This Homemade Angel Food Cake is an easy-to-make classic, summer dessert that is cut into 2 layers and topped with cool whip and fresh berries! It's light and fluffy in texture and tastes incredibly delicious!
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Is it Easy to Make Angel Food Cake?
Yes, I promise it is!
You'll need either a hand mixer or a stand mixer to make this homemade angel food cake with berries recipe. Other baking tools needed are mixing bowls, offset angled spatula, and a 10-inch tube pan.
Getting the egg whites to the correct stiff peaks consistency is really the only tricky part of this recipe. If you can keep your mixing bowl and whisk very clean (see tip below for this) and your egg whites free of any yolks, you'll be good! To fold in your whisked dry ingredients, please use a spatula.
The other very minor part of this angel food cake recipe is the cake needs to cool upside down. I know it sounds weird, but it works! And the cake doesn't fall out of the pan, I promise.
Grab Your Ingredients
To make this homemade angel food cake recipe, you'll need:
- Granulated Sugar
- Cake Flour. Do not use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
- Large Egg Whites. This is approximately 11 large eggs.
- Cream of Tartar. This helps to give the egg whites some stability as it forms stiff peaks.
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Extract. I love the flavor this adds to the angel food cake!
- Cool Whip. To have this spread easily onto the cake, make sure it's thawed.
- Berries. You can use raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or whatever combination of berries you prefer!
Helpful Angel Food Cake Baking Tips
- Do not grease your tube pan!
- Before beating your egg whites, the mixing bowl and whisk need to be super clean. Any leftover grease or residue can totally derail this part of the recipe!
- You can give your mixing bowl and whisk a little bit of extra cleaning love by running a paper towel with some distilled white vinegar on it.
- A good test to see if your homemade angel food cake is done is by gently pressing your finger or the backside of a spoon into the top. If it immediately springs back, it's done.
- Cool your angel food cake upside down to room temperature.
- If your tube pan doesn't have legs, you can place 2 cans of equal height underneath to cool it upside down.
- Use a serrated knife to cut the angel food cake into 2 layers. It will cut much easier this way!
- Adding the cool whip and berries is an optional step. If added, the angel food cake should be cooled first.
Recommended Baking Tools
No. Do not grease your tube pan when making angel food cake! This will prevent the cake from sticking to the sides and rising as it bakes.
To check if your cake is done, gently press your finger into the top of it. If it springs back, you can remove it from the oven. Don't forget to cool it upside down on its legs or 2 cans of equal height.
Cooling an angel food cake upside down (or inverted) allows the cake to keep its volume.
If your tube pan does not have feet (like my Wilton tube pan), you can choose to use two cans that are the same height.
Homemade Angel Food CakeAuthor:
- 1 ¼ cups Cake Flour
- 1 ¾ cups Granulated Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 ½ cups Large Egg Whites (from 11 eggs)
- 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Almond Extract
- 8 oz Cool Whip (thawed, optional)
- Raspberries Strawberries, and Blueberries (optional)
- Adjust the oven rack to 2nd level position (just above center) and preheat your oven to 350ºF.
- Whisk together the cake flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Set aside.1 ¼ cups Cake Flour, 1 ¾ cups Granulated Sugar, ¼ teaspoon Salt
- Using your hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until they are very frothy and can form soft peaks (see notes).1 ½ cups Large Egg Whites (from 11 eggs)
- Add in the cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar, ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract, ½ teaspoon Almond Extract
- With a spatula, gently fold in the whisked dry ingredients with the beaten egg whites. Do not use your mixer for this part.
- Place the batter into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan, then bake for 45 minutes at 350ºF or until top is a nice golden brown (see notes).
- After the cake is done, cool it upside down using the legs on your tube pan (if your tube pan has these) or on top of two equally sized cans.
- After it's cooled completely, take a knife and gently run it along the edges before removing it from the pan.
- Using a serrated knife, cut the cake in half, length-wise, creating 2 layers. You can also choose to not cut it at all!
- Add a layer of cool whip, then a layer of berries. Place the next layer on top and repeat.8 oz Cool Whip, Raspberries Strawberries, and Blueberries
- Serve and enjoy!