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Orange Angel Food Cake

Orange angel food cake
Orange Angel Food Cake

This recipe and photography was provided courtesy of local cookbook author and chef, Carla Snyder. Learn more about Carla and discover her recipes at 

If there is a heaven, the angels make this cake and serve it to you as you walk through the gate.

It’s that easy: The hardest part of making this cake is whipping egg whites to the proper level. Follow the directions below on how to tell if they are whipped stiffly enough and your cake will be spongy, fluffy, cloud-like and something angels (or moms) would want to eat for dessert.

Orange Angel Food Cake

Start-To-Finish: 1 hour 10 minutes
Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Serves 8 to 10


For the Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups sifted cake flour (sift before measuring)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups large egg whites (10 to 11 eggs), at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Zest of 2 oranges

For the Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 Tbsp. Heinen’s fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. orange-flavored liqueur
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Sift the flour and 1/2 cup sugar into a medium a bowl.
  3. Whip the egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar, salt and zest on high speed until soft peaks form.
  4. On high speed, slowly sprinkle in the remaining 1 cup sugar until stiff, glossy peaks form, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice, about 5 minutes. When you think the whites are stiff enough, turn off the machine, remove the beater and dip it down into the whites. Pull it straight up, flip the beater so that the peak of whites stands straight up. If it falls over, the whites need another minute or two of whipping.
  5. Sift the flour/sugar mixture into the whites in 3 increments, folding gently with a large spatula and mixing just until blended.
  6. Pour the batter into a 10×4-inch un-greased tube pan, preferably with a removable bottom and smooth the top.
  7. Bake the cake in the middle of the oven until golden and a tester comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately invert it onto the neck of a bottle, or if your pan has those little feet that elevate it upside down, invert it over a rack. Cool the cake completely, upside down.
  9. Turn cake right side up and run a sharp knife around the outer edge of the pan, then around the center tube. Invert to release the cake, remove the outer pan (if it has a removable bottom) and run a knife under the bottom of the cake to release. Transfer the cake to a serving plate.
  10. To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, orange juice, liquor and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Add more orange juice if too thick, add more sugar if too thin. Spread the glaze over the top of the cake and let it slide decoratively down the sides. Serve with fresh berries and sorbet.

Make-ahead: The cake can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept covered at room temperature.

Extra Easy: Purchase an angel food cake from the bakery section, make the glaze and drizzle over the cake. Serve as directed.

Orange Angel Food Cake

Carla Snyder in her kitchen
By Carla Snyder
Carla has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, food writer and author of 6 cook books including the James Beard nominated Big Book of Appetizers. Her passion is sharing fresh, cooked-from-scratch weeknight meals that cut prep time and practically eliminate that nightly sink full of dishes.

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