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Easy Maple Pecan Angel Food Cake

You can bake the cake the day before, cool completely and remove from pan. Then tightly cover and glaze the cake up to 2 hours before serving.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Maple Pecan Angel Food Cake
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Anna


The Cake

  • 1 angel food cake mix, I used Betty Crocker
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup warm brewed coffee, you can use instant if you prefer
  • 4 teaspoons real maple syrup
  • The ingredients that are on the box directions

The Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 to 7 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons melted coconut oil, or butter if you aren't dairy free
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped, toasted pecans


Baking the Cake

  • Preheat the oven according to package directions.
  • Pour the cake mix into a glass or metal bowl. (See Gr8 Tip) Whisk the nutmeg into the dry cake mix.
  • In a liquid measuring cup mix the coffee and maple syrup together.
  • Use the coffee and syrup mixture as part of the liquid when preparing the cake according to package directions. The Betty Crocker Cake Mix called for 1 ¼ cups water. So I put the coffee/syrup mixture in a 2 cup measure and added water until the liquid totaled 1 ¼ cups.
  • When the mixing is complete, pour into a 10" ungreased tube pan. Run a long knife through the batter a couple times, this will minimize air bubbles.
  • Bake according to package directions.
  • Cool the tube pan upside down on a bottle.
  • When completely cool, run a knife around the edge of the cake pan and remove the cake from the pan.

The Glaze

  • Whisk the salt into the powdered sugar.
  • Add the 5 Tablespoons of the maple syrup, the coconut oil, and vanilla to the powdered sugar and whisk until all ingredients are incorporated and no lumps remain.
  • If the glaze is too thick to pour, add more maple syrup by the teaspoonful and whisk. Continue adding the maple syrup until the glaze is pourable.
  • If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar and whisk until the glaze is the right consistency.
  • Carefully pour the glaze over the top of the cake so some of it stays on top and some drips down the sides of the cake.
  • Sprinkle the pecans over the cake.
  • To easily cut Angel Food Cake, use a serrated edged knife and saw back and forth.


Gr8 Tips:
Always use a perfectly clean glass or metal bowl for angel food cakes. Since this cake is mainly egg whites, any small bit of grease will deflate the cake. Ceramic and plastic bowls can have minute traces of grease and your cake won't rise!
Gr8 Do Ahead Tip:
The Cake can be made the day before. Make and pour the glaze not more than 2 hours before serving.
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