Beat blood pressure blues with angel food cake

October 9, 2015

Angel food cake is a dream dessert for cholesterol-conscious eaters: with blood pressure fighting nutrients in a yummy package, what's not to love? Follow this lemon angel food cake with strawberries recipe, and enjoy!

Beat blood pressure blues with angel food cake

Preparation time 20 minutes; Cooking time 50 minutes; Serves 12



  • 1 bag (600 g/20 oz) frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) orange juice


  • 12 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 6 ml (1 1/4 tsp) cream of tartar
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) salt
  • 275 g (1 1/4 c) sugar
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) grated lemon zest
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla
  • 250 g (1 c) flour


  1. Combine strawberries and orange juice in large bowl. Refrigerate
  2. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in large bowl with electric mixer until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar, 30 millilitres (2 tablespoons) at a time, until thick, soft peaks form. Beat in lemon zest and vanilla
  3. Gently fold flour into egg-white mixture, 50 grams (1/4 cup) at a time, until incorporated. Spoon into an ungreased 25-centimetre (10-inch) angel food or tube (Bundt) pan. Bake until top springs back when lightly pressed, about 50 minutes
  4. Invert cake pan to cool. If pan does not have legs, hang pan over the neck of a bottle. Cool cake completely. Run metal spatula around edges and centre of pan, then invert onto cake platter. Serve with strawberries and juice.

More Ideas

  • Make this cake with any other berries; raspberries and blueberries are both good choices
  • Add 75 grams (1/3 cup) mini chocolate chips to the batter. You get plenty of chocolate flavour, but with less overall fat than a chocolate cake

Health Points

When you just have to have cake, angel food is a great choice. It's low in sodium and has no fat or cholesterol; its only vice is its relatively plentiful sugar content. However, since it uses a fresh fruit topping rather than a fatty, sugary frosting, you have the almost perfect healthy dessert.

Key nutrients per serving:

  • 160 Calories, 0 Calories from Fat
  • 0 g Fat/0 g Saturated Fat/0 g Trans Fat
  • 5 g Protein
  • 35 g Carb
  • 1 g Fibre
  • 135 mg Sodium

Blood pressure nutrients:

  • 21 mg Vitamin C
  • 11 mg Magnesium
  • 184 mg Potassium
  • 13 mg Calcium

Angel food cake is the perfect option for an (almost) guilt-free dessert treat. Whipped up from egg whites but no yolks, this lofty delight doesn't even require shortening. The vividly colourful fruit sauce makes this cake worthy of a festive occasion.


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