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7 Mistakes Everybody Makes When Baking Angel Food Cake

Avoid these steps if you want a heavenly angel food cake.

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1. Substituting Ingredients

Angel food cake doesn’t require many ingredients. To get the perfect fluffy texture and flavor, you need to follow the exact recipe (try this one). That means no swapping cake flour for whole wheat flour!

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2. Using Cold Eggs

The perfect egg temperature for angel food cake is about 60 degrees. Eggs that are too cold won’t whip as well, so take a dozen eggs out of the refrigerator about an hour before you bake.

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3. Not Whipping the Whites Correctly

Without yeast to act as a leavening agent, an angel food cake relies completely on the egg whites to rise. You want to whip the whites just until they form soft peaks–whipping too much will make the cake chewy and dense. (No good!)

Learn what soft peaks look like with this helpful guide.

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4. Stirring the Batter

When you go to dump the dry ingredients into your egg whites, it’s tempting to start stirring, the same way you would with any other cake batter. But instead, “fold” the flour into the whites, gently turning the mixture over with a rubber spatula.

Here’s the correct way to fold ingredients.

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5. Greasing the Pan

Sounds crazy, but it’s true! In order for the angel food cake to rise properly, it needs to be able to cling to the sides of the pan (we like this Nordic Ware 10-inch Angel Food Cake Pan, $18). If your pan is greased, the batter won’t be able to do that.

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6. Opening the Oven

We’re all guilty of this one. You want to check on the cake so you open the oven door every couple minutes… but those changes in temperature can cause your cake to fall or not cook evenly through. This Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake is worth waiting for, so leave that oven door closed!

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7. Cooling the Cake Right-Side Up

This step is an absolute must. Every angel food cake has to be cooled upside down in the pan. Why? Until the cake is completely cooled, its spongy structure hasn’t set. Flipping it upside down makes sure it doesn’t collapse during that process.

Watch us make the best angel food cake!

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Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.

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