This Homemade Angel Food Cake with Berries 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!
Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you're all having a fabulous day attending picnics, eating great food, and indulging in some dessert! That really is the best part after all, am I right? And speaking of desserts, if you're looking for the perfect summer treat, I have found you the BEST ONE — my Homemade Angel Food Cake with Berries!
is it easy to make angel food cake?
Yes, I promise it is!
Getting the egg whites to the correct stiff peaks consistency is really the only tricky part to 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 to this recipe is cooling it upside down. You read that correctly! Upside down.
I know it sounds weird, but it works! And the cake doesn't fall out of the pan!
how will I know my angel food cake is ready to come out of the oven?
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!
what ingredients will I need?
To make this homemade angel food cake, you'll need:
- Granulated Sugar
- Cake Flour
- Large Egg Whites - this is approximately from 10 large eggs)
- Cream of Tartar
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Extract - 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.
- Raspberries, Strawberries, and Blueberries - or whatever combination of berries you prefer!
why do you cool an angel food cake upside down?
Cooling an angel food cake upside down (or inverted) allows the cake to keep its volume.
what do I do if my tube pan doesn't have feet?
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. I used 2 cans of sauerkraut to support the tube pan.
angel food cake baking tips
- The suggested recipe baking times noted do not include cooling.
- 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 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 adding, the angel food cake should be cooled first.
- Add the cool whip and berries if you're taking this to a party.
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Homemade Angel Food Cake with BerriesAuthor:
- 1 ¼ cups Cake Flour
- 1 ¾ cups Granulated Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 ½ cups Large Egg Whites
- 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Almond Extract
- 16 oz Cool Whip (2 containers thawed), optional
- Raspberries Strawberries, and Blueberries , optional
- Adjust the oven rack to 2nd level position (ust above center) and preheat your oven to 350ºF.
- Whisk together the cake flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Set aside.
- 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).
- Add in the cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
- 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 cake in half, length-wise. You can create 2 layers or 3 layers. For mine, I chose to only create 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.
- Serve and enjoy!