Looking for a special dessert that is maybe a little lighter than your usual choices? Angel food cake is one of my favorites and lighter than your typical cake. Pair it with some berry compote and you have a beautiful dessert – perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day or for anytime really! I love the contrast of the vibrant berry colors on the white angel food cake! And, of course…YUM! Berry sauces are so good! If you wanted just strawberries, you could always do this fresh strawberry sauce. But, mixed berries are delish too! Doesn’t it look so fresh & tasty?!
Homemade Angel Food Cake with Warm Berry Compote Recipe
Angel Food Cake:
- 9 egg whites about 1 and 1/4 cups
- 1 1/2 cups sugar divided
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup mixed berries I used cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice apple or orange juices work well too
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 TBS butter
- Pour egg whites into a large bowl and set aside for 30 minutes (allowing to come to room temperature).
- Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice and set aside in a small bowl.
- Lower oven rack to the lowest position in the oven and preheat oven to 350°.
- Add the cream of tartar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt to the egg whites. Beat mixture on medium speed until soft peaks form. Once soft peaks form, beat on high speed, gradually adding the remaining sugar (a couple tablespoons at a time) until stiff peaks form.
- Gradually fold in flour mixture.
- Carefully spoon batter into a 10-inch tube pan. Gently stir/cut through batter with a knife or fork to remove any air pockets/bubbles.
- Bake 30-40 minutes, until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan over a wire cooling rack and cool completely, at least 1 hour.
- While the cake cools, prepare the berry sauce. In a small sauce pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar and juice, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the berries and stir.
- Turn heat up to medium high and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, while stirring, then turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
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