Funfetti Angel Food Cake

Soft, fluffy angel food cake from scratch! Use this Funfetti Angel Food Cake as a low fat birthday cake or a colorful addition to any family gathering.

Have you ever tried making a homemade angel food cake? They might seem intimidating, but they are easier than you think. This sprinkle filled Funfetti angel food cake is sure to bring smiles!

A close up of a funfetti angel food cake

What does angel food cake taste like?

Angel food cake is light, fluffy and sweet. Sugar is the main flavor of the cake (almost like a marshmallow!), but we use vanilla extract for a hint of warmth and richness. You can also use almond extract if you prefer.

Can you make angel food cake in a regular pan?

Yes! Although we’ve never used a 9×13 baking pan for an angel food cake, we have made angel food cupcakes and used a loaf pan.

No matter what pan you use, don’t grease the pan.

overhead view of a funfetti angel food cake

Do you grease a pan for angel food cake?

NO! This is a big no. The bowl, beater, spatulas and pans must be clear of any grease at all when you are making angel food cake. Grease (in the pan or on utensils) can cause the cake to fall.

How to Make Angel Food Cake

We find it easiest to use a stand mixer for this recipe.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Sift together ¾ cup of sugar and the flour three times. Set it aside.
  • In a clean, grease-free bowl, beat the egg whites until they are frothy .
  • Add the salt and cream of tartar, then beat until the eggs hold stiff peaks.
  • Add the remaining sugar, three tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Fold in the flour/sugar mixture about ½ a cup at a time, then fold in the vanilla flavoring and sprinkles.
  • Spoon the batter into an ungreased angel food cake tube pan. Don’t use a bundt cake pan. Use a two piece angel food tube pan.
  • Bake on the lowest oven rack for 45 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and looks dry. Don’t underbake the cake.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and immediately invert the pan, standing it upside down on 3 glasses that are equal in height for support.
  • Allow the cake to cool upside down completely.
A close up of food, with funfetti Angel food cake

How long do you leave angel food cake upside down?

You want to leave the angel food cake upside down until it is fully cooled to room temperature.lide a knife around the sides and center of the pan to loosen the cake.

To remove the cake from the pan, slide a knife around the outside of the cake to loosen it, then turn it upside down.

Why did my angel food cake collapse?

There can be several reasons why this happens:

  • You may not have mixed the ingredients well enough. Beat the egg whites until they are frothy, then fold in the flour and sugar and mix until it is well combined. Mix gently though!
  • The pan may have had grease on it. The pan needs to be grease free so that the cake can attach to the pan and rise.
  • You may have underbaked it. You want the top to be cracked and golden brown. Don’t be tempted to take it out too early.

**Pro Tip: We had to test this cake a few times to get it to work properly with the sprinkles. If you are adding ingredients to an angel food cake (such as sprinkles), if you add too much, it could cause the cake to become heavy and fall. We found that ½ cup of sprinkles was good, but ¾ was too much. If you are adding nuts or other ingredients, you may need to do some testing to find the right amount.**

angel food cake with whipped cream and sprinkles on a plate

How to Store Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is safe to store at room temperature for about 3 days. If you want to keep it longer, store it in the refrigerator.

Either way you store it, make sure you cover the cake well because it will dry out quickly.

Other Angel Food Cake Recipes

unfrosted angel food cake on a cake stand

Tools Needed to Make Angel Food Cake

  • Stand Mixer: A hand mixer will work, but I always find it easier to froth eggs with a stand mixer.
  • Angel Food Cake Tube Pan: I find that traditional aluminum pans work best.
  • Flour Sifter: Because you should always take the extra step to sift flour for excellent results.
slices of funfetti angel food cake on a plate
slices of funfetti angel food cake on a plate

Funfetti Angel Food Cake

4.75 from 4 votes
Soft, fluffy angel food cake from scratch! Use this Funfetti Angel Food Cake as a low fat birthday cake or a colorful addition to any family gathering.
Servings 12

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites 11-12 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Sift together ¾ cup of sugar and the flour three times. Set it aside.
  • In a clean, grease-free bowl, beat the egg whites until they are frothy .
  • Add the salt and cream of tartar, then beat until the eggs hold stiff peaks.
  • Add the remaining sugar, three tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Fold in the flour/sugar mixture about ½ a cup at a time, then fold in the vanilla flavoring and sprinkles.
  • Spoon the batter into an ungreased angel food cake tube pan.
  • Bake on the lowest oven rack for 45 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and looks dry.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and immediately invert the pan, standing it upside down on 3 glasses that are equal in height for support.
  • Allow the cake to cool upside down completely, then slide a knife around the sides and center of the pan to loosen the cake.
  • Remove the cake to a plate and top with whipped cream and more sprinkles.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 180
Keyword angel food cake, cake with sprinkles, easy homemade cake, low fat cake recipe
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