Homemade Angel Food Cake
*Preface* – Today’s post comes in two parts. First – I made this cake. I danced around like Elaine Bennace with joy. Second – Ben’s birthday was yesterday and I might be reconsidering my “The Birthday person chooses what they get for dinner” Rule. Read on, its full of marital tumultuation and something you might call hilarity. Enjoy.
Let’s play a little word association game, shall we?
Strawberries – I bought four pounds.
Angel Food Cake – Can’t even touch the store-bought, chemical laden stuff.
Egg Whites – Why must they always fall down?
Hormones – Make me want to eat All the Strawberry Shortcake, Ever.
Bikini Season – That’s hilarious. My full moon eclipsing rear end is ROFL-ing right now.
But of all the things you could be devouring this summer, this is probably one of the better ones? Ish. It’s got egg whites, and fresh berries. So, healthy no? Healthy-ish? Yup. You will 110% fall in love with this, with the fluffy cake that makes you want to use it as a pillow and sleep in on a Saturday morning, and the roasted strawberries that taste like buttah, when no butter is involved.
Rachel’s how to on roasted strawberries made me swoon, so they were a natural addition to this. Yesterday’s How-to on Whipping Egg Whites set us up to bake this gorgeous cake. Only Cook’s Country could have led to me to the promised land. You can’t fail with this recipe, because they did all the hard work, you just make it, bake it and bask in the glow of victory.
And don’t worry about the dozen egg yolks you’ll have left over – you can make creme brulee and ice cream from here ’til the 4th of July! You’re holiday treats are all laid out.
In other news – Ben turned the big ol’ Dirty Thirty yesterday!! Big day. And what did he want to do for dinner? Nothing special. A burger and green beans. That’s it? A new decade and he wanted steamed green beans on his birthday?
This is the man I married.
Oh wait…it gets better. Because once you find out what he wanted to top his greens with might make you want to commit violence. Ketchup. There, I said it.
You don’t top green things with KETCHUP!! The only viable option for topping a vegetable is ranch. Or butter. But Ketchup? He’s fired. So fired. No, no – they’re great he says. Wanna know why? “Because they taste like fries”, he said!! Ohhhh helll to the NO! Green beans don’t taste like fries. Wanna know what tastes like fries? FRIES!! FRIES goes with KETCHUP. Not green beans.
I can’t even stand it. This is a major point of contention in our marriage. Someone please coach me through this. I need another slice of angel food cake. Oh wait, I ate it all. Maybe I’ll hack off a slice of his birthday cake – Boxed Yellow Cake with canned Chocolate Frosting.
I don’t know even know who I am anymore. Send HALP!
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Homemade Angel Food Cake with Roasted Strawberries
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cooling Time: 3 hours
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
A light fluffy summer dessert, and roasted strawberries are a perfect addition on top!
Angel Food Cake:
- 1 ½ cup + 2 Tbsp Cake Flour
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 12 Egg Whites
- 1 ½ cup Fine Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
- ½ tsp Vanilla
- ½ tsp Almond Extract
- 2 pounds Strawberries
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice (optional)
Angel Food Cake:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
- Divide sugar in half, setting aside ¾ cup of it, and combining the other ¾ cup and flour/salt mixture in a food processor. Process for 1 one minute to form a fine powder. Set aside.
- With a stand mixer combine 12 egg whites and cream of tartar on low speed for one minute, until eggs become foamy. Increase speed to medium-high and whisk until stiff peaks begin to form.
- Just as eggs begin set and form peaks, slowly pour in remaining ¾ cup of sugar. Beat in vanilla and almond extract. This process will take about 5-7 minutes.
- Sift the flour/sugar powder over the top of the egg whites in three separate additions. Gently fold the flour into the egg whites until combined.
- Pour the mixture into an non-greased tube pan or bundt cake pan.
- Bake for 40-45 Minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool UPSIDE DOWN until cool – about 2-3 hours. Set the pan over the neck of a wine bottle to hold steady as it cools.
- Run a knife or thin rubber spatula around the edge of the pan to release the cake from the pan.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash, hull and quarter two pounds of strawberries. Toss with sugar and roast for 15 minutes, stirring half way in between.
- Allow to cool, chill and then serve.
- Top strawberries onto slices of angel food cake for strawberry shortcake.
Angel Food Cake – Cook’s Country, Roasted Strawberries – Rachel Currier of Baked by Rachel
OH my gosh, those roasted strawberries are killing me!! This looks perfect and so pretty and since it has strawberries I can have a slice for breakfast, right?
I consider this a totally legit breakfast food – it has berries, so it counts! haha
Now that is unbelievably lovely! I adore it! Simply gorgeous!
you are pretty much summing up my opinion of bikini season right now. I am in love with this dessert!
Something tells me this doesn’t taste like cardboard. I want this!!! WHy don’t I have cake flour 🙁
Women, get your self some cake flour STAT!! This needs to be made!
Angel food cake is definitely a favorite of mine. So soft and spongy! I love this recipe!
That coke looks good and it is a great way to enjoy those strawberries!
Ok, a few thoughts:
1. Our spouses are ketchup twins separated at birth. Gah!
2. I am intrigued by the fact that the cake doesn’t fall out of the pan while it is cooling upside down. Really???
3. Roasted strawberries. I am so all over that. Yum!
4. My favorite bathing suit involves something called “shape-ware”. No bikinis, thank you.
5. How can I classify cooking as “sick leave”? Cause I really will be sick if I don’t try this cake 🙂
I’m so glad I’m not the only one with a weird ketchup loving husband! Solidarity sister!! And the cooling upside down thing totally threw me for a loop too, but it works and it doesn’t fall out!! So cool. 🙂
Homemade angel food cake…oh you are incredible!
Wait… your Benny Boy lives with a fabulous food blogger who makes the most amazing food from scratch and he wants a boxed cake mix with tub frosting and green beans with KETCHUP? One day he’ll look back on this and see that he squandered his salad years. (Salad with ranch – not ketchup) Uh-MAZE-ing angel food, Megan. And I love the concept of roasting strawberries. Gonna have to try that.
“My full moon eclipsing rear end” That should be a book title.. This cake..YES…Perfection my dear..Truly!!
Haha love this post. This angel food cake has me swooning over it.
Oh i love angel food cake!!!!
You can tell Ben that he is regressing and eating like a 3 year old :). My 3 year old dips his green beans in ketchup. Come to think of it, we recently had to talk him out of dipping his strawberries in ketchup strictly because of the gross factor.
Beautiful cake! Angel Food Cake with whipped cream and strawberries is one of my all time favourite desserts. I would even choose it over the best chocolate cake, which to a chocolate lover like me is akin to blasphemy. 🙂
So, this just made my day!! Holy gorgeousness!!
Haha!! Best husband “flaw” of all time! No coaching needed here, just a big fat slice of this cake! It looks seriously gorGEOUS!
Megan this is a beautiful cake!!! I’ve never made angel food at home and you inspire me to try one day. So pretty! And with a Cook’s Country recipe, you know it’s going to be good!
I love this! I’ve never made it at home and I’m totally hating myself right now.
gorgeous cake! we make beautiful food together don’t we? lol just teasing. I totally want a giant helping of this. and can you believe never in my life have i made angel food cake. oh it’s been on my list but hasn’t made it to the top… but it mightve just been shoved up there 😉 and ps ben is weird… ketchup?! for real?! then again… maybe i’d eat more veggies if i doused them with stuff too hmmm. i’ll get back to you on that.
Oh I’m rolling on the floor over here! Just breathe… marriage gets you like that sometimes. My brother puts Ketchup on EVERYTHING. Like Mac & Cheese?! Say what?! Good thing he didn’t put it on this beautiful Angel Food Cake. He didn’t right?!
I love angel food cake. I have never made it from scratch though! I’ve only had my mom’s version and the kind from the store. and wow – the store-bought has NOTHING on homemade. I bet this is wonderful! Bikini season – i’m just ignoring it for the time being.
Holy friggin’ gorgeous! This is so happening at my next BBQ, or to treat my Mom to something sweet next time I see her. Lovely recipe, Megan!
KETCHUP??!?!? Really? KETCHUP!?!
He is married to one of the most talented food bloggers who can whip up anything and he wanted a burger with green bean “fries”? Silly Ben. 🙂
Ketchup on green beans…sounds about like my hubby. He thinks he NEEDS a condiment for everything he eats. Me…I’d rather eat this cake for every meal!
HAHA! That is a great story. I have the opposite. My boyfriend won’t touch any ketchup or mustard or mayo or anything, not really even butter. He eat a baked potato DRY. It’s craziness.
While I love ketchup, it does not belong on green beans! I have always wanted to make angel food cake. It’s so dreamy!
Yummmm, green beans and…ketchup. For better or for worse, right?
lol… no ketchup for me. We would be divorced in .000001 seconds! I’m part of the ketchup haters club! I can’t believe he wanted to do such a thing! But it was his birthday… so for each is their own! I’ve never made angel food cake before… must make stat and then make creme brulee as you suggested!Great seeing you the other weekend at FBF!
I have always wanted to make my own angle food cake but have been too intimidated to make one. And now with your direction I think that I will give this a go. Thank you
Dang it… now I want Angel Food Cake topped with strawberries – like N.O.W. haha This look PERFECT… seriously!
I have never heard of ketchup on green beans before. It sounds interesting..haha. This angle food cake though is a sure thing especially with roasted strawberries.
Doesn’t he know that green beans go with bacon, not ketchup?!! And to put a green bean in the same category as a french fry, oh the horrors. French fries deserve a throne of their own. Clearly he has been brainwashed since childhood. God sent the right person to correct his erroneous thinking. Good luck on your endeavor to set him straight. If he is anything like my husband, grab your boot straps, you are in it for the long haul. Men….
I about fell out of my chair when I read Ben’s comment about green beans with ketchup tasting like fries. This is absolutely something my bf would say! Women have better imaginations than men, but when it comes to fries, the only replacement is….fries 🙂 Your angel food cake looks absolutely perfect, I don’t know how ya do it, sister!
Green things and ketchup?! Too funny!
And dude, this angel cake – GET IN MY BELLY! Do you have any leftovers?
Such a beautiful cake! And the word association? Fun! Except the egg whites falling down.
Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about cakes? This is the link . There are lots of great links there already. I do hope to see you there. Cheers
Oh this is so lovely! I love the roasted strawberry topping 🙂
I would much rather do homemade, rather than store bought.
Just made this for my dads birthday! It came out beautiful! I would like to say that pictures of the process would be very helpful though, like the beating of the egg whites stage and such just so we know exactly what we’re shooting for. Other than that, gorgeous recipe 🙂 will be saving it for later use thanks!
It’s in the oven and I’m making blueberry sauce to go with it, probably strawberries another night if there is any left. Thanks for the inspiration and as for the marriage, laugh and roll with it, that’s what I do.
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This is the perfect cake to make for my fat free, cholesterol free, food police of a mom’s birthday. She will love it! She has only ever had the store bought Angel Food cakes. I love to bake from scratch, so this will be a wonderful surprise for her. Since she has a May birthday, strawberries should be abundant. I won’t tell her what I am going to do with those naughty yolks (lol) Custard, icecream, all of those desserts that send her into a lecture on the C word.
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Hi! This looks gorgeous and perfect!!!
I was wondering if you can use this recipe and make it into a sheet cake instead? I was planning to make a cake for my boyfriend’s birthday and since he’s not a big fan of cakes, something as light as this would be lovely. Also, you mentioned fine sugar in your recipe, does this mean confectioner’s sugar or would ordinary granulated sugar do?
Hi Trish! I have not tested this as a sheet cake, only as a bundt cake. If you do try it as a sheet cake, I can not guarantee the result – so I would say try it as a bundt cake just to be on the safe side.
And super fine sugar is granular white sugar, it’s just a smaller grain – not confectioners sugar. You can typically find it right next to the sugar and it’s in a carton instead of a bag. I hope that helps! Good luck!
I made this for a tea party today and it was so delicious. The smell alone is enough to melt. Thank you!
Mine is in the oven. Didn’t have cake flour, but after the food processor will it matter? will let you know!
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Looks great–worth noting that frozen egg whites will not result in a cake that is as tall as you might expect. You need fresh egg whites for best height. That said, I’ve made angel cake with frozen whites and while somewhat shorter in stature, it still tastes great. The roasted strawberries look amazing!
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