Best Angel Food Cake Recipe
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Best Angel Food Cake Recipe

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For our daughter's wedding, a friend made this lovely, airy cake from a recipe she's used for decades. Serve slices plain or dress them up with fresh fruit. —Marilyn Niemeyer, Doon, Iowa
Recommended: 25 Best Summer Cakes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups egg whites (about 9)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 115 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice; set aside.
  2. Place oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat oven to 350°. Add cream of tartar, extracts and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  3. Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake 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: 12-16 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Be sure to use an ungreased (but not a nonstick) tube pan for angel food cakes. This type of batter needs to "climb" the sides of the pan to reach great heights for its light-as-air texture.
  • Inverting the pan while cooling helps prevent the cake from compressing and losing volume. If your pan doesn't have prongs or feet to keep it suspended, suspend it on the neck of a wine bottle.
  • Be patient when adding sugar to egg whites. Going slowly allows a beautiful foam to build. Adding too much sugar at one time can deflate the air you've worked so hard to incorporate.
  • For added style and flavor, stir in the seeds of a vanilla bean or a bit of vanilla bean paste.
  • Originally published as Angel Food Cake in Down the Aisle Country-Style 2000, p52

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    s_pants User ID: 174050 267632
    Reviewed Jun. 4, 2017

    "Light and airy. Just sweet enough!"

    ebramkamp User ID: 702841 247687
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

    "Yum, yum and YUM!!!! This cake is worth the effort. I didn't change a thing about the recipe but did change the pan. I used two large loaf pans instead of a tube pan. I adjusted the cooking time by reducing it by about 9 minutes and put the pans on their sides when I removed them from the oven to keep the cakes from collapsing on themselves. Scrumptious!"

    cskrn User ID: 7338987 235526
    Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

    "I took this to work for a potluck and my co-workers said it was the BEST angel food cake they had ever had!"

    Luv2ba8k User ID: 8527576 232369
    Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

    "This recipe turned out great and tastes amazing! I took it to a party and it was a hit. This will be my go to angel food cake recipe!"

    forbiddendelight User ID: 5108393 231513
    Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

    "Let me tell you, I do not like Angel Food cake, but after making this one my mind is changed. This is a great tasting cake. I had a wedding cake tasting, and the bride wanted to try an Angel Food cake. She LOVED IT. She wants me to do this cake for her wedding. This is my go to recipe. I give it 10 STARS!!!!!"

    p8nthorselover User ID: 4171928 228149
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

    "Angel food is my favorite cake. I have my own chickens and LOTS of eggs to spare, I am making this in a jelly roll pan. I am going to fill it with whipping cream whipped with cream cheese and topped with fresh rasberries or blueberries! I think it will make a beautiful July 4th roll!"

    ttfn999 User ID: 7587922 228139
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

    "Has anyone at high altitudes tried it? Any adjustments? Will the usual adjustment (more flour) work?"

    Magster58 User ID: 8321239 224205
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

    "I will never buy another angel food cake again, super easy. Most angel food cakes are made considering 8 servings so my approx calculations is 212 calories per serving. I might add just a tab bit more almond extract. I also used unbleached white flour instead of cake flour and had no problems with it."

    KATHUTCHINS User ID: 7524515 36018
    Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

    "Made this cake today and it is very good. Only problem I had was it seemed to get done in about 25 minutes instead of the 35-40 but maybe it is my oven?"

    hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 88563
    Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

    "Excellent Angel Food cake Recipe! My daughter won a grand champion using this recipe at her 4-H Achievement Days. Also a great treat for those who have diabetes in our family."

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