Toasted angel food cake with laughing strawberries and lemon cream cheese frosting is light, fluffy, fun, and so yummy!


Recipe Summary

30 mins
40 mins
25 mins
1 hr 35 mins
6 slices


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
Sugared Berries Garnish:
Smiling Strawberries Decorations:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Place 1 3/4 cups sugar in a food processor and blend until superfine, about 2 minutes.

  • Sift half the fine sugar, cake flour, and salt together in a bowl.

  • Whisk egg whites, water, cream of tartar, and lemon extract together in a large bowl for 2 minutes. Beat in remaining fine sugar using an electric mixer until medium peaks form. Sprinkle some of the flour mixture on top; stir in gently. Repeat with the rest of the flour mixture. Spoon batter carefully into an ungreased fluted tube pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Invert onto a cooling rack and let cool completely, at least 25 minutes.

  • Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and creamy. Add lemon juice; beat until just blended. Gradually mix in all but 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar on low speed until frosting is just blended. Stir in lemon zest.

  • Mix 3/4 cup strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries thoroughly in a bowl with 2 tablespoons white sugar.

  • Cut a curved, smile-shaped line near the bottom of each whole strawberry; carefully cut another, flatter curve above. Connect the two curves and carve out space between to create the smile. Leave room above the smile and below the leaves for eyeballs.

  • Place reserved 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Dust hands with sugar and roll a tiny amount of stiff decorator icing between your fingers into a small ball. Place it on the strawberry, above the smile. Make another ball and stick it next to the first one. Stick 1 black sugar pearl onto each frosting ball to create eyes. Repeat with remaining whole strawberries.

  • Remove cake carefully from the pan, scraping edges from side if needed. Slice into 6 slices about 2 inches thick. Spread 2 tablespoons butter equally on the outside of the slices.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a cake slice; toast until lightly browned, about 1 minute per side. Place toasted cake on a plate. Spoon some frosting on top and let it drip down. Spoon sugared berries around the cake and place a smiling strawberry on top. Repeat with remaining cake slices, frosting, and berries.

Cook's Note:

Smiling strawberries can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of frosting. The actual amount of frosting consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

502 calories; protein 7.2g; carbohydrates 84.9g; fat 16g; cholesterol 46.1mg; sodium 233.7mg. Full Nutrition