gluten free recipes

By Mary Frances Pickett

How to Bake a Gluten Free Angel Food Cake

Homemade angel food cake requires very few ingredients and is a snap if your gluten free flour mix is already prepared. It can be intimidating to work with egg whites at first, so visit Gluten Free Cooking School’s archives on How to Beat Egg Whites for further instructions and pictures. An angel food cake is one of the sweetest sponge cakes for a reason. The sugar helps stabilize the egg whites.

Prepare your ingredients and Preheat Your Oven for 325 degrees. For proportions see full recipe for angel food cake at Gluten Free Mommy. Separate egg whites in a stainless steel bowl and let them come to room temperature.


In a separate medium bowl, sift gluten free flour, salt, xanthan gum, and 3/4 cup of sugar. You can use a flour sifter (shown in picture) or a whisk.

flour sifter

Beat the egg whites until foamy; add the cream of tartar.

foamy egg whites
Beat until the egg whites form soft peaks.

soft peaks
Beat in the other reserved 3/4 cup of sugar about 3 Tablespoons at a time.

sugar addition

Beat until stiff peaks form.

stiff peaks
Slowly fold in flour mixture about 1/4 cup at a time. Once the flour mixture is combined, fold in the vanilla. A rubber spatula would work well. Be careful! The egg whites give the cake its volume and structure. If you are over zealous, they may deflate!

fold in batter
Slowly pour the batter into a tube pan (preferably one where the inside lifts out) and spread the batter evenly. Run a knife through the batter to eliminate any air bubbles.

pour batter

Bake for 50-55 minutes until top is golden and sides begin to pull away.

angel food cake
Cool for 10 minutes. Run knife around the edges of the tube pan. Remove the inside of the tube pan. Carefully run knife under the bottom of the pan. Invert on to cake plate.

angel food cake

Angel Food Cake is a great make ahead recipe.

This post was by our guest author: Natalie Naramor of the Gluten Free Mommy

For the recipe for Gluten Free Angel Food Cake and more photos, visit Gluten Free Mommy.

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