French Toasted Angel Food Cake

For nearly two years I’ve faithfully posted to this blog at least once a week, and to get away from that routine felt strange and a little empty.  I’m glad to be back,  I’ve missed you!

Getting the book manuscript done was a mad dash, and it was strange to see the accumulated pile of work I’d printed out over time reduced to four or five files on a hard drive – but there it was.  Small and tidy.  My effort to inspire creativity through confection.  I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

While I have no red, white and blue concoction for you on this Independence Day, this cake is delicious and celebratory, nonetheless. It’s great if you’re short on time and makes a superb dessert or breakfast for overnight company.

French Toasted Angel Food Cake.

It is as good as it sounds and super easy.  Add a ready-made angel food cake to your grocery list – you’ll thank me later.

French Toasted Angel Food Cake 

adapted from BHG                                                                                              [click for printable version]

Cake:

8″ Angel food cake purchased at grocer’s

6 eggs, beaten

1 cup skim milk

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 tablespoons butter, divided

Maple syrup

Nutmeg

1. Combine the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla in a shallow dish. Whisk until well incorporated.

2. Slice the angel food cake into 8 pieces with a serrated knife.

3. Soak angel food cake slices in the egg mixture for no longer than 1 minute, turning to coat all sides.

4. Place a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add 2 tbsp. of butter to the pan and swirl until melted.

5. Cook 4 slices of cake at a time, turning to cook on all sides until golden.  Add additional 2 tbsp. of butter to pan and let melt before frying the next batch of cake.

6. Place slices on a serving platter in upright cake formation.

7. Cover with maple syrup and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Whipped creme and berries:

1 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons super fine granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon

1 pint of fresh berries, whole or sliced

1. Whip the heavy cream in a medium bowl with a hand mixer at medium-high speed.

2. Gradually pour in the granulated sugar, and then add the vanilla.

3. Increase mixer speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form.

4. Dollop whipped cream over the top of the assembled cake.

5. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

6. Top with fresh berries.

Serve immediately.

Happy July 4th!
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Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
10 years ago

That is an interesting way of serving angel cake! I really love the idea. Really delicious looking.

Congrats on the 2 years and glad to read you again!

Cheers,

Rosa

Heidi D
Heidi D
10 years ago

Well, I for one have missed your posts. I don't comment often, but I check here everyday for updates.

This is a very cleaver idea too. I will have to try it. As always, the photography is beautiful.

p.s. Totally non-related question. Does your pug constantly wheeze and snort? My neighbor's pug does and it just doesn't seem right.

Anyway, Happy 4th of July!

Heather (Heather's Dish)
Heather (Heather's Dish)
10 years ago

This is genius! Seriously, I just ate breakfast and I'm already craving this now!

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
10 years ago

Thanks you all. πŸ™‚

Hi Heidi – yes, one of my pugs has this hacky-wheezy thing he does every so-often, but not constantly. I'm hoping your neighbor's pug isn't left out in the heat for too long. That would be bad and would contribute to much wheezing and snorting.

So good to hear from you!

Marisa
Marisa
10 years ago

Hubs saw this and asked me to make it right away. πŸ™‚

Beautiful sparkler photo! I'm getting my camera + equipment ready for tonight.

Heidiβ€”pugs are notorious for breathing issues due to their smooshed face.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
10 years ago

I can't wait to see your book! All of your hard work and time will definitely pay off:-)

This recipe looks wonderful, such a great way to use angel food cake!

Kayla Jordan
Kayla Jordan
10 years ago

When can we get our hands on the book??
I've just been instructed to make this cake, thank so much for the recipe!

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
10 years ago

Hi Kayla – I don't have a firm date yet. Right now it looks like early 2012. Will definitely post as soon as I know!

Kimber
Kimber
10 years ago

Heather! Welcome back! This recipe will be tried soon! Looks soo yummy…and simple! Congrats on finishing up the book manuscript! Can't wait to purchase!

Jessica @ How Sweet
Jessica @ How Sweet
10 years ago

Could this be any more incredible my friend?! Oh my gosh… drooling!

Lora
Lora
10 years ago

I love AFC and this looks perfect. I can't WAIT for your book.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

This looks like the yummiest thing ever! Yum!

dulce de leche
dulce de leche
10 years ago

beautiful and yummy!!!:)

Johnny
Johnny
10 years ago

Wonderful! Sadly, most of NZ hardly knows what an Angel Food cake is, let alone stock ready made ones! Did you know what troubles I had even trying to find an angel food cake tin!?

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
10 years ago

Oh my gosh! Well, if you ever have that kind of trouble again let me know. I can send you those hard-to-find items!

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box
Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box
10 years ago

This looks amazing! πŸ™‚ AND I love french toast and I LOVE angel food cake! πŸ™‚

Nancie McDermott
Nancie McDermott
10 years ago

Love this, from the milk bottle and cherries to the crown of whipped cream and wistful pups. Congratulations on getting your book MS completed. Eagerly awaiting a copy for my kitchen shelf.

Rescie
Rescie
10 years ago

You were missed, was so happy to have you show up on my list of emails today. Went right out and bought the ingredients and will serve after the fireworks. Adorable dogs as well.

AllThingsYummy
AllThingsYummy
10 years ago

Wow, that looks delicious. Since it had french toast in the title,
I'm deeming it acceptable breakfast food.

Bren @ Flanboyant Eats
Bren @ Flanboyant Eats
10 years ago

that last picture is lovely. makes me want to eat that French toast. So perfect on timing especially since I've been working a lot with different French toasts…

bemelodious
bemelodious
10 years ago

I came across your delicious recipe from tasteologie. As I scrolled through it, I was SO pleasantly surprised to see pugs on the page!! I have a pug too (named Piggie– I'm sure you can guess why), so this makes me a double fan of yours!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
10 years ago

I meant to comment on this earlier but omg it looks sooo good.

I bet angel food toasted up like that is awesome.

And with whipped cream…mmmmm!

Amanda
Amanda
10 years ago

My mind has been blown. French toasted cake? Who would've thought?

Well, you, apparently! Brilliant.

Marla
Marla
10 years ago

Hi Heather! Missed you BUNCHES. This cake is soooo FUN πŸ™‚ Can't wait to see that book of yours. You busy bee you! xxoo

Kristen
Kristen
10 years ago

Absolutely brilliant idea!

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

Ohmygoodness! Genius. πŸ™‚

And I love (supa-love) your cake stand.

Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking
Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking
10 years ago

Heather,
what a phenomenal way to serve this cake! I can't wait to taste it!
Glad you're back – cannot wait for the book!!

brandi
brandi
10 years ago

This looks so pretty sitting together on the stand – and what a fun way to play with angel food cake.

Cookbook Queen
Cookbook Queen
10 years ago

HEATHER!!!

Best idea ever. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

You have the best recipes in all the land.

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
10 years ago

Beautiful. I just recently discovered your blog and am in love. Your photos are absolutely inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

Sue
Sue
10 years ago

We missed you too! I already love French toast, but you've taken it to another league, Heather! Of course it looks gorgeous and your "boys" look cute:)

Shaina
Shaina
10 years ago

This is genius. Absolutely, 100% genius. I'm making this the first chance I get. We love angel food cake, but the bummer is always that the strawberry sauce soaks in too fast. Surely that would be fixed here, but you also benefit from multiple textures.

And I so look forward to your book!

Carolyn Jung
Carolyn Jung
10 years ago

A great way to serve angel food cake. You get the crispy exterior and then the airy, cloud-like interior. Best of both worlds.

Kim Bee
Kim Bee
10 years ago

This just looks so delicious. Glad I found your site.

Angela @ The Dancer Bakes
Angela @ The Dancer Bakes
10 years ago

Why have I never thought of angel food cake french toast before?? Genius. This looks incredibly tasty.

Baking Serendipity
Baking Serendipity
10 years ago

I love this idea! Angel food cake is one of my favorites, and this takes it to an entirely new level. Can I pass it off for breakfast? I think my husband would say, definitely. πŸ™‚

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

I will be adding this to my list, what a splendid idea!

Lili
Lili
10 years ago

Oh my goodness this looks so yummy!! And I just bought a pint of cherries today too. Your little ones are just so sweet, it took me a while to realize you have two. Congrats on finishing your book, I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy when it's published!!! xoxo ~Lili

bakerbynature
bakerbynature
10 years ago

This would be a huge breakfast hit for sure!

Suny Senabre
Suny Senabre
10 years ago

Me ha encantado este Angel food cake a la francesa. Menudo desayuno tan extraordinario.

Besos,

Jayanthy Kumaran
Jayanthy Kumaran
10 years ago

looks irresistably hearty..
new to your space..sure you have a lovely space..
amazing recipe collection with gorgeous clicks..
Am your happy follower now..:)
do stop by mine sometime..

Tasty Appetite

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

This looks amazing! The berries sound great but I bet it would also be wonderful with sliced bananas and a pool of caramel sauce! Thanks, Chris

becky
becky
10 years ago

oh man! that looks incredible!!

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom
Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom
10 years ago

The angle food cake is simple, elegant and yummy! I love to try new things and this one is going in my 'must' stack!

All the best, Katie from
http://www.westiejulep.blogspot.com

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio)
Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio)
10 years ago

Toasted Angel Food!! Brilliant….it looks absolutely delicious too.

susan
susan
10 years ago

this cake is so gorgeous and can we talk about that cake stand? FABULOUS!

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot
Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot
10 years ago

You always have the most creative ideas. I love this! It's like dessert and breakfast at the same time! I'm so excited about your book!

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

This is a really interesting cake! It looks delicious!

Unknown
Unknown
10 years ago

That is so cool

Emma
Emma
10 years ago

Well, the dessert is (sort of) red, white, and brown – that's almost America. Heck, it's good enough for me!

Your pugs'll rack your cake if you don't watch 'em close enough;)