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Angel food cake is light and airy and deliciously sweet. The perfect angel food cake recipe is also easier to make than you might think for the perfect sponge cake, every time. 

Angel Food Cake on a cutting board with berries around it.

Can you make angel food cake in a regular pan?

Angel food cake is traditionally made in a tube pan, but can be made in other pan shapes as well. To make an angel food cake loaf, use a loaf pan, but only fill the pan 2/3rds of the way full. Also be sure that you leave the pan un-greased. You will still need to cool the cake upside down so find something that will allow you to rest the edges of the pan on to keep the pan upside down.

How do you bake angel food cake in a 9×13 pan?

To bake an angel food cake in a 9×13 pan, be sure to leave the pan completely un-greased. Fill the pan 2/3rds of the way full and bake for about 40 minutes until the crust appears dry and cracked on top. Cool the cake upside down by resting the 4 corners of the pan on something of equal heights.

What is the difference between a sponge cake and angel food cake?

Angel food cake is a type of sponge cake that uses egg whites only. The combination of egg whites and sugar make for a chewy, sponge-like cake. Other types of sponge cake include Genoise, Biscuit, and Chiffon.

 Slice of angel food cake on a white plate with strawberry slices and blackberries.

Why does angel food cake rise?

Angel food cake rises because the batter is able to cling to the pan and climb as it bakes. It is important that any pan you use to bake your angel food cake remain un-greased to allow for this climbing to occur. Do not over beat your egg whites which will cause them to deflate. You want to beat your egg whites just until stiff peaks form.

Why do you have to cool angel food cake upside down?

Angel food cake MUST be cooled inverted, or upside down. Otherwise, the cake will collapse on itself. Tube pans can be balanced on bottles or you can rest the edges against something raised (like books or cutting boards of equal heights). It is important that the cake is inverted immediately after removing from the oven and remain inverted until the cake is completely cooled which will take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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Angel Food Cake on a cutting board with berries around it.
Angel food cake is light and airy and deliciously sweet. The perfect angel food cake recipe is also easier to make than you might think for the perfect sponge cake, every time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Ingredients
  • 3 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 12 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Instructions
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with salt, and cake flour. Set aside.
  • In another large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together egg whites, vanilla extract, almond extract, and cream of tartar. Whip for 2 minutes. Slowly add in remaining 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Sprinkle some of the flour mixture on top of the stiff egg peaks and gently fold in. Repeat this process to gradually fold in all of the remaining flour mixture.
  • Scrape into an ungreased tube pan. It is very important that the pan remain ungreased.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and is dry to the touch.
  • Remove pan from oven and immediately invert onto a cooling rack or by placing a bottle in through the center. Let cool in pan 1 1/2 hours. Tap the sides and and bottom and gently remove the cake from the pan.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 71mg | Sugar: 35g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Angel Food Cake
Angel Food Cake on a cutting board with berries around it.
Angel food cake is light and airy and deliciously sweet. The perfect angel food cake recipe is also easier to make than you might think for the perfect sponge cake, every time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Ingredients
  • 3 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 12 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Instructions
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with salt, and cake flour. Set aside.
  • In another large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together egg whites, vanilla extract, almond extract, and cream of tartar. Whip for 2 minutes. Slowly add in remaining 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Sprinkle some of the flour mixture on top of the stiff egg peaks and gently fold in. Repeat this process to gradually fold in all of the remaining flour mixture.
  • Scrape into an ungreased tube pan. It is very important that the pan remain ungreased.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and is dry to the touch.
  • Remove pan from oven and immediately invert onto a cooling rack or by placing a bottle in through the center. Let cool in pan 1 1/2 hours. Tap the sides and and bottom and gently remove the cake from the pan.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 71mg | Sugar: 35g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Angel Food Cake
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