Can You Freeze Angel Food Cake?


Angel Food cake is one of the most delicate cakes you can make. This is because the key ingredient for it is egg whites whipped to soft peaks of perfection.  So you’ll want to be very gentle in handling your angel food cake. This might bring about the question, “Can you freeze angel food cake?” The short answer is yes. Yes, you can freeze angel food cake. We’ll give you the tips as to how to best accomplish this.

angel food cake with berries and cream
Angel Food Cake with Berries and Cream. Photo by CookThink.

The Best Way To Do It: How To Freeze Angel Food Cake

The best way to freeze angel food cake is to cut it into slices, wrap each one in plastic wrap, and place in zipped freezer bag. This will help keep your delicate cake moist and fresh. It will also help keep other flavors and smells from getting into your cake while it’s in the freezer. We also recommend putting your sealed bags inside a hard plastic container with a lid to keep the cake from getting smooshed by the other items in the freezer.

How Long Can You Freeze Angel Food Cake?

Angel food cake can be kept in the freezer for 4- 6 months. It freezes well and the texture remains good if packaged properly to maintain freshness.

How To Freeze Angel Food Cake

Here is our step-by-step guide to freezing angel food cake:

Step 1: Slice the sponge cake into different pieces or your desired size portions

You can freeze the cake whole or slice it into individual serving sizes to prepare it for the freezer. Either one will work well. Please keep in mind, that you won’t want to attempt to slice the cake after it’s frozen. You’ll likely squish it and ruin the appearance.

Step 2: Label each portion with “use by date”

Prepare zipped freezer bags with a use by date. Your cake can be stored for 4-6 months. Set these bags aside for now.

Step 3: Double wrap each slice with plastic or aluminum foil

Use plastic wrap or foil to gently wrap each slice of cake or your whole cake if preferred. We recommend placing your wrapped cake into the labeled zipped freezer bag that you created in the previous step. Seal the bag well.

Step 4: Put your wrapped cake portion in freezer-safe containers

To keep your angel food cake from getting squished by other items in the freezer, place it inside a plastic freezer safe container with a lid. This will help it to maintain its shape and keep other items from pressing against it.

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How To Defrost Angel Food Cake

Just like packaging your cake properly to freeze it is important, so is the method you use for defrosting your angel food cake. You don’t want to simply set it out on the countertop to thaw at room temperatures. And we don’t recommend using the microwave because you’ll likely end up with a very stiff piece of cake.

Defrosting Your Cake

The best way to defrost your cake is by placing it in the refrigerator, not on the counter at room temperature. It might take a few hours for your cake to defrost, so it’s important to plan ahead so that you don’t have to delay dessert.

Please note that once your angel food cake has been frozen and thawed, it should not be refrozen.

How To Defrost A Frozen Cake Safely?

The safest way to defrost a cake is by placing it directly from the freezer into the refrigerator. This follows food safety recommendations. Please note it can take a few hours for Angel Food Cake to defrost in the refrigerator.  

Thawing A Cake In Its Wrapping

Thawing a cake in its wrapping is a good choice because it will help to keep it from drying out.

Defrost An Unwrapped Cake

If you prefer to defrost your cake in an unwrapped state, you should know that it is at risk of drying out. Keep it wrapped to keep the moisture inside.

How To Thaw Angel Food Cake

Below are step-by-step instructions to thawing angel food cake after it’s been frozen.

Step 1: Refrigerate

Move it from the freezer to refrigerator to defrost. The amount of time it takes to fully thaw will vary depending on the size of cake and the temperature of the refrigerator. Plan ahead and allow plenty of time for your cake to thaw.

Step 2:  Remove Wrapping

Before serving the cake, carefully remove the wrapping and place it on a plate. Top it with any desired toppings.

Step 3: Restore Moisture

As the cake thaws, the moisture will become restored in the wrapped cake if the cake was moist when it was wrapped and frozen.

2 Tips on How To Remove Angel Food Cake From Its Pan

Removing angel food cake from its pan can be quite tricky because it’s so delicate. And you don’t want to have a crumbled cake. That would just be sad. Here are some tips to help you have success with removing your angel food cake beautifully from its baking pan.

Cool It Before Flipping It Out of The Pan

We recommend storing the cake upside down in the pan and allowing it to cool completely before attempting to get it out.

Use A Knife To Run Around The Pan

The second step is to use a knife and run it around all the edges of the pan to help release the cake from the sides of the pan.

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FAQs : Frequently Asked Questions:

Below are questions that are asked frequently about making Angel Food Cake and Angel Food Cake storage.

How Long Does An Angel Food Cake Last?

The length of time that angel food cake will last depends on its current state. If it is freshly prepared and has been placed in the refrigerator, it will last 1 to 2 days. If it has been properly wrapped and placed in the freezer, it can last for up to six months.

Angel Food Cake Pan

When making an angel food cake, for best results use an angel food cake pan. These pans do not have a non-stick coating and have a hole in the center which is specially designed for the best results for baking angel food cakes.

How to Prepare the Cake Pan

Nothing needs to be done to prepare the cake pan if you’re using an angel food cake pan. These pans are perfectly designed for best results for your cake.

The Best Way to Cool Your Angel Food Cake

To cool an angel food cake, remove the pan from the oven and tip it upside down. If your pan has little legs on it, allow those to hold the pan in place upside down while it cools. If it does not have legs, you can tip your pan upside down on the top of a bottle.

How to Know When Your Cake is Done

Your angel food cake is done when the top begins to turn a golden brown and the batter in the cracks is no longer liquid.

Can You Refrigerate and Freeze Angel Food Cake?

Yes, you can do both. Refrigerate your cake for short term storage or freeze it for long term storage.

How To Freeze A Whole Angel Food Cake

A whole angel food cake can be frozen in the same manner as cake slices are frozen. Use our step-by-step instructions for wrapping and freezing your cake above.

How To Freeze Sliced Angel Food Cake

The thing about sliced angel food cake is that it dries out faster because more surface area is exposed to the air. The best way to freeze sliced angel food cake is by using our step-by-step guide outlined above. 

How To Store Angel Food Cake So It Stays Fresh

You can do one of two things to enjoy your angel food cake fresh. Those are to eat it right away or to wrap it and store it in the refrigerator or freezer. Our choice is to eat it.

How To Make The Best Angel Food Cake To Freeze

Angel food cake is naturally a good cake to freeze because if its texture, delicacy and lightness.

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Can You Leave Angel Food Cake In Its Pan Overnight?

Yes, you can leave angel food cake in the pan it was baked in overnight. For best results, leave it tipped upside down and cover the exposed portions of cake with plastic wrap.

How Far In Advance Can You Make Angel Food Cake?

If you’re making angel food cake more than a day in advance, you’ll want to wrap it and store it in the freezer. And when defrosting it, you’ll want to move it to the refrigerator and follow our instructions above.

When To Let Your Cake Go

If your cake has any green spots, smells weird after you’ve given it a quick smell test, then err on the side of caution and throw it out. Don’t take any chances.

How Long Does Angel Food Cake Last In The Fridge?

Angel food cake can last for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator.

What Happens When You Freeze Angel Food Cake?

Angel food cake is actually one of the best cakes to freeze. Just wrap it properly for the best results.

Can You Bake Angel Food Cake in a 9×13 pan?

Yes, you can bake angel food cake in a 9×13 pan. But for the best results, we recommend using an angel food cake pan which is designed especially for angel food cake.

Do I Have To Bake Angel Food Cake In A Tube Pan?

You don’t have to use a tube pan for your cake, but you should choose a pan without non-stick coating. An angel food cake needs to adhere to the side of the cake pan while it’s baking and stay there while it cools. Otherwise, it will fall because it is so delicate. The angel food cake pan is designed to allow the batter to stick to the outside edges as well as the inside tube.

Why Does Angel Food Cake Pan Have a Hole In The Middle?

It gives a place for the batter to adhere while the cake is baking. This helps to hold the cake up rather than allowing it to fall.

Can You Bake Angel Food Cake In Round Pans?

You can bake angel food cake in round cake pans if you choose. However, you’ll want to line the bottom of the pan with greased foil or waxed paper to allow the cake to come out of the pan after it cools.

Why Won’t Angel Food Cakes Fall Out of The Pan When Placed Upside Down?

Angel food cakes won’t fall out of the pan when placed upside down if you use a non-greased pan as instructed. Part of the success of an angel food cake is that it adheres to the sides of the pan when it’s baking.

Can I Use An Angel Food Cake Pan Instead of A Bundt Pan?

Yes, and angel food cake pan is preferred over a Bundt pan for an angel food cake. Bundt pans usually have a non-stick surface that complicates things and can cause the cake to fall since it cannot adhere to the edge of the pan.

How Do You Get Angel Food Cake Out of The Pan?

The best way to get angel food cake out of the pan is to allow the cake to cool completely while it’s upside down. Then flip it back once it’s cooled and use the tube to pull the cake out. Run a knife along all the edges including the bottom to free the cake from the pan. Invert the cake so that it is placed on a serving plate.  

How to Make Strawberry Sauce for Angel Food Cake

Place sliced and hulled strawberries into a saucepan over medium low heat.  Add desired amount of sugar and cornstarch and cook until the strawberries begin to break down and the sauce thickens. Serve warm or let cool and enjoy.

Does Pineapple Angel Food Cake Need To Be Refrigerated

We recommend refrigerating any type of angel food cake for food safety reasons.

Can You Freeze Pineapple Angel Food Cake?

Yes, pineapple angel food cake can be frozen. Use the same step-by-step instructions as outlined for plain angel food cake. Cake is best frozen without whipped cream and fresh fruit applied.

Recipe Variation: Pineapple Angel Food Cake – 2 Ingredient Recipe

If you’re looking for a new twist on a traditional angel food cake, try this easy recipe that uses only 2 ingredients. You’ll need a can of crushed pineapple and angel food cake mix. Whip them together on high speed and bake as directed on the box.

When To Serve Pineapple Angel Food Cake

Pineapple Angel Food Cake can be served any time. It is perfect for drop in company, a luncheon or tea, potlucks, an after school snack or every day dessert.

Weight Watchers Pineapple Angel Food Cake Recipe

The above 2 ingredient recipe can qualify as a weight watcher recipe.

Weight Watchers Instant Pot Pineapple Angel Food Cake

You can make this 2 ingredient pineapple angel food cake in an instant pot. Just follow the instant pot guidelines for baking your cake.

Easy Weight Watchers Instant Pot Pineapple Angel Food Cake

The 2 ingredient recipe is quite simple and throwing in the fact that you can cook it in a matter of minutes in your instant pot simplifies it even more. 

What Pan is Best For This Angel Food Cake With Crushed Pineapple?

We recommend using a Bundt cake pan for the recipe with crushed pineapple due to the density of the cake. If you don’t have a Bundt pan, you can also opt to use two loaf pans.

Bonus Tips on Storing Angel Food Cake Properly

Below are all our tips combined about storing and particularly freezing angel food cake.

10 Essential Tips To Freeze Angel Food Cake

1. Do not re-freeze cake that has already been frozen and thawed.

2. You can use a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil to wrap your angel food cake for the freezer. Or use two layers of plastic wrap.

3. Wrapping your cake for the freezer and refrigerator matters a lot so that your cake doesn’t pick up the other flavors of food that are there.

4. Allow the cake to cool completely before wrapping and storing it.

5. Remove any excess air from the zipped freezer bags and make sure they’re sealed well.

6. Label the bags with the date the cake should be used by.

7. Place cake to be frozen in a plastic freezer safe container with a lid to protect is from getting smashed.

8. Try not to let thawed cake be exposed to the air for too long, which will dry it out.

9.  Serve your angel food cake with real whipped cream. But for best results freeze the cake plain, before any toppings are added.

10. To not freeze fresh fruit or berries on the cake. Wait to prepare and serve those when you’re ready to serve the defrosted cake.

The Best Way To Store Plain Angel Food Cake

Step 1: Cool

Allow the cake to cool completely.

Step 2: Cling Wrap

Use plastic wrap to wrap the whole cake or cake slices.

Step 3: Foil Wrap

After wrapping with plastic wrap, wrap the portions in aluminum foil.

Step 4: Label

Place them inside a zipped freezer bag that is labeled with the date and item.

Step 5: Freeze

Place them inside a plastic freezer safe storage container with a lid to keep it from getting smashed.

How To Freeze Angel Food Cake Leftovers

Step 1: Keep it Fresh

Keep the cake fresh and not out in the open air for too long to help it avoid drying out.

Step 2: Remove Cream Topping

If the cake has already been prepared to be served, you’ll want to remove the whipped cream topping and fruit.

Step 3: Portion

Determine the proper portions that you anticipate serving after the cake is thawed. And cut the cake into those portions.

Step 4: Cling Wrap

Wrap the angel food cake in plastic food storage wrap.

Step 5: Foil Wrap

Wrap the cake in a layer of aluminum foil.

Step 6: Label

Place it inside a zipped freezer bag and label with the name of the item and the date.

Step 7: Freeze

Place in the freezer inside a plastic freezer safe food storage container with a lid.

Freezing Store Bought Angel Food Cake

You can freeze store bought angel food cake if you’d like. We recommend wrapping it and storing it using the same step by step method above.

How To Make Homemade Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake is one of the most delicate cakes you can make. Getting the fluffy egg whites just right is the key to this cake. Follow the instructions carefully below for a successful outcome that those who gather around your table will be sure to enjoy.

Egg Whites

Egg whites are the star of the show when it comes to angel food cake. You’ll want to beat them until soft peaks begin to form.

What To Do With Egg Yolks:

Egg yolks are not wanted for this recipe, but don’t throw them out. You can use them in a variety of other recipes. Here are some ideas:

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12 large egg whites at room temperature
1 ½ tsp cream of tartar
¾ tsp salt
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
1 cup cake flour
1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

2. Sift together sugar, flour and set aside.

3. With an electric mixer and whisk attachment, meat together egg whites, cream and tartar, salt and vanilla until soft peaks begin to form.

4. Fold in the flour and sugar mixture gently, being careful not to deflate the egg whites.

5. Gently spoon the cake batter into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown on top.

6. Turn the pan upside down to allow to cool completely.

7. When ready to serve, run a knife around the edge of the pan to release the cake. Dust with powdered sugar and top with fresh berries.

Recipe Notes:

1. Be sure to use an ungreased pan for this cake. The cake batter needs to be able to stick to the edges of the pan while it bakes. Otherwise, the cake will fall.

2. When mixing the batter, use soft peaks for the egg whites. Do not beat them until stiff peaks form.

Topping Ideas + Storing

Angel Food Cake is delicious when served with fresh real whipped cream made with heavy whipping cream. You can also make your angel food cake beautiful and delicious when topping it with fresh colorful berries such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Your favorite fresh fruit can also be an option for healthy angel food cake topping. Consider drizzling your angel food cake for chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup or caramel syrup to give it a beautiful added dimension and visual appeal.

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