How to Cut Angel Food Cake? (3 top methods)

If you know how to cut angel food cake right, you won’t ruin that beautiful, delicate cake (it’s easy to do). If you use the wrong method, you’ll end up with a flat, sticky mess instead of a cake (and we don’t want that now do we)…


How to cut angel food cake?

Cut using your serrated knife. Let the sawing do the work and don’t press down too hard, which could shatter the cake. You’ll get a clean, smooth cut.



What Is Angel Food Cake?

People think that Angel Food cake was inspired by Sponge Cake, Cornstarch Cake, Silver Cake, and or Snow-drift Cake. There are different ideas about who made the first Angel Food Cake, which is also called an ice cream cake.


People think that the fact that there are a lot of cake molds in southeastern Pennsylvania, which is one of the biggest places that makes cake molds, shows that the angel food cake came from there in the early 1800s.


Angel Food Cake | What You Need to Know

It wasn’t as easy as I thought to make this cake. It didn’t happen because this cake is hard to make. In fact, there aren’t even any decorations and there are only a few ingredients…


Seems easy enough, doesn’t it? Well, I didn’t know everything there is to know about making an angel food cake, which is what got me into trouble. Once I knew what to do and what not to do, this cake was pretty easy.


Here’s everything you need to know about angel food cake to make things as easy and foolproof as possible for you…


  • Egg whites at room temperature: Just like with my other cakes, we need egg whites at room temperature for this one, too.

  • Higher oven temperature: I tried the cake a few times at a lower temperature (325 degrees F) and couldn’t get it to stick to the sides of the pan, even when I didn’t spray the pan. Using a higher temperature (375 degrees F) helps the sides of the cake cook a little faster, which helps the batter stick to the sides so it doesn’t fall out when the cake is turned over to cool.

  • Whip the egg whites until they form soft peaks: This is different from the stiff peaks you might see in meringues recipes. We want soft peaks so that the cake will have the right texture when it bakes. If you beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, the texture of your angel food cake will be more sticky. For reference, the picture below shows how the egg white mixture folds over on top of the whisk. As you pull the whisk out of the egg whites, the peaks should fall over gently. FYI: This is called soft peaks.

  • Use cream of tartar: It is an acid that keeps the egg whites from falling apart. If your cake doesn’t have the cream of tartar, it will fall apart. Other acidic ingredients aren’t as strong as cream of tartar, so I wouldn’t suggest using anything else.

  • Sifting sugar: Some of the sugar and flour should be sifted more than once—four times, to be exact. This will make sure that there are no lumps and that the batter is light and smooth.

  • Fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites gently: To do this, add the dry ingredients in four separate batches, sifting each batch again as you add it. In the old cookbooks I have, it says to fold each time with 10 strokes. I think they wanted to be very specific so bakers wouldn’t mix the whites too much and lose their fluffy texture.


How to properly cut an angel food cake?

Using a serrated knife, an electric knife, or a cake breaker are the three main ways to do it. Which method is best for you mostly depends on what tools you already have (so you don’t have to buy new ones). Thank me later!


1. Electric Knife:

A second option is an electric knife with serrations, if you happen to have one lying around. You might only use it once a year to cut up your Thanksgiving turkey…


Some people swear by electric knives for cutting angel food cake, but I usually don’t want to spend the time looking for them in the basement. But if your is in an arms reach, this is a great choice for making clean cuts.


2. Serrated Knife:

This is my favorite way to cut angel food cake so that it doesn’t fall apart. It doesn’t take long, and you don’t need any special tools to do it. Choose a long, very sharp knife with serrations. Most likely, you already have one of these to cut crusty loaves of bread…


Use your serrated knife to cut slowly back and forth, like you’re sawing. The key is to let the sawing do the work for you and not press down too hard on the cake, which could break it.



3. Cake Breaker:

One last idea. A cake breaker is also suggested by some. It pulls the cake apart gently so it doesn’t break, which is great…


I don’t like the rough, sloppy edges that these tools make, and I don’t need another one-time-use tool rattling around in my already-crammed kitchen drawer. Also, this won’t be the best way to cut cake into cubes, but it’s still a good idea to keep in mind.


Which is the best option?

So, again, the way you choose to cut your angel food cake mostly depends on what you have on hand. I’d vote for a simple, plain, serrated bread knife, but that’s just me.


Most likely, you already have it in your collection of kitchen tools. And it does a great job of cutting, layering, and even cubing your cake…


No special tools are needed, and you don’t have to dig through your dark basement cabinets to find a tool you only use a couple of times a year.


How many servings does an Angel Meals cake have?

Obviously, the exact number will change depending on how thinly you cut the slices. But as a general rule, if you cut each slice about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick, you should be able to get 12 slices from a whole cake.



Related Questions:

How to cut angel food cake into layers?

Cut the cake in half horizontally using the scored line as a guide. Slow down. Lift the cake’s top half with a serrated knife. You can use the cake layers immediately or refrigerate them until assembly.


How many slices in an angel food cake

The 10″ angel food cake pan fits on the usual cake stand. Bundt pan sizes are measured in cups. A 10-inch pan holds 12 cups. You’ll get 12-16 slices of each cake.


Carbs in angel food cake

Angel Food Cake has less flour than most other cakes, so it has fewer carbs. So, a normal slice of Angel Food Cake has about 40 net carbs.

How to Cut Angel Food Cake? (3 top methods)