Angel Food Cake With Lemon Icing

Angel food cakeis a type of foam cake whereas the devil's food cake is a type of butter cake.Angel food cake requires that the egg whites be whipped until they are stiff, and gently folded into the other ingredients. After baking, the cake pan is inverted while cooling to prevent the cake from falling in on itself. Angel food cake is sometimes frosted but more often has some sort of sauce, such as a sweet fruit sauce, drizzled over it.

Angel Food CakeLemon Icing
  • 9 large Egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 330 g Sugar (I use only 200 grams)
  • 115 g Cake flour, sifted
    1 cup Confectioners sugar, sifted 2-3 tbsp Fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp Finely grated lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 160C/325F. Beat egg whites until frothy, add salt, lemon juice and extracts. Add sugar a little at a time; continue beating until whites are glossy and stiff.
  2. Using the rubber spatula, gradually fold in the flour, 1/3 at a time, until flour is incorporated. Be sure that you use a true folding motion, gently turning the spatula from the bottom of the bowl to the top, folding in air with each stroke as opposed to beating or stirring.
  3. Pour batter into an ungreased, 26cm tube pan. Bake one hour or until top is golden brown. As soon as the cake is done, turn the tin upside down and suspendd its funnel over the neck of a bottle. Let cook, about 1 hour.
  4. While cake is cooling prepare the icing. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Let stand ten minutes before glazing the cake as it thickens a little.

Angel Food Cake With Lemon Icing


MaryMoh 25/4/10 12:08

This looks like a chiffon cake. I love the lemon smell and all the lemon taste. I think I can eat half the cake :P

History of Greek Food 25/4/10 12:40

I like the ethereal fluffiness of angel cakes... and the lemon flavor, as well.

Parita 25/4/10 12:49

Wow!! Cake looks so soft and spongy!

Madhura Manoj 25/4/10 13:23

Hmm looks so soft & inviting.Wonderful Clicks.

Belinda @zomppa 25/4/10 13:50

Angie - that angel cake looks sooooo spongy...I'm resisting the urge to want to squish it...or bounce on it. Gorgeousness!

Priya 25/4/10 13:58

Such a gorgeous and fabulous cake, looks soft and yumm!!

My Little Space 25/4/10 14:03 Looks delicious! Not you, Angie...It's your cake! hehe....
Have a great weekend!
Cheers, Kristy

Happy Cook 25/4/10 15:15

Wowo the cake looks so so soft. I have nevr emada a cake likethis. Just superbe looking.

Peanutts 25/4/10 15:20

I wish my cakes would turn up nice and fluffy like yours , looks so nice and fluffy

Pete 25/4/10 15:32

Wow, lemon icing! I would love to have a slice with some of the bright red cherries! Nice

Jo 25/4/10 15:44

It looks gorgeous ... so soft and fluffy! I think I can eat half of this. The simple topping of cherries make an ordinary angel food cake look really extraordinary.

TasteHongKong 25/4/10 16:02

One more in my bookmark, thanks : ).

Lazaro Cooks! 25/4/10 16:23

Fantastic cake. Looks quite moist and dreamy. Love the lemon icing and the fruit topping. Great job! Cheers!

Fimère 25/4/10 17:12

la texture de ce gâteau est sublime, elle est légère et aérée on dirait de la mousseline, j'adore
bonne journée

Cheah 25/4/10 17:14

Gosh, Angie, your cake is sooo beautiful! The texture looks so spongy and soft. Well done!

Biren 25/4/10 17:15

What a lovely cake! The texure looks so fine. Must be delicious!

roxan @ kitchen meditation 25/4/10 17:42

MMM, looks so light and delicious.

Chef E 25/4/10 17:51

Hey why is there a bottle in the middle? :)

My sister and I used to take our mom's angel food cake and put cherry icing on it, gosh what I would give for a piece of that right now!

[Reply] 25/4/10 19:30

This cake looks so moist, soft and spongy .I am sure it will melt in the mouth.Nicely captured on camera too.

sangeeta 25/4/10 20:04

So soft and light......the lemon frosting must have been a heaven.
pictures look terrific.

Kitchen Butterfly 25/4/10 21:17

I love the fluffy look of this cake and the frosting.........superb Angie

Catherine 25/4/10 21:53

Hi Angie! I have an award for you over at Living the Gourmet!
The angel food cake looks superb by the way!

Ho Ho Ho 26/4/10 00:44

wow..looks soft and spongy... I like.. :)

Elizabeth and Jared 26/4/10 01:21

This looks so soft and fluffy. Not a crumb out of place. It must have melted in the mouth! Love the piles of cherries on top too!

Passionate About Baking 26/4/10 02:32

Wow Angie, this looks really good! I have a similar pan to this that you use. That gives me an idea that I can use this pan for angel cakes. Thanks for sharing! I would really love to have this cake. Yummy!

Cinnamon-Girl 26/4/10 03:11

What a beautiful sight Angie! The lemon icing is perfect for it! I bet it's heavenly tasting.

3 hungry tummies 26/4/10 03:16

How refreshing! I would love that when my friends arrive for tea today!

♥peachkins♥ 26/4/10 04:12

beautiful angel food cake. I bet the lemon icing taste great too.....and with those cherries on top..Oh I will have such a great day with this cake

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shriya 26/4/10 04:46

Lovely cake. Looks so perfect and soft. Very different icing and I love it. Must try recipe.

Sarah 26/4/10 04:58

My favorite combination, lemon and chiffon cake! The cherries on top are gorgeous.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... 26/4/10 06:10

I have always worried about angel food cake, due to the dryness w/o the yolks, oil and additional liquid. Might try this one day.

sweetlife 26/4/10 06:29

the first pics absoluetly gorgous...what a great look super moist and spongy


theUngourmet 26/4/10 07:16

So gorgeous! I love the cherries on top!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 26/4/10 08:13

Very pretty Angie! You are really a wizard at baking :) The texture looks absolutely perfect!

Devaki 26/4/10 09:38

Wowzah! Angie - I have decided to wear my son's bib before opening your blog. You are a wicked talent in the kitchen and the presentation of those cherries on top is marvelous.

I am looking forward to learning from you.

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Katy ~ 26/4/10 10:45

This angel food cake looks perfect! Oh my, how I would love some right now. I haven't made this kind of cake in ages, but when I see how beautiful and light yours is, I am reminded how much I truly enjoy them. Well done! This is truly beautiful and delicious.

Elin 26/4/10 10:47

Mmmmm I can eat half a ring :)) Thanks for sharing this lemony cake :)

Ivy 26/4/10 12:16

This looks so beautiful. It's like the sponge cake I make but without the egg yolks. I love the lemon frosting, it's one of my favourites.

A Canadian Foodie 26/4/10 14:08

What did you think of the taste? This cake has been our traditional family birthday cake - and my mother has a photo of her grandmother's 50th wedding anniversary where they had made this cake and baked it in a huge massive dishpan with a canning jar in the center - and added flowers into the jar for decoration. Farm folks, obviously - but an amazing tradition to be passed down. My own mother just turned 80 and I have just finished taking videos of her process and stories about this cake - and hope to get it up within the next couple of weeks. Nobody makes this from scratch anymore because they seem to think the cake mix is as good... but, it tastes like cardboard to me. I was thrilled to find that you made this cake, Angie - and would love to hear how you came to make it.
Big hug,

Marina 26/4/10 14:49

Looks so yummy, I am drooling on my keyboard :)

Angie's Recipes 26/4/10 15:43

wow guys, thanks thanks a million!
Valerie: Just sent you a mail. :-) I find the idea of using canning jar centered in the dishpan to bake the bake just awesome!

Tuty @Scentofspice 26/4/10 19:45

What a lovely angel food cake. I love the fact that you don't have to use cream of tartar to stabilize the egg white.

Fearless Kitchen 26/4/10 20:02

I've always had a lot of trouble with angel food cake. It never seems to want to come out of the pan, no matter what I do!

Anonymous 26/4/10 20:17

This angel food cake looks incredible! I love the lemon icing, yum!

Bridgett 26/4/10 21:30

My goodness, this cake is perfect! The photos are wonderful and I just love how perfect it looks. Delicious.

Mary 26/4/10 21:38

This is a really beautiful cake. It looks like it was done by a professional baker. I love the recipe and will give it a try as soon as possible. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Rosa's Yummy Yums 26/4/10 22:10

A delightful angel cake! It looks perfect and so tempting!



Gulmohar 26/4/10 23:47 wonderful with that lemon icing

Christine@Christine's Recipes 26/4/10 23:53

Aw, the lemon icing looks so good on your angle cake. The texture of the cake is very delicate. It's a winner.

Anonymous 27/4/10 01:16

I haven't made angel cake for a long time. I love the fluffiness of your cake! and the lemon icing is to die for!!!

Claudia 27/4/10 02:23

Angie - this is so pretty - it's just perfect. Glistening white with the glaze. I could slowly sink into it and be happily lost in sweetness.

Chow and Chatter 27/4/10 04:28

oh wow love angel food cake light fluffy and with lemon yummy

Fresh Local and Best 27/4/10 04:47

You make such fabulous angel food cakes! I love the picture with the cheeries topped over the cake.

nora@ffr 27/4/10 05:14

love the texture!! :) love the lemon icing ye have used here!! a must try!!

tigerfish 27/4/10 08:32

I did not know angel cake is foam cake vs devil, the butter cake :D
Really good to know. Thanks.

M D 27/4/10 15:06

That looks so so PERFECT! It's beautiful! And that Lemon-y icing would surely make someone come on their knees!

Nostalgia 27/4/10 19:23

Awesome! You are an expert.

Ann 27/4/10 19:37

Im super hugry after looking this post... soo delicious and very inviting cake.

Nadji 27/4/10 22:44

J'ai vu ce gâteau plusieurs fois mais je ne l'ai pas encore testé car il me semble qu'il faut un moule de grande dimension. Quelle est la dimension du tien?
Très réussi. bravo!!!

Michelle 27/4/10 23:36

Angel Food Cake with Cherries is just so perfect for spring!

The Duo Dishes 28/4/10 00:25

So light and airy! That cake is perfect.

Bo 28/4/10 00:55

This cake looks wonderful!

Anonymous 28/4/10 02:55

My husband loves angel food cake but I've never made it. Thanks for the recipe. I will try soon and let you know!


Angie 28/4/10 04:12

I love your beautiful light and fluffy angel food cake, so nice.

Pavithra 28/4/10 05:10

Oh my god angie that looks gorgeous .. they look sooooooooo professional.. I am bookmarking this ...Wish I am ur neighbour to have this cool stuff of urs.

carmenpiva 28/4/10 08:33

I've seen the Angel cake so many times, but I've never tried. Yours looks so tempting... as usual!
(Invidentally, the latest recipe in my blog is steamed cod in a typical Spanish sauce)

petite nyonya 28/4/10 08:49

It looks so soft, spongy and light! Basically, it looks perfect!!

elra 28/4/10 17:03

I never made Angel Food cake, sounds pretty complicated to me. Maybe one day. Yours look so perfect, like a beautiful cloud in the sky.

Maria 28/4/10 21:05

That is a gorgeous cake! Lovely flavors as well.

tasteofbeirut 29/4/10 02:23

Very lovely cake and the lemon icing gives it that tanginess that balances the sweetness of the cake.

Tebonin 29/4/10 08:43

Woooo Hooo...such a fresh looking cake...beautiful...

Tangled Noodle 1/5/10 03:51

This is the kind of wonderful dessert that I can enjoy without feeling terribly guilty! It's light, sweet and undoubtedly delicious. 8-)

Cynthia 2/5/10 01:38

oh, oh, oh! I want a large slice of this please!

Sook 2/5/10 01:59

Oh wow, the cake looks so beautiful with the cherries and lemon icing. I can almost taste it.. Yum!

Liana10 4/5/10 03:06

It's like a snow this cake...

Erica 4/5/10 22:01

I miss a lot of your recipes!!! wow!!!This is a beautiful and delicious cake as usual!

Diana's Cocina 6/5/10 01:43

What a perfect cake! It's calling my name!!!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 6/5/10 04:07

I'm still a bit scared when beating egg whites, so I haven't tried angel food. Yours is fantastic and the lemon icing sounds like a perfect pairing with the cake :).


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