Angel Food Cake for two

Wednesday 26 February 2020

On thing I have always missed over here is Angel Food Cake. There is something really special about a proper Angel Food Cake.  

It is very difficult to get an Angel Food Cake tin here in the UK, and if you do find a proper one, it costs an arm and a leg.  

I was always going to bring one back from Canada when I went home to visit, but it just never happened.

The other day I spied a recipe for a mini angel food cake that is baked in a loaf tin on Pinterest.  It is attributed to recipe the site, Dessert for Two.  

This is the recipe I used today and I have adapted it to use British measurements as well as North American.

The best thing about the recipe is that you don't need anything other than a metal loaf tin to bake it in.  No Angel Food Cake tin needed! 

You must not use a non-stick loaf tin, as the cake mixture needs to be able to grip the sides of the pan to bake up properly.  I just used my metal loaf tin as you see above (this is after baking and I am hanging the cake upside down to cool.) 

YOU MUST NOT grease or butter the pan.  It must be left as is.

Don't worry about it.  Your cake will not stick to the pan and you will be able to release it properly at the end once it is cold.

This is the perfect size for us and as you can see it baked up lovely.

You can also see that it released perfectly from the pan. It is beautifully light and has a wonderful consistency.  

It is every bit as perfect as a proper angel food cake baked in a full sized tin.

Just look at how beautiful the consistency of the cake is. 

It has even holes and is soft and spongy as a slice of white bread. 

Its light and fluffy, not rubbery at all.  

You do need to cut it with a serrated knife, using a sawing motion without pressure. If you press too hard you will squash your cake.

I was so very excited to discover this recipe.  There are lots of desserts that I used to make using angel food cake. 

 I make one in the summer with whipped cream and strawberries. It  immediately sprang to mind!  It has been ever so long since I have enjoyed it.  I can't wait!

Today we enjoyed it simply cut into slices, topped with a dollop of thick Jersey cream that I happened to have in my refrigerator along with some fresh raspberries and blueberries.

 This was so yummy.  I love Angel Food Cake. 

There is no fat in it, just basically egg whites, a bit of sugar and some flour.  It is the dieter's dream dessert.

I used to bake angel food cake often for my boss down south  It was a favourite  to serve when the ladies were coming for lunch!

Its lovely served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Its also pretty incredible toasted!

I would call this a winning recipe and I think you will enjoy it as well!

Yield: Makes one loaf sized cake

Small Batch Angel Food Cake

Small Batch Angel Food Cake

All of the deliciousness of a full sized cake, perfectly sized for two.


  • 150g granulated sugar, divided (3/4 cup)
  • 70g plain flour (1/2 cup all purpose)
  • 1 TBS cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 210g  free range egg whites (7 large)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
To serve:
  • whipped cream, or thick cream, or clotted cream
  • fresh berries or fruit


How to cook Small Batch Angel Food Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 165*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.  Have ready a 9 by 5 inch loaf tin.  Make sure that is is NOT a non-stick pan. Also please do not line the pan or grease it in any way.  Angel food cake needs a ungreased ordinary tin pan in order to rise properly.
  2. Measure 50g of the sugar into a bowl (1/4 cup) along with the flour and cornflour.  Whisk together and set aside.
  3. Put the egg whites into a large grease free bowl, along with the vanilla, cream of tartar and salt.  Beat with an electric whisk on medium speed just until the whites become foamy.  Continue to beat whilst adding the remainder of the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.  Beat on high until it forms soft peaks. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Fold 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the egg whites using a rubber spatula. Be gently and use a straight up and down in the centre, over to the side motion. You don't want to deflate the whites or release any of the air you have beaten into them.
  5. Repeat, adding the remainder of the flour in two lots  Make sure no lumps of flour remain and take care to do everything gently so that the egg whites don't deflate.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the plain loaf tin, leveling it off.  Place onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. When it is done the top will no longer be sticky to the touch and if it cracks the cracks will also not be sticky.
  7. Have two tin cans laid on a level surface, with a space between measuring the length of you loaf tin. Invert the loaf tin as soon as you remove it from the oven on these tin cans, making sure that either edge of the loaf tin rests on the edges of the tin cans. (see above)
  8. Leave to cool upside down for at least an hour.  I left mine for a couple hours.
  9. Once your cake is completely cold, using a sharp knife, run it around the inside edge of the loaf tin all the way around to loosen the cake.  Gently tip the cake fall onto a cutting board on its side.
  10. Use a serrated knife to cut the cake into slices, taking care not to squash the cake and using a gentle sawing motion.
  11. Serve in slices garnished with the cream and berries.  Delicious!

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Small Batch Angel Food Cake 
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  1. Oh Marie! I've been wanting to make one of this since I saw it featured as a Technical Challenge on the recent series of "The Great American Baking Show", but was put off by the need for a specialised tin. This is perfect! I'm going to try it on the weekend - I was so fascinated by the snow white colour. I'll let you know how it goes.

    1. I hope you enjoy it Marie. Its really quite good and so simple to make! I can't wait to hear how it turns out for you! xoxo

    2. I have made this cake in the U.S. since I was a teen. It is satisfying to make because it requires some good technical skills. But I feel confident because I have my grandmothers tin. From scratch. It is difficult to make proper cakes in the UK because of issues with flour and sugar, as well as recipes that add absolutely no salt. So bland. Cakes so rough. My cupcakes the kids take to school now here in the UK are always a hit.

      The 1/4 teaspoon for the half recipe here though seems like a lot, but I will give it a go as it is nice to have smaller portions.

    3. Its not too much, at least it wasn't for us. It is a lovely cake. I have no problem making cakes here. They always turn out for me, but it does take a bit of fiddling. xoxo

  2. I have a yen to bake and this looks like it might be just the thing -- big enough but not too big!

    1. It truly is the perfect size Jeanie! I hope you will try it! xoxo

  3. I was shocked the other year when watching an episode of The Great British Bakeoff to see that only one contestant had even heard of an angel food cake and none had made one. It was the technical challenge that day. Now THIS challenge I would have aced. However this fact was SO shocking for someone in the states because this cake is made, whether from scratch or boxed, almost as much as an average yellow cake. This is one cake when made from the boxed mix which is ALMOST just as good as scratch. It is not considered "cheating" to use the box mix. I have to say though, this cake is SO loved in my family that the thought of even making one with only two servings is unthinkable. However maybe for a gift for one person it might be a good idea to have this side. I have the most delicious chocolate light mousse "frosting" a friend used to cover an angel food cake then placed fresh strawberries around the base and a few on top which makes an outstanding dessert for a function, especially a lady's function. I first saw this cake of hers at a Longaberger Show I was presenting. However, the guys in my family, while they'll eat the cake with the chocolate mousse frosting, they seriously prefer it just plain. And if it weren't for my dad's diabetes, he would eat half a cake in one sitting. As he used to say, "well its almost all air!" That's his excuse. Obviously though, he doesn't do this any longer. But this is in the top 5 cakes the family in general loves. And to think, people so close to our culture never heard of it, well it leaves us speechless.

    1. I know what you mean Pam, but its just not a cake that people embrace here in the UK. We are very traditional in our makes and bakes. Cakes are much sturdier and people don't really do cake mixes, instead preferring to bake from scratch. Its just the way it is! I love this cake with berries. xoxo

  4. The cake is currently suspended upside down, cooling off... It looks beautiful so far, though, and I have to say: I compared a lot of different angel food load recipes and I am glad I went with this one! Your instructions were very easy to follow. Will update once I try it!

    1. Thannks very much. I really hope you enjoy it! xo

  5. Hi Marie- I made the angel food cake this past weekend, and it turned out beautifully!! (I've never made one before.) My husband's birthday is this weekend, and has requested a full-sized angel food cake. I've purchased a 10 inch tube pan. I'd like to stick with your recipe, because it worked so well for me. Can I just double the recipe here, and put it into the 10inch tube pan? If so, how long should I bake it? THANK YOU!!

    1. For the cake
      125g/4½oz plain flour
      300g/10½oz caster sugar
      10 large free-range egg whites
      1 tsp cream of tartar
      ½ tsp salt

      Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Suspend as above until cold. Do not grease your pan at all.

      I am pleased you both enjoyed the cake! It’s one of my favourite cakes! Let me know how you get on with the full size! Happy Birthday to your husband!

  6. I so want to try this beautiful small cake. My loaf pan is Pyrex. Will that work? Mary Ann

    1. I can't say with any certainly that it will or it won't Mary Ann. I have never done it in a Pyrex pan. The ungreased and rougher surface gives the batter something to cling to when it climbs during rising. I think a smooth, glassy surface might cause it to drop again, but I can't say for sure.


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