No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake

This No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake is the BEST homemade angel food cake recipe that’s tender, fluffy, and easy to make with my pro tips! It’s WAY better than a box mix! 

DON’T GREASE your pan! Use a 10-inch fluted aluminum tube pan (also known as an Angel Food Cake pan) and pour that batter right into it – no greasing required! Greasing the pan would prevent the cake from rising up in the oven as the batter would have nothing to cling onto as it bakes. And don’t worry, removing the cake is easy with a thin knife or offset spatula.

WHIP those egg whites! This recipe calls for 12 egg whites!! Whip them up to peaks as stiff as you can get, and don’t forget the cream of tartar. It lends stability to the egg whites.

No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake. This No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake is the best homemade angel food cake recipe that's tender and fluffy, and easy to make with my pro tips! 

Course Baking, Dessert

Cuisine American, British, Cake, Dairy-free, Dessert, Spring, Summer
Keyword Best Ever Angel Food Cake, Easy Angel Food Cake, No Fail Homemade Angel Food Cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 slices


1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, minus 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
12 egg whites, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
a pinch of sea salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
berries or your favourite fruit sauce, and whipped cream for serving


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Measure the flour, cornstarch and 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar very carefully into a large bowl. Whisk together with a wire whisk.
  • Sift the flour mixture into another large bowl using a fine sieve or flour sifter. Sift the flour mixture back into the first bowl and then again into the second bowl (so, you're sifting the mixture 3 times). Set aside.
  • Add the egg whites to a large mixing bowl, or to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  • Whip on medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar.
  • Continue whipping on high speed until soft peaks form.
  • While continuing to whip on medium-high speed, add the 3/4 cup powdered sugar slowly - about 2 tablespoons at a time - until it's fully incorporated.
  • Increase the speed to high and whip until hard peaks form, adding the vanilla as it whips.
  • Using a wire whisk, fold the flour mixture into the whipped egg whites about 1/4 cup at a time, making sure to fold very gently and slowly, so as not to deflate the egg whites. This is a critical step, so take care and take your time.
  • Pour the batter slowly into an un-greased 10-inch Angel Food Cake or Tube Pan and smooth out the top carefully.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and the cake springs back when you touch it gently.
  • Invert the cake to cool (turn it upside down) on a glass to promote air flow. Cooling the cake upside down with lots of airflow will ensure that it doesn't fall as it cools and that it maintains its grand height.
  • Let the cake cool completely to room temperature (I let it cool for at least an hour) before slicing and serving with fresh berries (or your favourite fruit sauce) and whipped cream. 

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