Torn Angel Food Cake Recipe with Strawberries

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Preview: Make this Torn Angel Food Cake Recipe with Strawberries when you have a leftover angel food cake or an angel food cake fail. It is the perfect make-over solution. Must be made in advance, then chilled.

Torn Angel Food Cake recipe with a view of the inside.

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?

If your angel food cake didn’t rise very high, this Torn Angel Food Cake Recipe with Strawberries is the perfect make-over solution.

This Torn Angel Food Cake Recipe (aka 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 good reasons.

Please note that this dessert must be made in advance, then chilled.

6 things you should know before you make this Torn Angel Food Cake

uncut torn angel food cake covered with whipped cream and garnished with strawberries
  1. This dessert can be, and actually must be made ahead, then chilled before serving.
  2. 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.
  3. Use a store-bought angel food cake, a mix, leftover angel food cake, or make a cake from scratch.
  4. Although delicious with real whipped cream, whipped topping sold in the freezer section holds up better overnight.
  5. Coconut on the outside is not required, but then it won’t look like a snowball if that is your goal.
  6. This recipe is easy to cut in half–and I recommend it. Use a smaller mixing bowl when assembling. The cake you see in the pictures is a half-batch that will easily feed eight people.
torn angel food cake pieces in a bowl lined with wax paper
Making alternate layers of cake and gelatin mixture

Are you an Angel Food Cake lover?

If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately to Paula at saladinajar.com. Hope to see you again soon! Paula

Strawberry Snowball Cake

Snowball Cake with Strawberries Recipe

A light and summery dessert–the perfect ending for a sumptuous meal
4 from 4 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins
Course Desserts
Servings 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 small packages unflavored gelatin - 2 tablespoons total
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup pineapple juice drained from a 20-ounce can crushed pineapple - add water to make 1 cup if necessary
  • Crushed pineapple from a 20-ounce can
  • ¾ cup granulated 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

Instructions
 

  • 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 the cake out onto a cake plate with the help of 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.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Snowball Cake with Strawberries Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 slice
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
136
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
147
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
24
g
27
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keywords: angel food cakefruit in cakesnowball cakestrawberry snowball cake
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17 Comments

  1. What a wonderful way to salvage a less-than-perfect cake. I’m putting this aside for a future cake mishap. Typically, I’d cut it up in cubes and make a trifle.

    1. @Connie, I have my moms receipe. Sometimes the gelatin
      Settles on the bottom and ends up being on the top,of the cake. My mom uses orange juice and lemon juice but never fruit. Is this the problem

  2. Faith Fry says:

    3 stars
    ohhh la la! looks so delicious! Watching these makes me hungry.. I’m gonna try this soon.

  3. Haven’t made this in ages–thanks for reminding me! Yes, it is the perfect summer dessert. LIght. Fruity. Delicious.

  4. I’ve never made an angel food cake yet. Love this solution if it does not rise enough. Looks scrumptious.

  5. I’m wondering if a person doesn’t like coconut (I do but there are “those people” out there that don’t if shaved white choc could give it the snowball look???

    1. Hi Diannia,
      Haven’t tried it but seems like a good idea. Sure would be sweet though. 🙂

  6. You’d almost wish for an unsuccesful angel cake if you’ve got this as a back up plan!

  7. Paula, that looks just perfect for summer……….must try making half a recipe!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Wow, Paula – looks so…. pretty! And very yummy!

  9. This sound wonderful. Can not wait to make it for Sunday. Do you mix the 20 ounce can of pineapple with the gelatin fruit mixture? Thanks for a scruptions blog and the ideal to cut the recipe in half.

    1. Yes, Connie. The pineapple goes into the gelatin with the other fruit.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Nancy in NW PA says:

    5 stars
    I made this for a July 4th family picnic today and it’s wonderful. What a great EASY way to make dessert for a crowd. I can see how you could add other fruits and flavors too. And, drizzle a piece with chocolate or fudge sauce – just to make it even better! Thanks.

  11. Faith Fry says:

    3 stars
    ohhh la la! looks so delicious! Watching these makes me hungry.. I’m gonna try this soon.

  12. Nancy in NW PA says:

    5 stars
    I made this for a July 4th family picnic today and it’s wonderful. What a great EASY way to make dessert for a crowd. I can see how you could add other fruits and flavors too. And, drizzle a piece with chocolate or fudge sauce – just to make it even better! Thanks.

  13. Made this recipe from a friend 30 yrs ago but with out pineapple. Angel food..2+ Crushed strawberry, 1 30z jell Dissolved in 1 cup boiling water….I think I let it cool a bit before I added. Really just like strawberry shortcake!

    1. You’re right. A lot like strawberry shortcake! Thanks for writing.