fine. I like the roasted strawberry sauce idea.

  • Black Apron Affair says:

    I just wanted you to know you don’t have salt in the list if ingredients, but notate it in the recipe. They cake still cake out great though! Thanks! As always, one of my favorite bloggers!

  • Julie says:

    I was wondering how much salt?

  • Dave says:

    Fabulous, and the roasted strawberries were a real treat. (1/2 tsp salt, but definitely recommend real whip cream)

  • Amanda says:

    I love this recipe because I’ve recently started measuring in grams and ounces vs cups etc.

    My question is, could you bake this in a loaf pan?

    Thank you!!!

    • Karen says:

      You definitely can bake in a loaf pan. Still has to be inverted to cool

  • Laura says:

    Can you make this recipe using a sugar substitute?

  • Patti L. says:

    I think I know what an AGEL FOOD CAKE PAN looks like. But, perhaps a photo may help !

  • Lisa Sellers says:

    Thanks so much for commenting on making it in a regular bunt pan. That’s so good to know because that’s exactly what I was going to do! You saved me from a fail and a lot of wasted time and ingredients!

  • Shawnn Koning says:

    Nadia Farrag, you asked what to do with the egg yolks. Would suggest making a lemon curd with them and filling a puff pastry with the lemon. May not use all the egg yolks but I know it uses a lot of them.

  • Youmna Moumtaz says:

    Can I use less sugar coz we don’t like it too sweet? Would it still rise well and the outcome would be the same?



  • Sue Jackson says:

    I love angelfood cake and the smell it leaves in the house. I am going to have to give this a try. Thanks for all your recipes, they all look so delicious!

  • Trish says:

    You help me so much !! Love everything ! When I’m having a bad day I just watch you bake and it’s therapy for me !! Makes me happy, and I’m getting better at baking, think I need a lesson on cake decorating!! Thanks Amanda,

  • Brandi says:

    Hi Amanda! I am making my first angel food cake from scratch using this recipe and I am so excited. The ingredients don’t list salt but the recipe instructions say add salt, how much salt? Also thanks for the angel food cake pan instructions I was going to use a bundt pan but went out and bought an angel food cake pan instead.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Brandi! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Sorry about that! The recipe has been updated. Have a great day!

  • Lauren says:

    I made this recipe today (sans the strawberries as I like my AFC plain) and it was delicious!!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  • Petra Maiwald Fiel says:

    Can you use 1 1/2 cups of egg whites from a container of egg whites, rather than using the whites of 12 eggs? Seems less wasteful using egg whites in a container that are sold in food stores.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Petra! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. I don’t see why you couldn’t use egg whites from a container, but we haven’t tried them in this recipe. Have a great day!

  • Kim says:

    I made this recipe yesterday when I couldn’t find cake in any of the grocery stores and I loved it. It was more like cake and tastier than store bought and I’m used to slicing strawberries and sprinkling sugar and letting them sit till they get juicy, but wow I loved the roasted strawberries and I put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on mine and it was delicious, I will try real whip cream today

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