Find out if angel food cake is safe for a gluten-free diet, if your favorite brands are gluten-free, and how to make your own at home.
If you love a light and simple cake base for some of your favorite desserts, I’m sure you’re no stranger to angel food cake.
Angel food cake used to be my all time favorite cake growing up. My grandma made one for my birthday every year and she’d pile it high with mountain high frosting. I loved that cake, because it tasted like marshmallows in every bite.
These days, I don’t eat angel food cake because I can’t eat eggs anymore, but I know so many folks who avoid gluten wonder if it’s still good for them to include in their diet (even on special occasions).
Can you eat angel food cake on a gluten-free diet? What recipes do you need? Are there boxed mixes?
There are a lot of questions about this popular cake, which is why I’m dedicating a whole blog post to it! In this post, we’re going to answer questions about what angel food cake is, what it’s made from, and of course find out if it’s gluten-free.
We’ll also touch on whether store bought angel food cake is safe for a gluten-free diet, if some popular brands of the cake mix are good options, and how to get your hands on a gluten-free angel food cake mix.
We’ll wrap up with some recipe options for you to even make your own gluten-free angel food cake at home if your heart desires!
Let’s dig into some yummy cake talk!
What is angel food cake?
Angel food cake is a light and fluffy sponge cake that is sweet with a golden brown exterior and very delicate and soft inside. The cake is usually in a traditional angel food cake pan or bundt pan, a circular-shaped pan with a tube in the center to help the cake cook evenly and throughout the middle.
This cake is popular as a “low fat” cake since it is whipped into a light texture through the use of egg whites and whipped cream instead of butter in many cake recipes.
This cake is often served with whipped cream, white mountain frosting, or with fresh fruit.
Read on: Is whipped cream gluten-free?
What is angel food cake made from?
Most angel food cake recipes call for only a few ingredients. Cake flour, sugar, egg whites, whipped cream, and vanilla extract are the main ingredients.
It’s surprisingly all you need to make this delicious fluffy cake come to life.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat products, and acts as the “glue” that helps to hold wheat, barley, kamut, spelt, farro, durum, bulgur, rye, and semolina together to maintain their shape.
You can find gluten in whole grains, but also in many processed foods as well. If you purchase wheat bread, there will be gluten in it, because wheat by nature has gluten.
Many processed foods have hidden gluten in them in the form of gluten or wheat derivatives. These are also in the form of flavorings, binders to keep ingredients together, or other additives.
Is angel food cake gluten-free?
Most angel food cake is not gluten-free, as cake flour contains wheat. This is not a dessert that you’ll be able to enjoy on a gluten-free diet unless you make some changes to the recipe to use gluten-free cake flour.
Is store bought angel food cake gluten-free?
Almost all store bought angel food cake is not gluten-free and should be avoided on a gluten-free diet. If you happen to find an angel food cake that you think might be gluten-free, do your due diligence to review ingredients lists for hidden gluten before purchasing.
Is Betty Crocker angel food cake gluten-free?
According to the Betty Crocker website, their angel food cake mix contains wheat, egg, and soy ingredients. If you follow a gluten-free diet, avoid purchasing this product.
Is Duncan Hines angel food cake gluten-free?
The Duncan Hines website shows that there are two main allergens in this cake mix: egg and wheat. This angel food cake mix from Duncan Hines is not a good option for a gluten-free diet.
Can I buy gluten-free angel food cake mix?
If you’d love to enjoy angel food cake while still avoiding gluten in your diet, you only really have two options: make it yourself from scratch or buy a mix.
I’ve only been able to find one brand of gluten-free angel food cake mix and that is from the Kinnikinnick brand. This cake mix contains sugar, potato starch, white rice flour, cream of tartar, and salt.
Luckily, this brand tests for gluten, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, and soy, so it’s a good option for you on a gluten-free diet, and also great if you avoid dairy.
You can find this product on Amazon if you aren’t able to find it locally.
Read on: Is rice flour gluten-free?
Read on: Is cream of tartar gluten-free?
Can I make my own gluten-free angel food cake?
You can! There are a number of websites that share some delicious gluten-free angel food cake recipes. Here are a few options I was able to find that look promising.
- Easy Gluten-free Angel Food Cake from Gluten-free Baking
- Gluten-free Angel Food Cake from Gluten-free on a Shoestring
- Gluten-free Angel Food Cake from Mama Knows Gluten free
- Gluten-free Angel Food Cake from King Arthur Baking
- Perfect Gluten-free Angel Food Cake from Meaningful Eats
If you love angel food cake and have been wondering how to enjoy this dessert on your gluten-free diet, I hope this post has helped you get the answers you’ve been looking for. Most angel food cake, whether homemade or store bought, contains gluten in the cake flour.
However, you can make your own gluten-free angel food cake from scratch or buy a boxed mix from the Kinnikinnick brand to be able to enjoy this fluffy and delicious cake any time you wish!