Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze

Have you ever made an angel food cake from a box mix? I was absolutely delighted at how delicious it is, not to mention easy. And, all you have to add is WATER! This Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze is a dream to make and your guests will rave over it! #angelfood #cake #dessert #summer #bakedgoods

Have you ever made an angel food cake from a box mix? I am absolutely delighted at how delicious it is, not to mention easy. And, all you have to add is WATER! This Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze is a dream to make and your guests will rave over it! #angelfood #cake #dessert #summer #bakedgoods

Have you ever made an angel food cake from a box mix? I am absolutely delighted at how delicious it is, not to mention easy. And, all you have to add is WATER! This Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze is a dream to make and your guests will rave over it! #angelfood #cake #dessert #summer #bakedgoods

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Angel food cake. I’ve never made one from scratch, but I’ve heard it involves lots and lots of eggs and lots and lots of beating them.  That doesn’t sound fun to me! Especially now that I know you can make a totally FABULOUS angel food cake from a box mix!

If you’ve never done it, you’re likely doubting me right now. However, I have to tell you that you’ve GOT to try one – it’s absolutely going to knock your socks off, especially when you ice it with the citrus glaze that I’ve included in this recipe, that came from my friend, Alma June, who in turn got it from her sister, Sue – or at least that’s how I THINK the story goes. 🙂

Let’s Talk About the Ingredients You’ll Need For Making a Classic Angel Food Cake with a Citrus Glaze

1 angel food cake box mix

I happen to prefer Duncan Hines, but I’m betting they are all about the same. And, to make an angel food cake from a box mix, all you need is an electric mixer and water! You may be wondering where the egg whites come in since an angel food cake is always made from lots of egg whites.  Well, when you make an angel food cake from a box mix, the egg whites are definitely in there, but they are dehydrated within the mix.  Adding the water is what activates the egg whites!

Powdered sugar

Also known as confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar, powdered sugar is a finely ground sugar that’s milled into a powdered state to be light and fluffy.  It usually contains a small amount of anti-caking agent to prevent clumping, too.

Melted butter

I use unsalted butter because I like to add my own salt to the mix.

Lemon juice and orange juice

Because you are using fresh lemons and fresh oranges for the zest, you can also use them for the juice….unless you just prefer to use what you’ve already got in the fridge for breakfast.

Lemon zest and orange zest

Don’t you dare skip this ingredient!  Yes, it’s a very tiny amount, but that zest packs a TON of flavor and brightness into this glaze and really makes it pop when paired with the angel food cake. You’ll want to get a Microplane citrus zester (one of my top kitchen tools!) to make zesting such a breeze that you won’t mind EVER doing it!

Teeny tiny pinch of kosher salt

A smidge of salt can really cut the bitter, sharp edge of sugar, nicely rounding it out on your palate.  Taste the glaze before you add the salt, then again after you add the salt – you’ll see a huge difference!

Recipe Tips for Making a Classic Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze

  • I’ve never made an angel food cake.  Is it difficult?

Making an angel food cake from scratch involves beating lots and lots of egg whites.  And that is exactly why I was really overjoyed to learn how delicious ((and easy!) making a classic angel food cake from a box mix is – who knew?? Ever since learning this, I’ve never even bothered to worry about making an angel food cake from scratch and I bet you’ll discover the very same thing.

  • What kind of a pan do I need for making a classic angel food cake?

An angel food cake is typically baked in a tube pan (also known as an angel food cake pan) that comes in two pieces, having a removable insert and the outer base. This insert is actually what lets you lift the angel food cake out of the base of the pan, once it’s baked.

  • If I don’t have a bundt pan, can I make an angel food cake in a loaf pan?

You sure can, and from one box mix, you will get at least two loaf pan cakes, which is really nice.  When you slice these loaf pan cakes, the slices are typically smaller (not as tall) as when you slice an angel food cake that’s made in a regular angel food cake pan, but the difference is barely noticeable.

  • Why do you invert a baked angel food cake to let it cool?

When an angel food cake bakes, the rise is created from the egg whites (when using a box mix, the egg whites are dehydrated within the mix) and until an angel food cake cools completely, it’s structure isn’t set.  Allowing an angel food cake to cool upside down makes sure it’s doesn’t collapse in on itself.  Once you lift the cake and the center insert up out of the base, you can invert the center ring onto the neck of a bottle and let it cool.  (I use my olive oil bottle or a wine bottle.)

 

Have you ever made an angel food cake from a box mix? I am absolutely delighted at how delicious it is, not to mention easy. And, all you have to add is WATER! This Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze is a dream to make and your guests will rave over it! #angelfood #cake #dessert #summer #bakedgoods

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Have you ever made an angel food cake from a box mix? I was absolutely delighted at how delicious it is, not to mention easy. And, all you have to add is WATER! This Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze is a dream to make and your guests will rave over it! #angelfood #cake #dessert #summer #bakedgoods
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Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze

Have you ever made an angel food cake from a box mix? I am absolutely delighted at how delicious it is, not to mention easy. And, all you have to add is WATER! This Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze is a dream to make and your guests will rave over it! #angelfood #cake #dessert #summer #bakedgoods

Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked goods
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

Angel Food Cake

  • 1 angel food cake box mix (I prefer Duncan Hines), mixed and baked in an angel food cake pan, according to package directions, cooled completely

Glaze

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs. melted butter
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. fresh orange zest
  • tiny smidge of kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the glaze ingredients, whisk ing until smooth.

  2. Drizzle the prepared glaze over the angel food caked, as desired. Slice and serve.

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Please Note: This recipe was happily shared on The Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck and Southern Bite’s Meal Plan Monday. 

 

Have you ever made an angel food cake from a box mix? I am absolutely delighted at how delicious it is, not to mention easy. And, all you have to add is WATER! This Easy Angel Food Cake with Citrus Glaze is a dream to make and your guests will rave over it! #angelfood #cake #dessert #summer #bakedgoods

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