Angel Food Cake

100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!

100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!
Ladies, you do feel like your husbands have the best ideas sometimes?

We’re giving all the credit to Ryan for this one.

100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!
When I’m really stuck in a recipe inspiration rut, I’ll ask Ryan for ideas. In the beginning when I started doing this with him it went like this..

Beth: What should I make?
Ryan: Flan. or creme brûlée.
Beth: Those are too complicated.
Ryan: How about a torte?
Beth: *arg*
Ryan: Don’t ask me for any ideas because you don’t like mine!

I’ve gotten better. I now write down all of his ideas and really try not to shoot anything down during the “brainstorming phase.” But I also preface our brainstorming sessions with something like “it can’t be too complicated and kids need to like it”.

100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!
So a few weeks ago he was helping me brainstorm again, and he said angel food cake in between a whole bunch of other ideas and I wrote it off in my mind because I was like that’s sounds too hard.

BUT one day when I was flipping back through the ideas, it sounded good and I decided I was up for the challenge. So kudos to Ryan who encouraged me to learn how to make homemade angel food cake!

I also wanted to be able to make the angel food cake gluten free when needed, so I decided not to use cake flour and use all purpose flour instead, that way I can sub gluten free all purpose flour when making it gluten free.

100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!
Using all purpose flour instead of cake flour does add a few extra steps, but I never have cake flour on hand (I don’t think I’ve EVER bought it) – so I didn’t want to create a recipe that called for it. So if you’re like me and never have cake flour AND/OR are wanting to make this gluten free, this recipe is for you!

A few recipe notes:

-Follow the directions and sift the flour and corn starch together FIVE times. In this step you’re really making you own cake flour, so everything needs to be incorporated and light as a cloud.

-Don’t skip the almond extract! It really gives the angel food cake it’s classic flavor.

-I’ve made this recipe with all purpose flour and with pillsbury’s gluten free all purpose flour (comes in the bright green bag). Both versions are AMAZING.

-Remember, do NOT spray your angel food cake pan. The batter needs to be able to travel up the sides of the pan.

-Once the cake is done baking, invert the pan. I like to stick the center of my angel food cake pan on a mug while it’s inverted. Cool the cake for 1.5-2.5 hours, then use a spatula to help remove the cake from the pan.

100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!

For a step-by-step of how to make this angel food cake recipe, watch this short video:

Angel Food Cake

Yield: one 10 inch angel food cake

Total Time: 1 hour

100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Empty 1 cup of all purpose flour into a medium bowl. Remove 2 tbsp of flour and return to the flour bag. Add 2 tbsp of corn starch to the flour. Sift 5 times. In this step you’re really making you own cake flour, so everything needs to be incorporated and light as a cloud.
  2. After the flour and corn starch is well sifted, add the sugar and salt to the flour mixture. Sift 2 more times. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla extract and almond extract. Beat on medium speed for 5-7 minutes, until stiff peaks form. The egg whites should create peaks once the beaters are removed.
  4. Using a spatula, gently fold the dry ingredient mixture into the egg whites, adding the dry mixture in batches.
  5. Pour the batter into an un-greased angel food cake pan. Bake for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and the top begins to crack. Once the cake is done baking, invert the pan. I like to stick the center of my angel food cake pan on a mug while it’s inverted. Cool the cake for 1.5-2.5 hours, then use a spatula to help remove the cake from the pan. Serve and enjoy!
I have used Pillsbury's all purpose gluten free flour in place of the all purpose flour with great results.
100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!
100% homemade angel food cake! This is the recipe that everyone will ask you for! This recipe shows you how to use all purpose flour instead of cake flour, and you can easily make it gluten free!
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12 comments

  1. Such a perfectly moist cake!

  2. I love Angel Food Cake!! Looks fantastic!!

  3. Can you use a bundt tin instead of an Angel food cake tin

    • Hi Anna! I’m not sure – has anyone had any experience using a bundt pan instead of an angel food cake pan?

    • i plan to try using a bundt pan tonight or tomorrow. i will let you know how it turns out. only differences i can see happening would be: cook time and total height. a bundt pan seems to be a little larger so i dont think it will rise as tall and because its spread out more… it should cook faster. we shall see!!!!

  4. How did you get such perfect slices?  Yours are not squished at all!

  5. Beth, I have some cake flour I want to use up. Can you tell me the adjustment for that flour? Is cake flour lighter?   * As far as the bundt pan vs the angel food. pan. My mom always said the angel food pan helps you ease it out so it stays light and tall. Blessings on your move!

  6. What do you do with all the egg yolks?

  7. I just made the recipe with a bundt cake pan. I did not grease it, and it stuck. I’m sure I can mend it with icing but will be greasing the pan next time. It looks and smells delicious, aside from that.

  8. I used my bundt pan and it turned out perfect. I am at my mothers house and using her angel food cake pan and it’s not turning out the same :(. This recipe is soooooo good!

  9. Mine stuck too in the bundt pan but it wasn’t too difficult to coax it out. I let it cool overnight, then took a small skinny spatula and loosened around the outside and inside. It left a few scrape marks up the side but… it just looks rustic 😉 It smells amazing, it’s nice and fluffy… and it’ll be pairs with strawberry whipped cream from your recipe library.

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