This No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake is the BEST homemade angel food cake recipe that’s tender, fluffy, and easy to make with my pro tips! It’s WAY better than a box mix!

If 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.

  • 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


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Measure the flour, cornstarch and 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar very carefully into a large bowl. Whisk together with a wire whisk.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the egg whites to a large mixing bowl, or to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  5. Whip on medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar.
  6. Continue whipping on high speed until soft peaks form.
  7. 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.
  8. Increase the speed to high and whip until hard peaks form, adding the vanilla as it whips.
  9. 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.
  10. Pour the batter slowly into an un-greased 10-inch Angel Food Cake or Tube Pan and smooth out the top carefully.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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