Lime Angel Food Cake Recipe

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Angel Food Cake  – this angel food cake recipe makes a light, fluffy, cake that stands out with its hint of lime. Perfect for a light summer dessert, this angel food cake is a new favorite at our house.

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake Recipe with Lime

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 Trick to How to Make Angel Food Cake

  1. The key is to beat the egg whites until the peaks are soft, not stiff. It took about 10 minutes.
  2. I also learned that it is important to sift the flour multiple times. In this case, we didn’t need to add vanilla or cream of tartar, because we added lime juice and zest.

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.

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

Angel food cake with lime and cream

Lime Angel Food Cake

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  • 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.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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. 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. Looks nice. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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.

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

    1. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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!

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

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

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. I’ve never made angel food cake either! I like the lime twist and the ingredient list is so simple, yum!

  28. This angel food cake looks so fluffy and delicious! I love the addition of lime! It’s perfect for summer!

  29. I’ll admit that I’ve always been too intimidated to make an angel food cake but this just looks so delicious I’m going to have to fight through the fear and try it!

  30. Lime angel food cake sounds amazing!!! I keep meaning to try an angel food cake from scratch!

  31. I love angel food cake and don’t make it nearly often enough! I’ve never made a lime version, but it sounds delicious. My next one will have to be lime!

  32. I absolutely love Angel Food Cake! and to throw some lime to the flavor…perfect. Pretty pictures too 🙂

    One more week!