Angel Food Cake Recipe
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Angel Food Cake Recipe

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This angel food cake has a completely different texture than the ones made from a mix. My family enjoys it all year long, either plain or topped with berries and whipped cream. —Lucile H. Proctor, Panguitch, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups egg whites (about 10)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Sweetened whipped cream and mixed fresh berries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 120 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sift confectioners' sugar and flour together twice; set aside.
  2. Add the cream of tartar, extracts and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add granulated sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  3. Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Angel Food Cake in Reminisce July/August 1992, p35

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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"First of all, the first instruction tells you to "Sift confectioners' sugar and flour together twice; set aside." The next instruction says to "Gradually add sugar....Gradually fold in flour mixture." How does one gradually add sugar after you've mixed all your sugar in with the flour already?"

Second of all, an angel food cake made like this has to stick to the sides of the pan, or it would not rise. The egg mixture must cling to and climb the edges of the pan, or it will fall. (Keep in mind, angel food cake does not contain leavening ingredients, just those stiff egg whites." To clean, just soak in boiling hot water for a bit, and the sugar will melt and dissolve off."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Best Angel Food Cake ever. Period!"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"This is almost like the Angel Food Cake that my Great Aunt made. She used a bakers dozen eggs (which is 13 eggs). She also put the tube pan a 425 degree oven while making the batter. She also used cake flour not regular flour. She also sifted the cake flour and powder sugar 3 times together. Once mixed as stated, she put in the batter and baked the cake minutes (no longer no less). Always comes out fantastic. The preheating of the pan take down the baking time."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"Very moist and tender!! Not rubbery like box mix angel food cakes"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"This was very tasty but it stuck to my pan."

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