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Perfect Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

You won't believe this delicious Angel Food Cake is GF!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups egg whites from 10-11 large eggs
  • ¾ cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  • Separate the egg whites and allow them to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350. In the bowl of a food processor, process the flour, cornstarch and powdered sugar together until smooth, about 30 seconds. Set aside.
  • Process the granulated sugar slightly, about 5-7 pulses. You don't want to turn it into powdered sugar, just a little finer than it is normally. Set aside.
  • Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high until starting to foam then add the salt and cream of tartar.
  • Add the vanilla and almond extract and continue whipping on high speed.
  • Add the granulated sugar slowly, about 1 tablespoon at a time to the egg whites while they are whipping.Continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
  • Slowly fold in the dry ingredients ⅓ at a time with a spatula. Do this carefully and slowly so you don't deflate the egg whites. (This is the key to good angel food cake.) Scoop into a ungreased 10-inch round pan.
  • Bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes until lightly golden. Immediately invert pan onto a cooling rack when you remove it from the oven. Cool completely then run a knife along the edges of the pan and carefully plate the cake. Enjoy!

Notes

Previous recipe used ½ cup brown rice flour, ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon tapioca starch, 3 tablespoons potato starch for the dry ingredients. This will still work great!
You can use any gluten-free all-purpose flour blend you like in this recipe. I like using this one from King Arthur Flour or this one from Bob's Red Mill. Use this angel food cake to make all your favorite desserts gluten-free!

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg