Dressed-up Angel Food Cake

This year was the first time I hosted Easter dinner for my family.  Sure, I've cooked big meals for my family before, but I've never hosted a holiday, so I was a little nervous.  Since we had church in the morning I knew I had to come up with some meal options that I could prepare ahead of time and then finish before dinner.  The dinner menu was easy.  We had twice-baked potatoes and salmon because they are favorites of my fiancee and I knew my family would love them too.  But it wasn't until I was wandering aimlessly around the grocery store that I figured out what to serve for dessert: angel food cake with an orange-mango filling and strawberry sauce.  I was worried that my relatives would poke fun at me for taking the easy way out, but it could not have been a more perfect springtime dessert and I only received compliments.

1 store-bought angel food cake
2 mangoes
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
splash of orange juice
4 cups of strawberries, hulled and sliced
sugar to taste (I used 1/4 cup)

For the orange-mango filling:
If you're lucky enough to live in a warm climate you might have actual ripe mangoes in your grocery store so you can get away with using your blender for this.  If you're like me and live in the northeast you may have some under-ripe mangoes on your hands and you'll probably need a food processor.  Peel the mangoes and remove as much of the flesh as you can from the seeds.  Blend/process the mango, orange marmalade, and orange juice.  I recommend not adding all of the mango at once so you have a better control over the consistency.  You're looking for the filling to be like a pudding.

For the strawberry sauce:
Cook the strawberries and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until they break down and you have a nice runny sauce on your hands.  Allow this to cool before serving.

Slice the cake twice horizontally to give you three layers of cake.  As you can see I'm not so great at cutting in a straight line, but it still tastes the same.  Spread the orange mango filling between the layers.  When you're ready to eat cut the cake into individual servings and top them with the strawberry sauce.  Yum!

So what's your favorite way to dress up an angel food cake?


  1. Though I have been trying out new desserts and cake, I still go back to the classic treats like Angel Food Cake. Love the idea of adding marmalade and other fruits! Dropping by from SITS!

  2. Looks pretty and tastey all at the same time i like that there is mangos in it. Thats my favorite fruit.

    visiting from SITS

  3. Meg, this looks heavenly! I only wish I could have joined your celebration! :) I'll definitely be trying this recipe! Thanks for stopping by my food blog! I appreciate your visit!

  4. So yummy! Perfect for upcoming summer get togethers!!

  5. OK, you had me at angel food cake and mango...two of my favorite things in the world! This recipe is a keeper.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to help celebrate my 100th post! Cheers!


  6. That looks so good! Yum!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and making my SITS day so awesome! :)

  7. oh that look heavenly!!!

    stopping by from SITS! :)

  8. That looks great! And thanks for dropping by my blog. : )

  9. Oh, yum!

    Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day last Monday!

  10. That Angel Food Cake Looks and sounds so yummy! Stopping by from SITS;o)


  11. Yummo!!

    I am here from the SITs Welcome Wagon! I hope you are enjoying the party:-)

  12. Oh I love easy food. Great idea.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  13. I haven't had angel food cake in forever but now I'm craving it! That looks very yummy!

    Stopping by from SITS! Welcome!

    Cheers :-)
    - CoconutPalmDesigns

  14. Yum! I love Angel Food Cake and this is the perfect way to dress it up. Stopping by from SITS.

  15. I'm happy to read that your Easter meal was a success. Now, I'm off to click your Boston Cream Pi recipe. It looks adorable! Just right for my nerdy hubby :)



  16. Hi Meg!

    Greetings from Malaysia again! Just want to say thank you for dropping by my blog on my SITS day. You can read the aftermath of my whole day SITting episode at this link:

    Thank you again and hope to see you back here sometime! :D

    Warmest Regards,
    Jenny aka I'm a full-time mummy

  17. angel food cake never has looked so good

  18. Yummy...looks tasty :)...i love cakes so much

  19. I'm a HUGE fan of Angel Food cake! Thanks for posting!



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