maraschino cherry angel food cake recipe

Cherry Angel Food Cake

This soft, fluffy, homemade cherry angel food cake boasts a pink color from the maraschino cherries. It's a low fat cake recipe perfect for indulging in a guilt-free dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 250kcal


  • 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 almond flavoring
  • 2/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries (drained well, but reserve the juice)

For the Cherry Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Sift together 3/4 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 1/2 a cup at a time, then fold in the almond flavoring and drained cherries.
  • 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.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, butter, juice and extract until smooth.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  • Store the cake in an airtight container.



The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces (and dividing the glaze 12 ways), with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake with glaze. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 133mg | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg