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Gluten Free Angel Food Cake

This Gluten Free Angel Food Cake recipe tastes just like the name suggests: heavenly. A dairy free treat that you can sprinkle with dark chocolate or leave it plain and top with fresh berries. Your choice! Any way you slice it, it is delicious.

freshly baked gluten free angel food cake on a plate

Let them eat cake!

And by ‘them’ I mean everyone. That includes people with gluten intolerance, health minded folk who want to avoid wheat or refined sugars or just everyday people who eat anything and everything.

This is an awesome gluten free angel cake recipe that is delicious with chocolate chips, like I did, but would also be great with fresh fruit and cream which I will be doing once I get my hands on some fresh, local strawberries. Can’t wait!

Unlike typical angel food cake recipes, this one is made without white flour. In its place is a variety of gluten free options that are easily accessible at your local bulk store. The bonus of this is you only purchase what you need and you don’t end up with a bunch of bags of various flours and starches.  

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake Recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR GLUTEN FREE ANGEL FOOD CAKE

  • egg whites
  • cane sugar
  • brown rice flour
  • tapioca flour
  • potato starch 
  • corn starch
  • cream of tartar
  • sea salt
  • vanilla

I do have a quick tip when shopping at the bulk store for white powdery items. Don’t wear dark pants! I had a pair of dark jeans on and as I left the store I realized I had flour all over my legs. #messymessymessy

HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE ANGEL CAKE

Luckily, the amounts of flours and starches are all the same at 1/4 cup, so the measuring out was pretty easy.

small bags of gluten free flours

This recipe also calls for 1 1/2 cups of egg whites, which is the equivalent of about 10 eggs.

TIP! Buy liquid egg whites to make life a little simpler.

a large mixing bowl with 10 egg whites about to be beaten with a hand mixer

Set the whites aside, in a large mixing bowl at room temperature, for 3o minutes.

In the meantime, sift together 3/4 cup of the cane sugar, flours and starches.

gluten free flours and starches being sifted together

Add the cream of tartar, salt and vanilla to the egg whites and start beating until light peaks form.

Then gradually add the remaining cane sugar until stiff peaks form.

beaten egg whites on a hand mixer

Then with a light hand, gradually fold in the flour mixture.

You want to fold beaten egg whites into the batter to make it light and fluffy by incorporating air into the mix.

egg whites being gently folded into the cake batter

Pour into your tube pan and slice with knife.

This will help to eliminate the air pockets.

cake batter in a tube pan being sliced with a knife

Bake for about 45 minutes.

The top will be lightly browned.

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake Recipe

After it has cooled you are ready to enjoy the pillowy goodness.

This cake is so light and soft.

HOW TO ENJOY DAIRY FREE ANGEL FOOD CAKE

This recipe is perfect to try with berries and cream in the summer! Check out this Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake I made for Canada Day celebrations.

Sprinkle a bunch of chocolate chips on top before baking and add fresh cherries and cream for a Black Forest twist!

This cake is tailor made for a crowd pleasing backyard BBQ dessert OR for a holiday party. Great for any season.

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake Recipe

MORE HEALTHY GLUTEN FREE TREATS:

Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

Healthy Homemade Crunch Bars

Candied Cashews

Peanut Butter Granola

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Cinnamon Apple Snacks

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake Recipe

This recipe was inspired by the fitnessista who adapted it from this recipe.

*Originally posted May 21, 2013. Updated June 25, 2020*

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freshly baked gluten free angel food cake on a plate

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake

Sharon Rhodes
Gluten Free Angel Food Cake tastes just like the name suggests: heavenly. A dairy free treat sprinkled with chocolate or leave plain and top with berries.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cool 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 212 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Add egg whites to a large mixing bowl and set aside, at room temperature, for 30 minutes
  • In a medium bowl, sift 3/4 cup of cane sugar, starches and flours and set aside
  • Add cream of tartar, salt and vanilla to egg whites and beat at medium speed until soft peaks form
  • Bit by bit, add in the remaining cane sugar, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time
  • Pour into a tube pan. Slice the mixture with a knife to remove air pockets
  • If you are adding chocolate chips pour in 1/2 the batter, add in 1/4 cup of chips, then add the rest of the batter and top with a few tablespoons more chips
  • Bake on the lowest rack for 45 minutes, looking for a lightly browned top
  • Flip the pan upside down onto a rack and let cool for 1 hour
  • Run a knife around the edges and remove from pan.
  • Slice and serve with fresh berries. Leftovers will last covered at room temp or in the fridge for up to 2 days

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 309mgPotassium: 308mgSugar: 23gVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword 4th of July desserts, dairy free angel food cake recipe, gluten free angel cake, gluten free angel food cake
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17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This cake looks incredible and I have never made anything quite like this. I love that it is gluten free as well. I am buying the egg whites in a carton and I really need to use one up ASAP – this is just the perfect recipe. I cannot wait to try this.

  2. 5 stars
    I love this gluten free recipe! It is light, airy, and delicious! I love to top mine with chopped fresh strawberries or raspberries.

  3. 5 stars
    This Gluten-free angel cake looks awesome, I’ve never made anything like this before but I will give this a try for my good friend who has to have a fully gluten-free diet all the time.
    Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hello, I want to make my mom who is gluten and dairy free a angel food cake for thanksgiving since it used to be her favorite desert. But I never cooked with any of the flours you have listed above in your recipe. Is it possible for me to just buy gluten free flour and use that instead for the recipe, would it still work/taste good?

    1. Hi Kailen! You are a very sweet daughter to want to bake for you Mom ๐Ÿ™‚

      To be honest I have only tried this recipe with the ingredients listed, so I can only tell you that that version is good ๐Ÿ˜‰ You could try an all purpose gluten free flour but my only concern is not getting the light, softness that is needed to achieve a taste that is really close to the original flavour of an angel food cake, which is why I’ve used a blend of gluten free flours. I found the flours listed in the recipe at my local bulk store and usually just buy the amount I need for the cake. That way it cuts down on the expense and I don’t have all of these flours taking up space in my crammed little kitchen.

      Good luck & Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Being a vegan I was excited to see how you make angel food dairy free. So dissapointed, this recipe has eggs. Eggs are dairy! You can’t call this a dairy free cake. Very misleading ๐Ÿ™

    1. Hi Melody! You may find this surprising but eggs aren’t actually dairy. Dairy products are defined as coming from cows. It’s not a vegan recipe but is indeed a dairy free recipe like the name suggests ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Yyyyeah… I am also a vegan, and I’m kind of embarrassed that a fellow vegan thought that eggs were considered a dairy product. Dairy products come from the mammary glands of mammals. Eggs are not vegan, but they aren’t dairy, either.

      1. people are referring to eggs as dairy not because they don’t know eggs come from chickens but because grocery stores consider them dairy. they are not part of meat-poultry sales they are part of dairy sales and are sold that way. so people do consider them dairy regardless of them not being cow related

  6. I used this recipe for the GF strawberry shortcake. I also made the coconut creamy topping. Thank you for sharing this with everyone it turned out wonderful. No one could tell that it was Gluten free. I did not add the sugar to the strawberries but that was just my taste. I like the fruit natural. I did clean them and cut them up ahead of time and left them at room temperature so that they would be a little more juicy. If you like angel food cake I would highly recommend this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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