Filled Angel Food Cake

25 05 2013

IMG_5302Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer activities, especially barbeque parties. Typical BBQ fare in the Pacific Northwest generally consists of a main dish of barbequed meat, side salads, chips, fruit, veggie trays, and dessert. As predictable as these meals are, dessert options vary. I have a recipe to share with you that perfectly partners with Pacific Northwest BBQs. Filled Angel Food Cake is a light dessert—needed after a heavy BBQ meal—that stays intact during cool Pacific Northwest weather or if chilled, refreshes on a sweltering day. Filled Angel Food Cake is easy to prepare and makes a festive presentation.

When we married, my husband already had this family recipe for Filled Angel Food Cake. My mother-in-law, queen of fabulous desserts, can make anything requested of her. Even with her backlog of dessert recipes, she chose Filled Angel Food Cake as the finale at one of her milestone birthdays. I know she picked this one because it’s beautiful and delicious—and maybe slightly because it really is so simple and she had mercy on me.

Filled Angel Food Cake is one of those “If I can do this, you can do this” recipes. You easily can change the type of fruit and flavored gelatin used, or decorate the outer layer to your preference—even switching to chocolate whipped topping. If you try a different kind of fruit and the dessert happens to fall apart, then turn it into a trifle! But that won’t happen.

Filled Angel Food CakeIMG_5316

1 8-inch bundt-style Angel Food cake
1 small package strawberry gelatin mixed with 1 cup boiling water
1 8-ounce tub whipped topping
½ cup sliced strawberries

Make gelatin dessert and refrigerate until partially set
Cool cake completely (if baked and not purchased)
Slice 1 inch off top of cake
Slice out entire middle of cake, leaving a 1-inch wall at sides and bottom
Stuff the remaining bottom and top holes with a piece of cake
Beat gelatin on low until frothy
Break removed part of cake into pieces
Mix gelatin, 1 cup whipped topping, strawberries and cake pieces
Fill cake cavity with mix
Replace cake top
Frost entire cake with remaining whipped topping
Decorate with strawberries (and blueberries for an Americana touch)

Note: Double recipe with a 12-inch cake

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2 responses

25 05 2013

what a lovely cake!

25 05 2013

Thank you! It tastes even better than it looks and is pretty much fat-free!

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