Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake Recipe

This gluten-free angel food cake is an excellent substitute for the original kind. Fluffy, light gluten-free angel food cake is perfect with coffee and would be excellent with some summer berries for dessert!

Cooking at Home Again

We’re on a roll with at-home dinners – two in a row!

gluten-free pasta

I *tried* to make a version of my uncle’s famous bolognese sauce. Needless to say, it was not the same, but still really good.

(Maybe he’ll help me with a video when he’s in town?)

We enjoyed it with a side of sautéed zucchini and then dug into dessert, which was the best part about the meal. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

gluten-free angel food cake

I blame one of my work friends for my outta control angel food cake craving. She used to own a bakery and is a fantastic cook, so she surprises us with decadent treats on the reg. Last week, she brought the most perfect angel food cake in, and I had a few pieces in between classes. Basically, it awoke a beast because I’ve been thinking about angel food cake ever since.

Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake Recipe

I was really excited to try out a gluten-free version, so I looked up a recipe since I wasn’t sure where to start. I followed this recipe, almost exactly, just using brown rice flour instead of white since that’s what we had on hand.

gluten-free flours

Whenever I make a recipe, I check to see how many eggs it requires. Eggs are a valuable commodity in our house because we somehow always seem to run out before the week is over, whether I buy one carton or two.

Angel food cake is very egg expensive. Since I couldn’t see myself wasting 10 yolks, I figured I’d give carton egg whites a whirl, even though I’d Googled and read mixed results.

Egg whites 1 of 1

One of the best tricks my nana taught me about cooking: if you believe it will turn out well, it will. So I left them out at room temperature for a half hour like the recipe called for and gave them a whirl.

Egg whites whipped to stiff peaks

I whipped them up until they were stiff (on the patio since it was nap time–my neighbors probably think I’m crazy!).

stiff egg whites

(aren’t they beautiful?)

folded everything together gently, and sprinkled some chocolate chips on top for extra deliciousness, and into the oven it went.

gluten-free angel food cake

The final result? Pretty heavenly.

slice of gluten-free angel food cake

The texture was fantastic – not as great as Susan’s, but I’ll take it. 😉

gluten-free angel food cake

Perfect with my morning coffee, too.

I love angel food cake because it’s one of those desserts that reminds me of summer (especially with fresh berries!) and is one of those treats that’s naturally pretty healthy.

This gluten-free angel food cake is an excellent substitute for the original kind. Fluffy, light gluten-free angel food cake is perfect with coffee and would be excellent with some summer berries for dessert! | | #glutenfreedessert #glutenfreeangelfoodcake #angelfoodcakerecipe

If you could have any dessert right this very second, what would you choose? Any favorite light desserts? We made these banana s’mores a couple of weeks ago and they were amaaaaazing.

Enjoy your night <3



Caroline update: this weekend was our first weekend walk with a turkey burger bribe for each step. After Caro turned herself into a 40-lb rock statue (she’s usually about 15 lbs), she ended up riding in the Bob stroller with Livi, and loved it. Baby steps, eh?

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  1. Kendyl on March 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I love zucchini! It’s one of my favorite veggies! And that cake looks too good to be true. Thanks for linking the recipe- gluten free baking always gets me. I’m still learning conversions and all that. I’ll def be trying this recipe soon 🙂

    Happy Monday!


  2. Erica { } on March 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I made an Angel Food Cake from scratch once and it may have been the best dessert I’ve ever made at home! I was obsessed with Angel Food growing up – it was the one cake I requested for every birthday!

  3. Amy on March 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I love making AFC. With the yolks I either make custard or ice cream a few days later.

  4. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on March 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Angel food cake…to die for! I have not had any for YEARS you kind of inspired me to create your recipe for my dinner party in a few weeks! That’s when the FUN recipes come out! Thank you for sharing Love + Shine CourtStar

  5. Natalie @ will jog for food on March 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Yum! I’d love to dig into some Tiramisu! That has to be my favorite dessert of all time 🙂

  6. Katie on March 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I’m probably late to this party, but where did you find the chalk written containers??? I want! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 26, 2013 at 1:05 am

      world market! i think they were $5 each?

      • Katie on March 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

        Thanks!! 🙂

  7. Ali on March 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    What I have found works best(had many fosters) is to give lots of treats/praise while putting on the leash and while its on. I then let them get comfortable in it. Have the dog wear the leash around the house. It is something you just keep building on. Couple minutes, turn into 5 etc etc. You need to get the dog comfortable WITH the leash before walking her on it.
    **Although I would not recommend this while your daughter is awake or home.

    Also, any fosters I get, I generally do not do a regular collar. I like to use harnesses. It releases the “grip” or tension on the neck and they tend to be a bit calmer. If the dog is not used to a harness and it is a lot to get the dog in and out for walks, again leave it on. But with a harness, you can leave it on full time.

    Good Luck!

    • Fitnessista on March 26, 2013 at 1:04 am

      good to know that we’re doing the right steps! it’s a long process, but it will be worth it

  8. Heidi on March 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    YUM! This looks awesome!! I gave up sweets for Lent, so I am anxiously awaiting Easter Sunday 😉 If I could have anything, I think I would go for a gooey s’more!

  9. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on March 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Looks heavenly! Like you said, I LOVE angel food cake with some berries! It’s the perfect light and summery dessert.

  10. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on March 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Hope Caro will soon see walks as a good thing!

  11. Rebecca on March 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    “There’s a hole in this cake…”

    Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 26, 2013 at 1:04 am

      *like* x100000

  12. Sarah Crowder (punctuated with food) on March 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Haha I’ve definitely pulled tricks like using the mixer outside! We often have a cocktail at night and my husband goes outside to shake it so as not to wake the bambino.

  13. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on March 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    OMG that looks and sounds amazing!
    If i could I would love some chocolate cake and ice cream.

  14. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health on March 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I love angel food cake!!! This recipe looks delish, thanks might sharing.

  15. Jeannie on March 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    That looks so good and yes pls get your uncle to do a video for us or pls post the recipe for us. That woukd be great!

  16. Heather on March 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    That cake looks delish. Did you know you can make your own rice flour in the vitamix? I keep rice in the freezer so it’s already cold whenever I need some. You can google it but it’s so quick and easy and organic on the cheap if you buy rice in bulk. It was so exasperating always buying white/brown or wondering if you can mix if you are running low. Learning to make it myself has saved me mucho stress, not running to the grocery constantly and worried about bad substitution results.

  17. Erin @ Axell's Kitchen on March 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    After reading this I’m wanting angel food cake with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.YUMM

  18. Brittany @ Kitchen::Candid on March 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I love angel food cake!! It’s such a good way to curb a sweet tooth without derailing a healthy day!! And WHERE did you get those yoga pants?! They look like real pants!

    • Fitnessista on March 26, 2013 at 1:03 am

      they totally do! the lululemon studio pant. loooove them

  19. Veterinarianess on March 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Yessss! Thank you so much for posting this! 😀

  20. Sammy on March 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    This looks so yummy! Even though I love sweets, right now I’m on a low carb diet and the pasta has me drooling. The other night my hubby made a great bolognese sauce and we put it over sauteed squash and zucchini. It wasn’t *exactly* as good as pasta, but it was a wonderful alternative that I felt good about having seconds of.

  21. Elizabeth on March 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I’m so glad to know that the boxed whites worked for this. I hesitate to do recipes where there are a million whites because I never know what to do with the yolks.

  22. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on March 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    oh my gosh that looks amazing!! I love love love angel food cake, but haven’t had it since going gluten free. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  23. Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body on March 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Ha!That blasted nap time getting in the way of mixing stuff in doors! The angel food cake looks amazing. I’ve been craving some banana foster lately.

  24. Karen on March 26, 2013 at 12:22 am

    YUM! It all looks so good. I’ve never made an angel food cake..or any cake in a bundt pan. This could be a new adventure! Btw, we used to make milkshakes in a spare bedroom at night so we wouldn’t wake my son!!

  25. kt h on March 26, 2013 at 12:34 am

    The sprinkling of mini chips is so cute on the cake. 🙂

    Ooooh, those banana s’mores…my friend pre-made a bunch and pulled them out of the cooler during a rafting trip last summer. We put them in the campfire coals and had a ridiculous dessert.

  26. Babs on March 26, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Ohhh now I’m craving angel food cake. Can I steal some of yours 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 26, 2013 at 1:19 am

      yes, but it will need to be quick. it’s been 24 hours and there’s half a cake left 😉

  27. Bek @ Crave on March 26, 2013 at 3:19 am

    It looks so light and fluffy…and healthy? How on earth!?

  28. Lucie on March 26, 2013 at 5:19 am

    ohmygod that looks soooo good!! Well, I would want a HUGE piece of this right now 🙂
    I love to bake my healthy version of mama’s chocolate cake. It’s so easy and I bake it and I usually make BITES, so I can store them and heat up if I am craving one. PERFECT.

  29. Holli on March 26, 2013 at 7:39 am

    My Mom has made me a confetti angel food cake for every birthday since I’ve been old enough to request what kind of cake I’d like for my birthday <3

  30. Allison on March 26, 2013 at 7:59 am

    When I became a vegan, angel food cake was one of the things at the top of the list that I really missed:( And with chocolate chips!?!?!? Heavenly!!

  31. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) on March 26, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Love angel food cake! I’ve been wondering what to bake for Easter, and that may be the ticket!

  32. Laura @ A Girl's Gotta Balance on March 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

    First of all I’m so jealous you were mixing the cake batter on your patio – my Boston backyard still has patches of snow! Currently my favorite dessert is a recipe for gluten free brownies made with almond butter and agave nectar. I definitely need to try your angel food cake too!

  33. Jacquelyn @justjacq on March 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Okay, I wish I could use a mixer outside. Pennsylvania got snow yesterday!! ugh. And my go to dessert is chocolate and coffee or chocolate and peanut butter. If one of those two combos is offered I am all over it.
    I love that Caroline rode in the stroller with Liv! I think we need a picture next time!

  34. Julie on March 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

    LOL on the Caro “walk”! 😛

    Love your workout top, too! (I have a “bit” of a workout top fetish. They are overflowing a dresser drawer. Instead of cutting back I’m thinking of cleaning out drawer #2 to make more room.) 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      hahah atta girl

  35. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on March 26, 2013 at 10:57 am

    That angel food cake looks amazing! Have you tried double harnessing bell and caroline? We did that with my puppy when he was too scared to go on walks and now he loves them.

  36. Emily on March 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Haha, I want a picture of Caro in the Bob!

    I hear you on the eggs – we easily go through 3 dz a week!

    Oh man, I haven’t had angel food cake in ages. It was always my #1 most favorite cake ever, I even requested it for my birthday, with whipped cream and shaved chocolate bar on top!

  37. Kathleen@ New Version of Me on March 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies! I would kill for some right now!!

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