If your angel food cake didn’t rise very high, this Strawberry Snowball Cake is the perfect make-over solution. Must be made in advance, then chilled.
Making an angel food cake from scratch is an exercise in anxiety management for me. Will it rise to the top of the pan? Will the volume hold after I pull it out of the oven?
Luckily, I have the perfect solution if it doesn’t.
This Strawberry Snowball Cake (not to be confused with the pink fluffy concoctions you see next to the Twinkies at the grocery store) is a light and summery dessert full of fresh fruit, angel food cake torn into bite-sized pieces, and whipped cream. I’ve been making it for years, for several very good reasons.
- This dessert can be, and actually must be made ahead so it can be chilled before serving.
- In addition to pineapple, you can try adding different fresh fruits. My favorite is strawberries, but I can imagine that blueberries, peaches, or cherries would be tasty and colorful.
- Use a store-bought angel food cake, a mix, or make your own cake from scratch.
- Although delicious with real whipped cream, whipped topping sold in the freezer section holds up better overnight.
- Coconut on the outside is not required but then it won’t look like a snowball unless coconut is used.
- This recipe is easy to cut in half–and I recommend it. Just use a smaller mixing bowl when assembling. In fact, the cake you see in the pictures is a half-batch that will easily feed 8 people.
A light and summery dessert–the perfect ending for a sumptuous meal
- 2 packages unflavored gelatin (2 tablespoons total)
- 4 tablespoons cold water
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup pineapple juice drained from 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple (add water to make 1 cup if necessary)
- Crushed pineapple from 20-ounce can
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
- 2 8-ounce containers whipped topping
- 1 angel food cake, baked
- Whole strawberries for garnish
- Sprinkle gelatin over cold water and allow to dissolve.
- Add boiling water, pineapple juice, sugar, lemon juice, and strawberries and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate until slightly jelled and gently fold in whipped topping.
- Tear angel food cake into bite-sized pieces.
- Line a 4-quart mixing bowl with plastic wrap or criss-cross 2 long and narrow pieces of wax paper over the bottom of the bowl.
- Then start with a handful of angel food cake pieces as your first layer. Now add a layer of the gelatin/fruit mixture, then another layer of angel food cake. Alternate layers until all is used. It’s a good idea to push the cake pieces against the side as you build your cake so it will hold together and have a firm base for the whipped topping later on.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, turn cake out onto a cake plate with the help of the plastic wrap or wax paper. Remove the wrap and frost with the second container of whipped topping. Decorate with flaked coconut for a “snowball” effect.
Keywords: summertime, holidays, angel food cake ideas