Hazelnut Angel Food Cake

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this
light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!I’ve always loved berries.  It doesn’t matter what kind of berry.  I don’t discriminate.  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries.  You name it, chances are I love it.  (More accurately, chances are I’ll take it and turn it into a berry cobbler!)

When my wife and I moved into our first house in Atlanta, we planted a sizable garden along the sunny side of the house.  Thanks to the wonderful heat and humidity in the South, we pretty much just tossed some seeds on the ground and ended up with a pretty impressive garden.  We had more tomatoes than we knew what to do with…literally.  I remember eating bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes for dinner on more than one occasion.  We gave away bags and bags of tomatoes.  And we still had more!  Unfortunately, our blueberries and blackberries were a different story.

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!So what happened to those blueberries and blackberries, you ask?  Well, the plants were quite happy.  In fact, they were huge.  And they were loaded with little blueberry and blackberry flowers.  But as soon as the berries showed up, so did the birds and the rabbits.  We tried everything to keep the birds from eating all of our berries.  We hung strips of mylar off of the fence posts.  That worked for about a week until the birds figured out our trick.  Then I got serious.  I put a couple of additional posts in the ground and wrapped the whole darn garden with bird netting.  That thing was like the Fort Knox of berries.  But then the rabbits just chewed straight through the netting.  I finally gave up and settled for sharing our berry crop with the local wildlife.  (By sharing, I mean they got 95% of the berries while we got the 5% that was hidden under the leaves.)

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!One of the first things we did when we moved into our home here in upstate New York was plant a ton of berry bushes.  We have blueberries, blackberries and raspberries all along the back fence.  We even planted arctic kiwi (think miniature kiwi), and they are incredibly happy.  Arctic kiwi vines often take 3-4 years to produce fruit, though…and we’re hoping this might be the year!  The local wildlife (i.e. chipmunks) have oddly shown little interest in our berries.  (Well, to be fair, we did try to plant strawberries…but apparently chipmunks love strawberries.  They burrowed under, around and over our wire cages.  We no longer grow strawberries.)

Needless to say, in the summer and early fall, we’re loaded with berries.  But seeing as how I haven’t actually seen our yard in months thanks to the snow, we don’t have a lot of berries right now.  But then our local supermarket had a huge sale on berries the other day.  I grabbed a basket and loaded up!  Aside from eating them plain, one of my favorite ways to serve fresh berries is alongside a piece of angel food cake.  For this version, I added a splash of International Delight’s Fat Free & Sugar Free Toasted Hazelnut creamer.  The creamer is an easy way to add flavor without adding calories.  The result was a light and airy angel food cake with a hint of nutty flavor.  My wife called it the most delicious angel food cake she had ever eaten…and I agreed!

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!This Hazelnut Angel Food Cake is the perfect dessert for this time of the year.  We’re all about delicious comfort food lately as it helps us forget about how cold it is outside.  But comfort food isn’t always the healthiest option.  That’s where this angel food cake comes in.  This light sponge cake totally fulfills my sweet tooth…especially when it’s served along with a bunch of fresh berries!  Enjoy!

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!

Hazelnut Angel Food Cake

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 145kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar divided
  • 12 large egg whites room temperature
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 Tbsp International Delight Toasted Hazelnut creamer
  • whipped cream for serving
  • Assorted fresh berries for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a large bowl, sift together the flour and 2/3 cup of sugar. Stir until well combined; set aside.
  • Using a countertop mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar. Beat until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add the remaining sugar that was not mixed with the flour to the bowl. After each addition, mix on medium speed until combined.
  • Add the creamer and mix until combined.
  • Finally, fold the flour-sugar mixture into the egg white mixture until it is fully absorbed. (Note: Take care not to overmix the batter at this stage.)
  • Gently spoon batter into an ungreased tube pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 34-36 minutes, or until top of cake is light golden brown in color. (Tip: Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out dry or with just a crumb or two, then cake is done.)
  • Leave cake in pan and turn upside down on a cooling rack; cool for at least 1 hour.
  • Loosen edges of cake and carefully remove cake from pan; serve with whipped cream and assorted fresh berries.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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33 Comments

    1. Haha…practically! I love fresh berries…I’m pretty sure I could eat berries for every meal and be perfectly happen. Maybe I was meant to be a caveman or something…haha!

    1. It makes for a great addition to cakes, Becca! Give it a shot sometime! But be careful…that creamer is magical. Whatever you put it in disappears immediately. 🙂

  1. Nice writing and those berry photos with the cake are perfect. I love the story of the South and throwing the seeds! I’ve not heard of the tiny kiwi you mentioned, but will check them out. Hope all of your berry plants survive your snow season. As for the Angel Food Cake, it looks beautiful!

    1. The berry plants do surprisingly well in the snow up here. We’ve got blackberries, raspberries and kiwis…oh and strawberries until last year when we pulled them all out thanks to the friendly little chipmunks. I can’t wait for Spring to see all of the plants coming back!!

  2. The colors of those berries are just popping in your photos David – simply marvelous! We have wild strawberries growing in the oddest places in my back yard – they are like kudzo!
    Btw, I love your idea of sharing! So when I come to visit – I can expect 95% of any dessert you might have while you and Laura divide the remaining 5% between y’all? Such swell hosts! 🙂

    1. Yes! I’ll let you and the chipmunks share the 95%…just be prepared for an all-out war. Those little guys might look cute, but they are wily as heck. You might be lucky if you manage to grab .1%!

    1. Thank you so much, Christina! Angel food cake is a favorite…but I never think about making it. It was a great addition along with all of the fresh berries! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Manali! I also love how light and airy angel food cake is…but for some reason, I never think about making it around here. I’m really glad I made this one…and that hazelnut flavor was awesome! It was subtle, but it added a fun nutty flavor to the cake. Happy Thursday!

    1. It’s been far too long since we’ve had bruschetta with tomatoes, too! I wish there was something awesome you could create with snow…because I know where you can get a TON of it. I’m definitely dreaming of the grill and fresh garden fruits and veggies now!

  3. oh now that’s an angel food cake! Love love the addition of hazelnut. I can only imagine how delicious it is with the fresh berries!

    1. Thanks so much, Zainab! The angel food cake was perfect with the fresh berries…now if only this snow would melt so that we can get back to growing berries in the backyard! I suspect another angel food cake will be on the agenda come berry season this summer. 🙂

  4. No joke if you google berries and Australia, you’ll see there’s a huge outbreak of people getting Hepatitis from it- It’s insane. So at the moment, me and berries are having a break.

    That is such a neat addition to angel food cake- Light, fluffy and so hard not to eat the whole thing (the worst part about Angel Food cakes)

    1. What? Berries and hepatitis? I’ve never heard of such a thing! Even though I love berries, I’d have to stay away from them too if it meant hepatitis. You should just move to the States. And if you’re in my area, I’ll gladly share some hepatitis-free berries from my backyard with you this summer!

  5. I can’t even count all the Angel Food Cake fails I’ve experienced. Eventually I had to stop because it drove me mental.
    So I’m going to give it one more try with your recipe, but if disaster strikes and I end up in a psych ward, you are going to pay my bills. MMkay?

    1. Hahaha! Well, I will gladly take on that challenge, Mike…because this recipe is legit. Just make sure to keep all of that wonderful air in the batter when you pour it into the pan. A deflated angel food cake would be sad. But don’t blame me when you can’t stop eating this cake…it’s delicious!!

    1. If I had a slice left, I’d send it over to you, Bianca…but…well…I ate it all. 🙂 Angel food cake is so odd in that it’s all egg whites, but it’s so tasty, too!

  6. The berries…. excuse me while I swoon for a moment… I love berries and in wintertime? I love them even more. I preserve them during the summer so I have the best tasting berries all winter long but I never freeze enough. Nothing says summertime like angel food cake and fresh berries. I am sure the hazelnut angel food cake is the best.

    1. We always freeze a bunch of berries, too, Heather! We pick loads at local farms (or our backyard) in the summer and then save them for winter. We ran out recently, so I grabbed these at the store. It might not be summertime right now, but at least we can pretend with a tasty angel food cake, right? 🙂

    1. Wait…I don’t mean to make you feel inadequate! Please! I can’t even sit in the same room as your delicious cupcakes. Now I know how you feel about hazelnuts, but you need to give this one a shot. It’s a subtle, nutty flavor…and I think it will make you realize the wonder of the hazelnut! 🙂

  7. Angel food cake is one cake I have never baked before. Why? Those darn egg whites! I mean, you have 12 of those suckers in this recipe? What happened to the innocent little yokes? Please tell me they are living happily ever after as lemon curd or something yummy like that? 🙂 All jokes aside, you might make me bite the bullet and finally make an angel food cake. We’ll see. Oh, I love all kinds of berries too! I admire your green thumb because I don’t think I could grow one single berry if I had too!

    1. Tell me about it, Tamara! 12 egg whites! But you know what’s funny…I totally made lemon curd out of some of them. I also made a batch of ice cream out of the rest. Nothing goes to waste around here! But I did have to think out my recipes a bit since 12 yolks is a lot. Haha. Angel food cake is crazy fun to make. You should do it! The biggest thing is making sure you whip up the egg whites nice and stiff (soft peaks). That air in the egg whites is what leads to the nice and airy cake later! 🙂

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