Are you looking for a delicious, light dessert that doesn’t break the calorie bank? Then look no further than angel food cake. Not only is this sweet treat perfect for summertime potlucks and barbecues, but it can also be frozen to enjoy later. But before you go stocking your freezer with angel food cakes, it’s important to understand how to freeze them properly so they don’t turn out dry. In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about freezing angel food cake – from pre-freezing tips and storage advice to potential thawing issues. So read on if you’re wondering “Can you freeze angel food cake?”
- 1 Can You Freeze Angel Food Cake?
- 2 How To Freeze Angel Food Cake?
- 3 How Long Will Angel Food Cake Stay Good In The Freezer?
- 4 How To Thaw Frozen Angel Food Cake?
- 5 What Should You Do With Leftover Angel Food Cake?
- 6 Types Of Angel Food Cake
- 7 Homemade Angel Food Cake Recipes
- 8 FAQ: Angel Food Cake
Can You Freeze Angel Food Cake?
Angel food cake can indeed be frozen, and it maintains its quality for 4 to 6 months in the freezer. Unlike other cakes, angel food cake does not contain excessive amounts of butter and oils. As a result, it tends to lose moisture and dry out more quickly. For this reason, it is recommended to freeze it promptly in order to preserve its soft, moist, and airy texture.
How To Freeze Angel Food Cake?
How To Freeze A Whole Angel Food Cake?
Step 1: Cooling
Once you have a freshly baked cake, remove it from the angel food cake pan or bundt cake pan, and let it cool completely at room temperature on a wire rack. Allow it to cool for about two hours. For optimal results, freeze the plain homemade angel food cake as soon as it has cooled completely and is still fresh to prevent moisture loss and drying out.
Step 2: Cling Wrap
Wrap the entire cake in a double layer of plastic wrap, ensuring that all corners are fully covered and sealed. This step ensures that no part of the cake is exposed to air, which can lead to freezer burn, loss of moisture, and absorption of odors from surrounding foods.
Step 3: Foil Wrap or Freezer Bag
Wrap the cake once again in foil, ensuring thorough coverage with no exposed gaps. Alternatively, if you have a resealable freezer bag large enough to accommodate the cake, place it in the bag, squeeze out all the air, and seal it tightly.
Step 4: Labeling
Label the wrapped cake with the date it was frozen, allowing you to track its storage time in the freezer.
Step 5: Freezing
When placing the cake in the freezer, keep in mind that it will still be soft and delicate. To prevent it from getting squashed, you can place the wrapped cake in a Tupperware container. Alternatively, place it on a large freezer-friendly plate or board to ensure that it remains on an even surface.
How To Freeze Angel Food Cake Leftovers?
Step 1: Loosen the Cake
Before freezing, it’s important to loosen the cake from the pan. You can use a knife to gently separate the cake from the edges of the pan.
Step 2: Slice into Portions
Slice the cake into individual portions or desired size. This will make it easier to defrost only the amount you need at a time.
Step 3: Wrap in Plastic Wrap
Wrap each slice or portion of the cake tightly with plastic wrap. Ensure that the plastic wrap covers the entire cake, leaving no exposed areas.
Step 4: Double-wrap with Foil
Double-wrap the plastic-wrapped slices in aluminum foil. This additional layer of protection will help prevent freezer burn and maintain the cake’s moisture.
Step 5: Label and Date
Label the wrapped cake slices with the current date. This will help you keep track of how long they have been stored in the freezer.
Step 6: Store in Freezer-Safe Container
Place the wrapped cake portions in a freezer-safe container to avoid any damage from other items in the freezer. This step is optional but highly recommended.
Step 7: Freeze
Put the container with the wrapped cake slices in the freezer. Make sure it is stored in a flat position, and try to avoid any unnecessary movement to prevent the cake from getting squashed.
How To Freeze Store-bought Angel Food Cake?
To freeze store-bought angel food cake, follow these steps:
- If the cake comes in a plastic base and dome lid, remove the dome lid and wrap the cake in two layers of cling film to prevent air exposure and drying out.
- If the cake is in a plastic sealed packet, pierce the bag to remove excess air. Then, wrap it in double layers of plastic wrap for added protection against freezer burn.
- Finally, wrap the cake again in foil or place it in a resealable freezer bag, making sure to squeeze out the air before sealing. Label the package with the current date and freeze according to the instructions mentioned in the previous section.
How Long Will Angel Food Cake Stay Good In The Freezer?
Angel food cake can stay good in the freezer for 4 to 6 months. This time frame is dependent on how well the cake has been wrapped and stored in the freezer. The longer it remains frozen, the higher the chances that it may lose its quality and taste.
If you are planning to freeze angel food cake, it is recommended to consume it within 3 months for optimal flavor and texture. However, if stored properly, you can still enjoy it up to 6 months later.
How To Thaw Frozen Angel Food Cake?
Step 1: Refrigerate
Remove the whole or sliced angel food cake from the freezer and place it on a serving plate in the fridge. Allow it to defrost for a few hours while still wrapped. Keeping the wrapping on individual portions will help preserve moisture during the thawing process.
Step 2: Remove Wrapping
Once the cake is thawed, take off the wrapping from the slices.
Step 3: Restore Moisture
If the cake has become dry during freezing, you can warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave before serving. Add a fresh topping of fruit compote, fresh berries, whipped cream, or custard to enhance moisture. For the best result, enjoy the cake immediately.
Note: Do not microwave buttercream frosted cakes for thawing. Microwaving angel food cake with frosting will cause the frosting to melt, separate, and become runny.
What Should You Do With Leftover Angel Food Cake?
There are several delicious ways to use leftover angel food cake, including:
- Trifles: Cut the cake into cubes and layer it with whipped cream, fruits, and sauces to create a beautiful and tasty trifle.
- French Toast: Use leftover angel food cake slices to make decadent French toast for breakfast or brunch. Simply dip the slices in an egg and milk mixture, then cook on a griddle until golden brown.
- Ice Cream Cake: Press leftover cake crumbs into the bottom of a springform pan and top with your favorite ice cream flavors to make an easy and delicious ice cream cake.
- Bread Pudding: Use cubes of angel food cake in place of bread in traditional bread pudding recipes for a tasty and light twist.
- Cake Pops: Crumble the cake, mix it with frosting, and roll them into bite-sized balls before dipping them in melted chocolate to make delightful cake pops.
With these tips and tricks, you can now enjoy your angel food cake for longer periods without worrying about it going to waste.
Types Of Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake comes in various flavors, including pineapple, vanilla, chocolate, orange, and lemon. These cakes are characterized by a light and fluffy sponge-like texture, achieved by omitting egg yolks, fats, butter, shortening, or oil from the recipe. After preparing the basic cake, it can be enjoyed in several ways such as dusting with icing sugar, glazing, frosting, or adding a dollop of cream. The possibilities for decorating, frosting, or filling the cake are virtually limitless once the base is prepared.
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Homemade Angel Food Cake Recipes
- 1 and a half cups of egg whites, at room temperature (approximately 10 to 12 large eggs)
- 1 cup of cake flour
- A pinch of salt
- 1 and a quarter cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Adjust the rack to the lower third of the oven.
- In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour and salt twice. Set aside.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until foamy and bubbly for approximately one minute.
- Gradually add granulated sugar, one tablespoon at a time over high speed. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract slowly while mixing.
- Continue beating until medium-stiff peaks form for approximately 8 minutes. The mixture should be thick, shiny and look like marshmallow cream when done.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add in flour mixture just until combined. Do not over-mix.
- Pour batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cake is lightly browned, and the surface springs back when gently pressed.
- Invert the pan onto upside-down wire cooling rack to cool completely before removing from pan.
- Slice and serve with your choice of toppings or enjoy plain. Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, covered with plastic wrap or an airtight container.
FAQ: Angel Food Cake
Why did my angel food cake collapse while baking?
The spongy structure of your angel food cake may have collapsed during baking due to certain factors. Specifically, until the cake is entirely cooled, its structure hasn’t fully set. Ensuring it doesn’t collapse during this process involves flipping it upside down. Some angel food cake pans are equipped with feet, allowing you to conveniently flip the pan over and let it cool.
Can you freeze frosted angel food cake cupcakes and slices?
To freeze frosted angel food cake cupcakes and slices, tightly wrap them and place them in the freezer. It can be a bit tricky to ensure they don’t get squished in the freezer. When it comes to defrosting, simply move them to the counter at room temperature for a few hours before serving.
Is angel food cake healthy to eat?
Angel food cake can be considered a healthier dessert option due to its low calorie and fat content. As it is made with beaten egg whites and does not contain egg yolks or butter, the cake is fat-free. Therefore, enjoying a full-size portion of angel food cake on occasion should not significantly impact an otherwise healthy diet.
Why do angel food cakes have a hole?
Angel food cakes have a hole in the center tube for a specific reason. The hole allows the cake batter to rise higher by clinging to all sides of the pan. Unlike pans used for other cakes, the angel food cake pan should not be greased. This unique feature provides the cake with a surface to crawl up and helps it to rise even more effectively.
Why did my angel food cake sink in the middle?
The sinking of an angel food cake in the middle may occur due to various reasons, including but not limited to:
- Use of an undersized pan.
- Excessive liquid content in the batter.
- Opening the oven or moving pans during the baking process.
- Inaccurate oven temperature or insufficient baking time.
In case your angel food cake is still in the oven and you observe sinking in the middle, it is recommended to provide it with additional time before opening the oven door or removing the cake. It is important to note that once a cake has sunk, it cannot be rebaked to rectify the issue.
Winifred Bond is the CEO of Choyhona, an Uzbeki restaurant located in the heart of New York City. Winifred has always loved food and cooking, and decided to open her own restaurant after spending time traveling in Uzbekistan. The decor of Choyhona is based on Winifred’s memories of her time in Uzbekistan, and she works hard to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for her guests. The food at Choyhona is authentic Uzbeki cuisine, and it is unlike anything else in New York City.