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Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries

Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries – One look at this cake and you can see why it’s called an Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries! #angelfoodcake #strawberry #valentinesday

Some people are cookie people, pie people, or even ice cream people. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things.

But I, my friends, am a CAKE person.

If it’s soft and tender with layers of frosting, I’m all in.

Easy Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries! #angelfoodcake #strawberry #valentinesday

Although there is no frosting on today’s cake, Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries is most definitely a favorite.

So light and pillowy, you might be tempted to cuddle up with it, just as well as eat it. The soft delicate taste and texture lend itself as the perfect platform for sauces and toppings.

But in this Angel Food Cake I wanted the cake flavor itself to shine through, not just the toppings. So I doctored it up with raspberry liqueur and almond flavoring.

Perfect Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries! #angelfoodcake #strawberry #valentinesday

Because the texture is so delicate, people often think that means Angel Food Cakes are tricky to make, but nothing could be further from the truth.

The secret to a perfect Angel Food Cake is to whip the egg whites into firm peaks. Remember talking about that Monday with macaroons? Once you have firm meringue, you simply fold in the cake flour and put the batter in a angel food cake pan.

It’s important to use a flat bottomed pan (not a bundt pan) because angel food cakes go into an ungreased pan to offer stability.  If you have a decorative pan with ridges, you may never get it out.

Simple Angel Food Cake #angelfoodcake #strawberry #valentinesday

But with a tube pan or loaf pan, you simply run a knife around the edges and gently dump it out.

See?

Balsamic Strawberries! #angelfoodcake #strawberry #valentinesday

I topped this angel food cake with tangy-sweet balsamic strawberries. The combination of the perky berries and rich balsamic vinegar is a winner.

The balsamic strawberry glaze seeps into the spongy cake, saturating the heavenly pillow, for a treat that is hard to resist.

Angelic Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries! #angelfoodcake #strawberry #valentinesday

Not to mention, as far as cakes go… Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries is a very low-cal treat.

Just the thing to follow a rich decadent homemade meal on Valentines Night!

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Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries - One look at this cake and you can see why it's called an Angel Food Cake
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

For the Angel Food Cake:

  • 12 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/3 cups superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Chambord raspberry liqueur or 1 teaspoon raspberry extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Gold Medal Cake Flour

For the Balsamic Strawberries:

Instructions

  • Crack the eggs and separate the whites. Set aside to warm to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then add the egg whites and cream of tartar to the bowl of your electric mixer and whip on medium speed.
  • Once the mixture is soft and foamy, turn the mixer on high and slowly add the sugar, salt, chambord, almond extract and vanilla. Continue whipping until firm peaks form. Turn the mixer off and fold in the flour. Scoop the mixture into an ungreased angel food pan (looks like a flat bottomed bundt pan) and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden.
  • Meanwhile, slice the strawberries and place in a medium bowl. Add the balsamic vinegar, chambord, honey and salt. Mix and set aside.
  • When the cake comes out of the oven, flip it over to cool. (The pan usually has little feet to keep it off the counter. If not place on a wire rack.) Cool completely in the pan, then run a boning knife around the edges and flip again to release the cake from the pan. Slice and serve with balsamic strawberries.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 215kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 215mg, Potassium: 226mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 44.5mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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20 comments on “Angel Food Cake with Balsamic Strawberries”

  1. Hi Can I substitute cake flour with all purpose flour as it is not easily available in India

  2. This is a family favorite! Always a hit!

  3. Totally cuddly worthy! Those balsamic strawberries are killing me! l.o.v.e.
    You know, I almost made some mini strawberry shortcake thingies but then changed my mind. I still came home with heavy whipping cream and a strawberries though so maybe this is a sign!

  4. cleaaarrrlly I am a cake person too – it’s in the name! – but the angel food cakes looks like pillowy perfection, I just want to dive right in! oh and add in balsamic strawberries? you’ve won me over sista

  5. Oh those strawberries sound so delicious!! This cake is gorgeous, Sommer!

  6. Beautiful cake and balsamic berries are a perfect topper!

  7. We usually reserve angel food cake for the summer months when the berries are sweet and fresh, but you may have just changed my mind!

  8. What a gorgeous cake, Sommer!! I love those balsamic berries!

  9. This looks delicious, strawberries and balsamic are so good together, then over a fluffy angel food cake! What a great combination.

  10. One of my favorite desserts!! Simply gorgeous, Sommer!

  11. I simply can not resist angel food cake, it is so good and gorgeous with the berries!

  12. Oh wow!!! I would love a few slices of this cake Asap!

  13. That cake looks so soft and delicious! Love the strawberries too, perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  14. This is completely GORGEOUS Sommer!!

  15. Thanks for making me my birthday cake..ha! I love angel food cake and this one looks perfect!

  16. Sommer! This is sooooo calling my name! Perfect for Valentine’s Day too! xo

  17. I ate angel food cake with strawberries at all my family gatherings growing up! Although I have actually yet to make it from scratch. Love the balsamic strawberries..so pretty!