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FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | INSTAGRAM | TWITTERIf I had to pick a favourite dessert of all time and cheesecake was off the table, Angel Food Cake would be a sure winner. It’s fluffy, tender, and has the perfect sweet flavour to go with all those fresh berries we’re enjoying this time of year! If I’m honest, I avoided making it from scratch for YEARS, only because I’d heard horror stories about how difficult it can be to get a homemade Angel Food Cake just right with the perfect amount of height, and with boxed mixes so readily available I took the easy way out. Since moving to Europe a few years ago where cake mixes are non-existent, I’ve had to perfect my homemade Angel Food Cake recipe and I’m happy to say I was totally wrong – homemade Angel Food Cake can be SO easy to make and my no-fail recipe is truly amazing. With a few simple tips and tricks, a No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake is an easy summer dessert to add to your baking repertoire! Throw away that boxed Angel Food Cake mix and try these simple tips to make sure your homemade Angel Food Cake turns out perfectly, just like mine!
- DON’T GREASE your pan! Use a 10-inch fluted aluminum tube pan (also known as an Angel Food Cake pan) and pour that batter right into it – no greasing required! Greasing the pan would prevent the cake from rising up in the oven as the batter would have nothing to cling onto as it bakes. And don’t worry, removing the cake is easy with a thin knife or offset spatula.
- WHIP those egg whites! This recipe calls for 12 egg whites!! Whip them up to peaks as stiff as you can get, and don’t forget the cream of tartar. It lends stability to the egg whites. My favourite Kitchen Aid Mixer does a fabulous job of this – check it out HERE (affiliate link)!
- SIFT your dry ingredients twice or three times! You want anything you add to the whipped egg whites to be as light as possible to keep the volume of the batter. No clumps here!
- FOLD with a whisk! Using a whisk to fold the dry ingredients into the whipped egg whites will help the mixture keep its volume. Don’t forget to be VERY gentle and add the dry ingredients in 3-5 additions to ensure maximum volume!!
- Cool it upside-down with lots of air flow! This ensures the cake keeps its height and doesn’t fall as it cools!
- SLICE with a serrated knife! When it comes time to serve, cut the cake with your favourite serrated or bread knife. This will cut through the cake with little effort, keeping as much height as possible.
Since I stopped using boxed cake mixes for my Angel Food Cakes, this No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake recipe has become one of my favourite go-to recipes! It is absolutely stellar, and it’s far tastier and prettier than anything I’ve ever whipped up from a box. And if I’m honest, it’s not really that much more difficult to make! If you need a great Angel Food Cake pan for this recipe and you don’t have one, you can find my favourite one HERE (affiliate link). It’s basic, works fantastically every time, it’s easy to clean, and it won’t break the bank!
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No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake
This No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake is the best homemade angel food cake recipe that's tender and fluffy, and easy to make with my pro tips!
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, minus 2 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 12 egg whites, at room temperature
- 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- a pinch of sea salt
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- berries or your favourite fruit sauce, and whipped cream for serving
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Measure the flour, cornstarch and 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar very carefully into a large bowl. Whisk together with a wire whisk.
- Sift the flour mixture into another large bowl using a fine sieve or flour sifter. Sift the flour mixture back into the first bowl and then again into the second bowl (so, you're sifting the mixture 3 times). Set aside.
- Add the egg whites to a large mixing bowl, or to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
- Whip on medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt.
- Continue whipping on high speed until soft peaks form.
- While continuing to whip on medium-high speed, add the 3/4 cup powdered sugar slowly - about 2 tablespoons at a time - until it's fully incorporated.
- Increase the speed to high and whip until hard peaks form, adding the vanilla as it whips.
- Using a wire whisk, fold the flour mixture into the whipped egg whites about 1/4 cup at a time, making sure to fold very gently and slowly, so as not to deflate the egg whites. This is a critical step, so take care and take your time.
- Pour the batter slowly into an un-greased 10-inch Angel Food Cake or Tube Pan and smooth out the top carefully.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and the cake springs back when you touch it gently.
- Invert the cake to cool (turn it upside down) on a glass to promote air flow. Cooling the cake upside down with lots of airflow will ensure that it doesn't fall as it cools and that it maintains its grand height.
- Let the cake cool completely to room temperature (I let it cool for at least an hour) before slicing and serving with fresh berries (or your favourite fruit sauce) and whipped cream.
Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
This looks amazing and I want give it a go! However, not too sure if you leave the cake in the pan when you invert it or take the pan off? As in, do you invert it pretty much straight out of the oven (or do you leave it to cool a while)?
Thanks! Yes, you leave the cake in the pan to cool completely and remove it from the pan only once it’s completely cool. Also, be sure to invert it straight out of the oven so it doesn’t fall! Good luck!
If the pan is upside down on “a glass” will there essentially be no airflow? Or do we just require airflow around/onto the pan as it cools? Also, we should place the pan onto “a glass” what?
Place a drinking glass upside down on the counter and then turn the cake pan upside down, placing the middle of the pan onto the top of the glass. This will elevate the cake above the counter to the height of the glass, creating lots of airflow 🙂
I use an empty beer bottle, the neck of ilt is perfect for the tube part of the cake.
That’s very creative!
What do you usually do with the leftover egg yolks. I don’t want them to be wasted
I almost always make my homemade vanilla pastry cream with the leftover yolks! You can find it HERE.
Old Fashioned Homemade Egg Noodles! We make and sell them at the local Farmers Market! Saving the whites for angel food cakes. The noodles take egg yolks and flour. I add salt and maybe 2 whites to 12 yolks as they roll out easier and hold together moister.
I just made this and I followed the instructions as I was making it and realized the salt wasn’t put in in the directions so I was just wondering when you put the salt in ?
The salt goes in with the cream of tartar. 🙂
Hi, This recipe looks amazing. I wonder however is it possible to bake it in a loaf pan? I have a loaf pan that would accomodate half the batter volume. Would you know how the bake time should be modified?
I wouldn’t recommend this – Angel Food Cake pans are specifically made to help the batter crawl up the sides of the pan when baking and the hole in the middle promotes even baking. I doubt it would turn out well in a loaf pan, unfortunately.
I understand. Thank you for your response. 🙂
Just baked it, turned out great. Why would you even comment if you haven’t tried it?
I can’t comment definitively on things that I haven’t tried myself because I want my readers to know that all the information in our recipes is tested and true. However,from my experience, since most people have non stick loaf pans in their home kitchens, using a loaf pan like this would prevent the Angel food cake from rising properly as it needs to stick to the sides of the pan as it rises. If you have a plain aluminum loaf pan, than feel free to give it a try.
They do make a angel food loaf pan. I have one and it works just fine. You can buy angel food cake in stores that are made in loaf pans.
We’ve never tried it so we couldn’t make any recommendations but if you try, please let us know how it turns out!
My cake turned out much tougher than I had anticipated. I’m thinking that maybe I left it to whisk for too long? Or I made a mistake when incorporating the sifted flour mixture? I also baked it in a 9” pan without the hole in the middle. Do you think that made a difference?
My guess is both the pan with no hole, and probably incorporating the flour mixture too roughly. If you don’t fold it in gently it deflates the batter making the cake quite tough. You can’t really over-whisk egg whites, so it’s also possible you didn’t whisk them long enough, or perhaps they were too cold (this also prevents them from taking on enough air). Hope you give it another try!
Also, would you recommend using cake flour instead? We are living in Asia, and I don’t know if the flour is any different than it is back home. Thanks!
Any 000 all purpose flour should work. Be sure the all purpose flour you buy is 000 and you should be fine. 🙂
For an added treat, you can fold in some grated chocolate with the flour. My Mum used to do this, tastes awesome.
That’s a great idea! Thanks!! 🙂
Would this work for making cupcakes?
I’ve never tried this, so I can’t comment on how this will work unfortunately.
I made this in a normal springform pan and it cake out pretty well. I also cut it in half then put lemon curd in the middle.
I’m wondering if I can reduce the sugar that goes with flour by half? Would it still turn out?
I have never tried this reduction of sugar myself so I couldn’t tell you, if you do try, please let us know! However please keep in mind that for best results we always advise our readers to stick to the recipes. Happy baking ☺️
Do you mean powdered sugar as in icing sugar or castor sugar? Have you also experimented making this recipe using almond extract or lemon juice and rind instead of vanilla extract, did you find vanilla extract better. Have you used the Mondo angel cake tin, do you know if this one’s ok? It’s the only one available in our baking store here?
Yes, powdered sugar is fine sugar – castor sugar should be fine. And feel free to use lemon zest or almond extract instead of vanilla. 🙂
Can I bake this in a springform pan without hole?
No, I’m sorry. The Angel Food Cake pan is essential to even baking.
This recipe sounds awesome. I would love to give it a try, do you know if it requires any adjustments for high altitude (I’m about 3,500 feet here)?
Unfortunately I can’t comment on that since I’ve never made this recipe at high altitude, but whatever baking adjustments you normally make would likely work here too. Adding a bit of flour and reducing the sugar a bit might help!
What size of cake tin did you use ?
It’s a standard angel food cake pan (9 inches).
Can I substitute dry powdered egg whites?
I wouldn’t recommend this.
Made 2 at once for company. This was my first time making angel food cake from scratch. They turned out wonderful! And I didn’t sift my ingredients because I don’t own a sifter. Thanks for a great recipe.
So happy to hear it turned out so well!! Thanks for the comment!😊
I made this yesterday for my daughter’s birthday, it looks and tastes great but it wasn’t airy enough . Does the humidity and temperature play part do you think ?
Yes, this can definitely affect it. It could also be that perhaps you didn’t whip the egg whites quite enough before adding the other ingredients.
Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.
You’re welcome! Thank you for your feedback!🙂
Mine came out dense and didn’t raise. What do you think we t wrong? I followed the recipe step by step. Could it be an issue with one of the ingredients?
It’s possible that when adding the dry ingredients the egg whites deflated. Be sure to fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites very gently so as not to deflate them.
Can I make this in a bundt pan?
I would not recommend it as you will probably have an impossible time taking it out of the pan.
I’m still not sure if the recipe calls for “icing sugar” or just granulated white sugar? Not familiar with “castor sugar”
Hi Lorraine, the recipe calls for: 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar.🙂
I don’t mean to offend anybody, but I’ve made tons of angel food cakes and some were really tough, or rose really high and fell, and some were pure perfection and melt in ur mouth but I never knew what I did different from one to the next. Till somebody told me lately that there is such a thing as over beating ur egg whites. Overbeating ur eggs is what causes a tough cake. So ever since, I beat my eggs till a soft peak forms and stop. my cakes are now melt in ur mouth. I’ve never seen the like. Try it. 😊 Again, sorry if I offended anybody.
Thanks Lill, our recipe is our “always perfect” way of making angel food cake that has never failed us but every baker has their own.
Can the cornstarch and cream of tartar be substituted with baking powder (like Magic Baking Powder)?
First time I have ever made Angel Food Cake and it was a success. I followed the directions to a T and it worked! Great flavor and texture. Thanks!
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Hi I made this and it looks lovely rosé beautifully however it took much longer to cook I left it a good 15 minutes past the 40 minute mark and it is still quite pale, not sure what I did wrong…
Are you using convection/fan or not? Is your oven running true to setting? We suggest you use an oven thermometer to check if your oven heats up to temperature. Hope this helps ☺️
I made this angel food cake but substituted it with GF King Arthur flour – IT WORKED PERFECTLY! The first time I made angel food cake was a failure. It collapsed and was even a little raw. This recipe worked wonderfully! I baked for the full 40 minutes because I was afraid to underbake it again! Not to mention how easy it was. This took 1/2 of an hour to whip up. I will 100% recommend it to my baking friends. Thank you so much for this recipe. 🙂
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