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Lime Angel Food Cake Recipe

Lime Angel Food Cake Recipe

When my family was in town we made a couple batches of gelato and ice cream. I already shared the Gianduja gelato recipe, but you will have to sit tight for the others:) We saved the egg whites to make lime angel food cake. My sister in law is an expert when it comes to making angel food cake, so I let her take the lead. I watched and took good notes.

We made a lime cake to please Josh, if you follow our blog regularly, you know he is obsessed. My sister in law whipped up the cake in no time. She is a pro! I have made lemon angel food cupcakes, but never a cake. I don’t know why, I love it. I am glad she gave me a lesson. The key is to beat the egg whites until the peaks are soft, not stiff. It took about 10 minutes. I also learned that it is important to sift the flour multiple times. We didn’t need to add vanilla or cream of tartar, because we added in lime juice and zest.

The cake is light, fluffy, with a hint of lime. We all enjoyed a slice with whipped cream for dessert. Josh immediately went back for seconds, he even snuck a piece for breakfast the next morning. This cake is perfect for a light summer dessert. This cake is a new favorite at our house.

*You do need an Angel Food Cake pan to make this cake.*

Lime Angel Food Cake

Yield: 1 cake

Cook Time: 40 minutes


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups egg whites at room temperature (10-12 egg whites)
4 teaspoons lime zest
4 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Sift the flour in a large bowl. Repeat two more times. It is important to sift the flour three times total.

3. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg whites, lime zest, and juice. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on medium speed. Gradually add one cup of the powdered sugar. Keep the mixer running. Add one tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time until it is gone. Beat until egg whites reach soft peaks, about 10 minutes.

4. Gradually add sifted flour to the mixing bowl through a sieve. Do this in three parts. Gently fold the mixture in between each addition. When all the flour is added, gently fold one final time.

5. Pour angel food cake batter into a 10 inch angel food cake pan. Pound the cake pan on the counter to even out the batter and get rid of any bubbles. Do not spray the pan.

6. Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until light golden brown. The cake will spring back when touched. To cool, turn the cake upside down on a bottle or cooling rack. Cool completely. Remove from pan and slice.

Note-you do need an angel food cake pan for this cake.

If you like this angel food cake, you might also like:

Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes from Two Peas and Their Pod
Berry Trifle with Lemon Mousse from Two Peas and Their Pod
Chocolate Angel Food Cake from Dine and Dish
Perfect Angel Food Cake from Baking Bites

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57 Responses to “Lime Angel Food Cake Recipe”

  1. Jessica — June 9, 2010 @ 5:03 am

    I made a lime angel food cake from Bon Appetit a few months ago and it was such a hit! I have been craving it ever since – so light, fluffy and delicious. Your presentation has me drooling!

  2. Brittany — June 9, 2010 @ 5:07 am

    I love Angel Food cake but have never had a lime version. It sounds and looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. I’ve never had a lime version either – yum! Lime is a favorite of mine too.

  4. Pamela — June 9, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    Looks nice. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

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  5. Erica — June 9, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    Looks so light and delicious. Maybe there is something about the name Josh that requires them to love lime 😉

  6. Barbara Bakes — June 9, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    I’ve never had a flavored angel food cake. I know I’d love it.

  7. Jenny Flake — June 9, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    LOVE angel food cake, great addition of Lime :)

  8. Tickled Red — June 9, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    Lime always makes the meal seem that much more fresh and vibrant. Now dessert will be just as soothing. Sorry I haven’t commented on your delicious recipes in a little while, been crazy busy.

  9. All of your desserts with lime are so tempting. Glad to read Josh got his sweet fix too! How is your eye??

    • twopeas replied: — June 9th, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

      My eye is much better. Thanks for asking!

  10. kat — June 9, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    It looks perfect, mine always fall

  11. Rosa — June 9, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    Angel food cake is so delicious! Your lime version looks delightful!



  12. Bonnie — June 9, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    I’ve never tasted lime angel food cake. we love regular angel food cake and I am getting my angel food cake pan out and dusting it off for this recipe. The photos are beautiful.

  13. Elle — June 9, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    You can’t go wrong with angel food cake and lime!
    Oh, and whipped cream, too. Lovely!

  14. rebecca — June 9, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    oh wow love this love citrus cakes

  15. pigpigscorner — June 9, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    I like the idea of lime in this!

  16. Cooking with Kait — June 9, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    I love citrus cakes. This looks wonderful.

  17. all i can say is i’m drooling! i have a few limes at home and i should totally go for it. it’s such a soft satisfying cake yet it doesn’t make you feel stuffed. a winner!

  18. That sounds absolutely delicious – worth going and buying a sifter for!

  19. lo — June 9, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    What a perfect late spring/early summer cake. I can just imagine this soaked in a bit of lime & coriander syrup… so delicious! You might just have me hauling out my angel food cake pan.

  20. Michelle — June 9, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    The lime flavoring is a great change of pace for an Angel Food Cake!

  21. oh YUM! I don’t have an angel food cake pan…think I could just make cupcakes instead?

    • twopeas replied: — June 9th, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

      Yes, you can make cupcakes, it will make a ton, but that is a good thing. Just reduce time and watch them. Check out our lemon angel food cupcakes too. They are so good!

  22. Joanne — June 9, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    Bon Appetit had a lime angel food cake in the magazine a few months back and it really caught my eye. Thanks for reminding me about this. You got the texture perfect!

  23. Tracy — June 9, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    What a light and delicate dessert. Love the addition of lime!

  24. Cookin' Canuck — June 9, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    Angel food cook is always such a tasty dessert, but is so light that I can eat a piece without guilt. I really like the fresh lime take on this.

  25. Gelsey — June 9, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    Mmmmmm…I will try to make this tonight:)…Thanks!

  26. ivoryhut — June 9, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    I’m always looking for recipes to use up egg whites, to justify making custard-based ice cream. This looks delicious!

  27. Sara — June 9, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    Lime? Sounds delicious!! I’ve never made an angel food cake…maybe this will be my starter recipe. :)

  28. megan — June 9, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    I would love the lime version! Thumbs up!

  29. Weekend Cowgirl — June 9, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    I love anything lime so will make this as soon as I can get to the store. Love Angel Food cake and have never had any, but just the plain cake. This will be wonderful!

  30. Mary — June 9, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

    What a wonderful recipe, Maria. It sounds delicious and I know that Josh enjoyed the lime. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  31. Pam — June 9, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    I haven’t had angel food cake for years. Adding the lime is a great idea, I am sure I would love it.

  32. Shaina — June 9, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    I adore angel food cake, and while I’ve mixed in strawberries, I’ve never thought of adding lime. I, too, love lime, so I’ll definitely be adding this to my recipe file to make soon.

  33. Sarah — June 9, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    i love angel food cake. It reminds me of my grandma. She was such a great cook. Lime sounds fabulous.

  34. El — June 9, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    This would make such a great snack right now….so light and fluffy. Delicious!

  35. What a great addition to simple angel food cake!! Light and fluffy – perfect for a summer dessert.

  36. grace — June 10, 2010 @ 3:16 am

    methinks the genius who came up with angel food cake needs to receive a reward of some sort–it’s wonderful. i love your addition of lime–way to freshen up a favorite!

  37. Dish Drainers — June 10, 2010 @ 3:32 am

    Now that’s a lovely idea… a new one to me. thanks for sharing!

  38. Lori — June 10, 2010 @ 4:11 am

    I love angel food cake and this is the first I’ve seen for the summer. Just beautiful and I especially like the touch of lime.

  39. Angela@spinachtiger — June 10, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    I have made one angel food cake from scratch, but it didn’t turn out. I thought it was too sweet, but i would like to try this one.

  40. Vivienne — June 10, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    wow this is def my type of cake – light and fluffy…i could eat the whole thing 😉
    thanks for sharing the recipe..i cant wait to give it a go too!

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