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Espresso Angel Food Cake

Espresso Angel Food Cake goes the easy route with a cake mix flavored with instant espresso. Slather the cake with rich espresso-flavored icing, then randomly distribute toasted sliced almonds over the top.


Recipe Inspiration

This cake is my adaptation of  Helen Corbitt’s Coffee Angel Food Cake once (and maybe still, I’m not sure) sold at Neiman-Marcus.

Believe it or not, my first job out of college was in the Men’s Furnishings department at the downtown Dallas Neiman-Marcus store.  I was “forced” to walk by the snack bar every day and drool. 

Now I can make it myself, and you can, too.

Why a cake mix in Espresso Angel Food Cake instead of a scratch recipe?

My answer is another question.

What item in your house do you save, but then end up throwing out later when it gets too old because you never did use it?

For me, it’s egg whites.

To find out if I was the only one with this hang-up, I took a survey at my office.  Here’s the shortlist of items mentioned :

  • bacon grease
  • leftovers
  • individual condiment packages from fast food restaurants
  • half-empty shampoo bottles

Looks like I’m not alone.

I always plan to bake an angel food cake with those egg whites, but for some reason, I don’t. Meanwhile, I move those frozen egg whites around in my crowded freezer for a while and eventually throw them out.  That’s why I end up using a cake mix.

sliced espresso angel food cake

As it turns out, angel food cake mixes always rise higher than my scratch cakes and is quite tasty. Adding flavoring, such as instant espresso, improves them considerably.

A thin layer of rich espresso-flavored butter creme frosting on this light-as-a-feather fat-free cake makes an impressive dessert. Almonds (toasted in the microwave if you like) are the finishing touch.

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a slice of espresso angel food cake

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Espresso Angel Food Cake

Espresso Angel Food Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Espresso-flavored angel food cake is covered with espresso-flavored icing and studded with toasted almonds.


  • 1 angel food cake mix
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso added to water called for in cake mix.


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)--softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4- 1 cup toasted, sliced almonds



  1. Follow directions on package, adding instant espresso to water before adding water to dry cake mix.
  2. Continue mixing and bake cake as directed. Allow to cool completely and remove from the pan.

Espresso Icing

  1. Whip butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Add milk and espresso. Continue to mix, adding milk if necessary for easily spreadable consistency.
  2. Spread icing over the entire cake, including inside the middle hole. Sprinkle toasted sliced almonds over all.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 399mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 3g

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Monday 26th of March 2012

Would you refrigerate this cake?


Tuesday 24th of August 2010

I grew up eating this cake. First from Neiman's and then my mom made it. Thank you for posting the recipe!


Tuesday 25th of May 2010

looks delicious....semi-homemade :)


Tuesday 25th of May 2010

This looks fabulous, I will add this to my recipes!


Tuesday 25th of May 2010

This looks like a light and delicious summer cake. Nicely done!