The Best Angel Food Cake Topping Ideas And Frostings

The Best Angel Food Cake Topping Ideas And Frostings

Today, we have a ton of delicious angel food cake topping ideas for you to try at home that will take your baking to the next level!

These angel food cake toppings are perfect for any occasion and you can even choose one that fits your skill level, time frame, and theme of the occasion. So, you can choose something as simple as freshly cut fruit with whipped cream, or make something a little more complex like a mocha ganache or a buttercream frosting.

The possibilities are endless and our list will hopefully inspire you to push those flavor pairings and make your angel food cake extraordinary!

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What Is An Angel Food Cake?

Angel food cake is a very popular type of sponge cake that is made with a combination of flour, egg whites, and sugar. What makes this cake unique from other types of sponge cake is that it doesn’t contain any fat (like butter) or egg yolks.

The way this cake is made is by whipping the egg whites to soft peaks before gently folding in the remaining ingredients. So, thanks to the ingredients used and the way they are prepared, you are left with an incredibly delicious, light, and fluffy cake.

This cake can be easily recognized not only by its pale color but by its shape. It is commonly baked inside a bundt pan or tube pan. After it has been baked, you have an endless list of angel food cake topping ideas to choose from.

How To Choose The Best Angel Food Cake Toppings

The internet is filled with thousands of angel food cake ideas, but how do you know which to choose? It can all be very overwhelming but follow our simple tips to help you narrow down the best topping for your cake.

First, decide how much work you want to put into the topping for your angel food cake. You can choose a simple cake topping like fresh-cut fruits, or make something a little more complex or elaborate, like buttercream frosting.

Then, decide on the flavor profile you are looking for. There are many classic toppings for angel food cakes like berries, whipped cream, and even vanilla frosting. But, you can also make your flavor profile more interesting.

Because this cake has a very neutral flavor, you can pair it with virtually all other flavors. We love adding something salty with the sweet cake, but you can also go for classic chocolate-flavored toppings.

Quick and easy angel food cake topping ideas

Some of the best angel food cake ideas are those with simple toppings. This can be anything from fresh berries, cut tropical fruit like kiwi, pineapple, and mango, or some chopped nuts.

You can also add some freshly whipped sweet cream, softened Mascarpone cheese, a dollop of Greek yogurt, or a nut spread like Nutella. Another fantastic and easy idea is a royal icing. You can lightly drizzle it over the cake before topping it with fruits or nuts.

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Sauce toppings for angel food cake

Another very overlooked category of toppings are dessert sauces. These function in a similar way to frostings, however, they add a lot more moisture because they are runnier.

Some of our favorite types of sauces to add as an angel food cake topping are ganaches, berry sauces, caramel sauces, and any type of citrus sauce. You can be very experimental when it comes to making these sauces.

For example, make a lemon curd dessert sauce or a salted caramel sauce. And, with ganaches, you can make a classic dark chocolate ganache or a coffee-flavored ganache.

Frostings for angel food cake

Moving on to frostings, this is also a topping you can play around with. You can even turn a simple buttercream frosting into one with more complex notes. Try making a peanut butter cream cheese frosting, a lemon-flavored Italian meringue, or even something like a grapefruit curd.

What You Will Need To Make A Chocolate Ganache Sauce

Ingredients

  • 340 grams (12 ounces) dark chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup extra fine sugar (castor sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

Equipment

  • Medium heat-proof bowl
  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Chop the chocolate

Regardless of what chocolate you choose to use, make sure the chocolate pieces are finely chopped. This will help them melt easier and at a more even pace.

Step 2: Heat the cream and sugar

Place the cream and fine sugar into a medium saucepan. Gently heat the cream and whisk until all of the sugar has dissolved. Add the butter and whisk until it is fully melted.

Step 3: Melt the chocolate

Pout the heated cream over the chopped chocolate and gently whisk the ingredients together until they are evenly mixed. You should have a nice thick and smooth ganache.

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Tips and tricks for ganache

Your ganache will start setting as it cools. To reheat it, simply place it inside the microwave or oven using a low temperature.

You can thin the consistency of your ganache by whisking in heated cream or milk. You can also make it thicker by heating your already made ganache and pouring it over more chopped chocolate.

To make a flavored ganache, try to infuse the cream with the flavor. For example, if you want to make a coffee-flavored ganache, simply add some instant coffee to the cream. White chocolate is also a great “neutral” chocolate that will allow you to elevate other flavors.

Servings and preparation time

Preparation Time Cooking Time Servings
5 minutes 5 minutes 2 cups

What You Will Need To Make A Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature.
  • 2 cups (280 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or essence
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) salted caramel, room temperature

Equipment

  • Electric mixer
  • Medium bowl

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Beat the butter

Place the butter inside the mixing bowl and beat it until it is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on a high speed. Make sure to scrape the sides so that all of the butter gets evenly whipped.

toppings for angel food cake

Step 2: Add the powdered sugar

Next, slowly add the powdered sugar in two batched while the mixer is running at a low speed. Remember again to scrape down the sides so that all of the ingredients can be evenly incorporated. Then, increase the speed to high and continue beating the buttercream frosting until it is light and fluffy.

Step 3: Add the remaining ingredients

Add the vanilla and salted caramel and mix them in until you have a uniform mixture. You may need to slightly heat the salted caramel sauce otherwise a thick one won’t incorporate well.

Tips and tricks for salted caramel buttercream frosting

You can also use a homemade salted caramel sauce instead of a store-bought one.

Make sure you use room temperature softened butter. If your butter isn’t soft enough, it will create lumps inside your frosting. These lumps will eventually melt and cause the frosting to potentially separate and become grainy.

Servings and preparation time

Preparation Time Total Time Servings
5 minutes 15 minutes 3 cups

The Best Toppings For Angel Food Cake

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The Best Angel Food Cake Topping Ideas And Frostings

Today, we have a ton of delicious angel food cake topping ideas for you to try at home that will take your baking to the next level! These angel food cake toppings are perfect for any occasion and you can even choose one that fits your skill level, time frame, and theme of the occasion. So, you can choose something as simple as freshly cut fruit with whipped cream, or make something a little more complex like a mocha ganache or a buttercream frosting.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: angel food cake ideas, angel food cake topping ideas, angel food cake toppings, toppings for angel food cake
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Cakedecorist

Equipment

  • Medium heat-proof bowl
  • Medium saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 340 grams 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup extra fine sugar, castor sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

Instructions

  • Chop the chocolate.
    Regardless of what chocolate you choose to use, make sure the chocolate pieces are finely chopped. This will help them melt easier and at a more even pace.
    340 grams 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • Heat the cream and sugar.
    Place the cream and fine sugar into a medium saucepan. Gently heat the cream and whisk until all of the sugar has dissolved. Add the butter and whisk until it is fully melted.
    1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup extra fine sugar, castor sugar, 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Melt the chocolate. Pout the heated cream over the chopped chocolate and gently whisk the ingredients together until they are evenly mixed. You should have a nice thick and smooth ganache.

Notes

Your ganache will start setting as it cools. To reheat it, simply place it inside the microwave or oven using a low temperature.
You can thin the consistency of your ganache by whisking in heated cream or milk. You can also make it thicker by heating your already made ganache and pouring it over more chopped chocolate.
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