strawberry angel food cake made with 2 ingredients box cake mix and freeze dried strawberries
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Strawberry Angel Food Cake

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This 2 ingredient strawberry angel food cake is actually strawberry flavored with freeze dried strawberries baked right in! Top with optional whipped cream!

Looking for a stupid easy strawberry dessert that’s big on taste but not on effort? Meet your new favorite: 2-Ingredient Strawberry Angel Food Cake! Who knew that a box of angel food cake mix and some freeze-dried strawberries could team up to make something so ridiculously good? That’s exactly what this Strawberry Angel Food Cake is all about. It’s your easy-breezy path to a dessert that’s as light and fluffy as a cloud with a sweet kiss of strawberry flavor. This recipe is for those days when you want a little something special but without any complicated steps or a sink full of dishes afterward.

I love this strawberry angel food cake! It’s flavored with real strawberries (no fake flavorings here), and because we are using freeze-dried strawberries, the cake doesn’t turn an unappetizing shade of brownish/gray! Plus, it only requires 2 ingredients making it perfect for summer BBQs when you’re in charge of the dessert. Plus, you can top it with homemade whipped cream (my personal fav) and fresh strawberries, a dusting of powdered sugar, or just serve it as is!

Strawberry Angel Food cake Overview

  • Cuisine Inspiration: American
  • Number of Ingredients: 2 for the cake (additional for optional toppings)
  • Servings: 8-10 slices
  • Total Cook Time: Around 35-38 minutes for baking, plus cooling time
  • Primary Cooking Method: Baking
  • Dietary Info: Vegetarian-friendly
  • Key Flavor: Sweet, fragrant strawberry
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Notable mentions

  1. Genuine Strawberry Flavor: The use of freeze-dried strawberries ground into powder infuses this cake with an authentic, concentrated strawberry taste. It’s great for those seeking ‘real fruit-flavored desserts’ without artificial additives.
  2. Minimalist Baking at Its Best: With just two primary ingredients, this recipe is a standout in the ‘easy baking’ category. It’s perfect for those searching for ‘simple dessert recipes’ or ‘quick angel food cake variations.’
  3. Versatile Topping Options: While the cake shines on its own, the addition of whipped cream and fresh strawberries makes it customizable.
  4. Light and Airy Texture: The angel food cake mix ensures a fluffy, cloud-like texture, which is a big hit for those wanting light and fluffy desserts.
  5. Perfect for Various Occasions: Whether it’s a family gathering, a casual get-together, or a solo treat, this strawberry angel food cake is perfect!

Ingredients for 2-Ingredient Strawberry Angel Food Cake

  • Angel Food Cake Mix: This is your base, the start of something great. It’s the shortcut to that fluffy, light texture we all love in angel food cake, and it’s a dream for anyone who dreads cracking 12 eggs and working from scratch. If you prefer not to use box cake mix, you can make my homemade angel food cake instead.
  • Freeze-Dried Strawberries: These aren’t your average strawberries. Ground into a fine powder, they’re the secret to that genuine strawberry flavor that makes this cake stand out. It’s all about packing a punch of real fruit taste without fuss.

Optional Toppings:

  • Whipped Cream: For a little creamy luxury, whipped cream is the way to go. It adds a rich yet light topping that complements the airy cake.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Slicing a few fresh strawberries on top not only makes your cake look gorgeous but also adds a burst of fresh berry goodness.

How To Make Strawberry Flavored Angel Food Cake

Prepping Your Kitchen:

  • Get That Oven Hot: Start by preheating your oven. It’s important to get the temperature just right for angel food cakes.
  • Rack Positioning: Adjust your oven rack to the lower bottom position. This helps the cake bake evenly without getting too brown on the top.

STEP 1: MIXING THE BATTER

  • Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the angel food cake mix and your ground freeze-dried strawberries. This is where that beautiful strawberry flavor gets all mixed in.
  • Add Water: Now, pour in the water. Start your mixer on low for about 30 seconds, then crank it up to medium speed and beat for another minute. You’re looking for a batter with stiff peaks – that’s your cue, it’s ready.

STEP 2: BAKING THE CAKE

  • Into the Pan It Goes: Pour the batter into a non-stick tube pan. No need to grease it; angel food cake climbs up the sides as it bakes.
  • Bake to Perfection: Pop the pan into the oven and bake. You’ll know it’s done when the cake is firm to the touch and no longer sticky.

STEP 3: COOLING IT DOWN

  • Upside-Down Cooling Trick: Once out of the oven, immediately flip your tube pan over onto a glass bottle. This upside-down cooling method is key for a cake that’s light and airy.
  • Patience Pays Off: Let the cake cool upside down for about 40 minutes. This helps it keep its structure and texture.

STEP 4: SERVING IT UP

  • Release and Serve: Gently run a knife around the edges of the pan to release the cake. Serve it as is or with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh strawberry slices for an extra special touch.
  • Try Different Freeze-Dried Fruits: Not a fan of strawberries or just want to mix it up? Try using other freeze-dried fruits like raspberries or blueberries. Grind them into a powder just like the strawberries for a whole new flavor twist.
  • Chocolate Drizzle: Who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate? Drizzle some melted chocolate over the top for a classic strawberry-chocolate combo. It’s like giving your cake a fancy little upgrade.
  • Citrus Zest: If you’re feeling zesty, add a bit of lemon or orange zest to the batter. It adds a fresh, tangy kick that pairs wonderfully with the sweet strawberry flavor.
  • Lemon Whipped Cream: For your whipped cream topping, why not add a squeeze of lemon juice or some lemon zest? It brings a lovely citrusy brightness that cuts through the sweetness.
  • Almond Extract: A few drops of almond extract in your batter can add a subtle, nutty depth to the cake’s flavor, making it a bit more complex and intriguing.
  • Berry Medley Topping: Instead of just strawberries, top your cake with a mix of fresh berries for a colorful and tasty decoration. It’s like a berry party on top of your cake!

Tips for Making the Best tasting Strawberry Angel Food Cake

  1. Fine Powder is Key: When using freeze-dried strawberries, ensure they’re ground into a very fine powder. This helps them blend seamlessly into the cake mix without any chunks or gritty texture.
  2. Don’t Rush the Mixing: Take your time to mix the batter properly. Start slow to combine and then increase the speed for stiff peaks. It’s this air that gives the cake its signature lightness.
  3. The Right Pan Matters: Use a non-stick tube pan for this cake. Angel food cake needs to climb up the sides of the pan as it bakes, and a tube pan is designed just for this purpose.
  4. No Peeking in the Oven: Resist the urge to open the oven door while the cake is baking. Sudden temperature changes can cause the cake to fall or not rise properly.
  5. Cool Upside Down: This might sound strange, but flipping the cake pan upside down to cool is crucial. It prevents the cake from collapsing and helps maintain its fluffy texture.
  6. Gentle Unmolding: When it’s time to take the cake out of the pan, be gentle. Use a knife to carefully run around the edges of the pan to release the cake without squishing it.

How to Store Strawberry Angel Food Cake

  • Room Temperature is Best: If you haven’t added any perishable toppings like whipped cream, store the cake at room temperature. Just place it in an airtight container or cover it with a cake dome. This way, it maintains its moisture without getting soggy.
  • Refrigerate with Toppings: If you’ve gone all out with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, it’s better to store the cake in the fridge. Cover it well to prevent it from absorbing other flavors and to keep it fresh.
  • Keep It Airy: Try not to squash the cake under heavy items. Angel food cake is light and airy, so you want to maintain its fluffy texture.
  • Serving Again: If you’ve refrigerated the cake, let it sit at room temperature for a bit before serving. This helps the cake get back to its original softness.

Can I Freeze Strawberry Angel Food Cake?

  • Freezing the Cake: Absolutely! This cake can be frozen, but it’s best to do so without any toppings. Wrap the cake or individual slices tightly in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil or place them in a freezer-safe bag. This helps prevent freezer burn and keeps the cake fresh.
  • How Long Can It Be Frozen? You can store the cake in the freezer for up to a month. This makes it a great make-ahead option for events or a convenient treat for unexpected guests.
  • Thawing the Cake: When you’re ready to eat it, thaw the cake in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours. This gradual thawing helps preserve its texture.
  • Add Toppings After Thawing: Once thawed, feel free to add your whipped cream, fresh strawberries, or any other toppings. This way, the toppings are fresh, and the cake retains its original texture and flavor.

What to Serve with Strawberry Angel Food Cake

  • Fresh Whipped Cream: A dollop of freshly whipped cream on top of each slice adds a creamy contrast to the light and airy cake. It’s like a cloud on top of another cloud!
  • Berry Medley: A mix of fresh berries, like blueberries, raspberries, and more strawberries, can add a burst of color and a tart contrast to the sweet cake.
  • Citrus Zest or Sauce: Enhance the fruitiness with some citrus. A drizzle of lemon or orange sauce, or even a sprinkle of zest, can brighten up the flavors.
  • Vanilla or Berry Ice Cream: For a more indulgent pairing, a scoop of vanilla or berry-flavored ice cream alongside your cake makes for a decadent treat.
  • Chocolate Ganache or Sauce: Chocolate and strawberries are a classic combo. A drizzle of chocolate ganache or sauce over the cake brings in a rich element.
  • Dessert Wines: If you’re serving this at a dinner party, a sweet dessert wine like a Riesling or a Moscato pairs beautifully, elevating the cake to a sophisticated level.
  • Coffee or Tea: A cup of coffee or tea is perfect for balancing the sweetness of the cake, especially if serving it as an afternoon treat.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use fresh strawberries instead of freeze-dried?

For the cake itself, it’s best to use freeze-dried strawberries since fresh strawberries can add too much moisture and alter the cake’s texture. However, fresh strawberries are great as a topping!

How do I know when my angel food cake is fully baked?

The cake is done when it’s firm to the touch and no longer sticky. A good indicator is when the top is golden brown and springs back when gently pressed.

Can I make this cake without a tube pan?

Angel food cakes are best baked in a tube pan for even cooking and proper rising. If you don’t have one, you can try using a regular round pan, but the cake might not rise as much.

Isn’t it amazing how something so incredibly simple can be so irresistibly good? This strawberry angel food cake is all about enjoying the lush, real flavor of strawberries without any of those artificial vibes. It’s so easy to make, and the result is always a fluffy, strawberry filled bite. Perfect for those lazy summer days, impromptu BBQs, or anytime you want to whip up a quick dessert that everyone will love.

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Strawberry Angel Food Cake

This 2 ingredient strawberry angel food cake is actually strawberry flavored with freeze dried strawberries baked right in! Top with optional whipped cream!
5 from 2 votes
Author Jackie
Servings 8 slices
Course Dessert
Calories 278
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box box angel food cake mix
  • 1 ounce freeze-dried strawberries ground into powder
  • 1 ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons water

Optional Topping

  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh strawberries sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325F and move the rack to the lower bottom.
  • Add the box mix and powdered freeze-dried strawberries to a large bowl. Use a whisk to combine fully. Add water and beat with a hand mixer for 30 seconds on low and then increase to medium speed and beat for an additional 1 minute until stiff peaks form.
  • Pour batter into a non-stick tube pan.
  • Bake cake for 35-38 minutes or until cakes is firm and no longer stick when touched.
  • Remove from oven and immediately flip the tube pan over on a glass bottle and allow to cool upside down for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan and serve with whipped cream and fresh strawberries if using.

Notes

  • 1 bag of freeze dried strawberries: 1 bag = 1 ounce and equals about 1 cup when ground into a powder. I used a food processor.
  • Add food coloring: The freeze dried strawberries adds a hint of strawberry flavor, but didn’t add much color. You could use a drop or two of gel food coloring when mixing to brighten it up.
Nutritional information does include the optional whipped cream and fresh strawberry topping. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 278kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 467mg, Potassium: 208mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 41g, Vitamin A: 110IU, Vitamin C: 77mg, Calcium: 112mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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