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50 Angel Food Cake Toppings: Embellish Your Favorite Dessert!

50 Angel Food Cake Toppings: Embellish Your Favorite Dessert!

We’ve got lots of ways to embellish your angel food cake; from ganache sauces to frostings, here are the best angel food cake toppings for you to try!

Slicing an angel food cake reminds me of those good memories with my mom. 

As a kid, I always see this dessert along with other holiday sweets.

It’s light and fluffy. It’s a slice of heaven, is what it is!

Aside from its top-notch flavor, the dessert also features simple ingredients that are likely found in the kitchen, such as egg whites, cake flour, and sugar.

As time goes by, many pastry enthusiasts create different variations of the angel food cake and embellish them with garnishes to add extra texture and flavor to the dessert.

You’re not a true fan of this sweet if you haven’t tried some of these angel food cake topping ideas I have on hand.

Today, you’ll unlock all of them, so be ready!

If you’re new to pastry and wondering what to serve with angel food cake, then starting off with sauces is your best option.

Below, I’ve listed a few of my favorite angel food cake sauces that make a big flavor difference to your favorite dessert.

Just keep in mind that choosing a sauce should align with your cravings and likings.

In my case, I always love the idea of combining cream and chocolate (chocolate ganache) to make my cake even lighter and fluffier.

Another topping for angel food cakes you shouldn’t miss is the lemon dessert sauce.

Garnishing them on top of your cake, bread pudding, pancakes, or even ice cream is truly heavenly!

Angel food cake fruit toppings

Aside from sauces, fruits are also an excellent addition to angel food cake.

When strawberries are in season, I always make a simple strawberry compote recipe.

They’re so versatile and work with almost everything. 

So, imagine adding them on top of angel food cake?

That must be good!

Other than that, sauteed apples, mango, and pineapple are also good choices if you want to incorporate a sweet and tangy flavor profile into your cake.

Try some of these fruit toppings and let us know what you think.

Creamy angel food cake toppings

Angel food cake won’t be complete without those creamy and mouth-watering toppings. 

And Caramel Buttercream Frosting is one of them!

This frosting calls for simple ingredients such as butter, vanilla extract, heavy whipping cream, and powdered sugar.

But if you aren’t into caramel flavor, then consider this Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting.

It features a sweet flavor with a light and fluffy texture from butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and marshmallow fluff.

If your buttercream is too sweet, add a pinch of salt and make sure it dissolves completely once mixed in.

Check out more of these creamy angel food cake toppings:

Savory angel food cake toppings

Have you ever thought about topping your favorite angel food cake with cranberry pear sauce? 

If not, then this is the right place to start.

Infuse sweet and savory flavor to your cake with Cranberry-Pear Sauce.

This recipe’s sweetness comes from the maple syrup and the ripe pears; no refined sugar here!

Once tried, you’ll probably never pick up another bottle of store-bought cranberry sauce ever again!

Unique angel food cake recipes

You probably love eating your angel food cakes with chocolate ganache or caramel icing frosting, but a real sweet lover shouldn’t stop there.

Who would expect that frying angel food cake would make the treat even better?

Take your favorite cake to the next level with these churro bites. It’s a sugar and cinnamon treat topped with a tempting glaze.

So good!

So, the next time you have angel food cake leftovers on hand, you know what to do!

More angel food cake toppings to try

Aside from the toppings and ideas mentioned above, I’ve also come up with a few more that are worth considering.

These toppings are often used on a variety of cakes–as toppings, as fillings for layer cakes, and even in pies and tarts.

There are also glazes and fruity toppings on this list that can be used on more than just cakes.

You can use some of these on bread, in pastries, and on breakfast treats like pancakes and French toast.

There is even a topping in this selection that you can eat on its own!

Having these recipes in your list of angel food cake toppings will give you the chance to switch your toppings up every now and then.

This is one of the classic frostings you can try for your angel food cake.

What makes this different from other buttercreams (there are around 7 different types, by the way) is it has a custard-like texture.

One notable feature of this topping is its yellow color, which comes from the use of egg yolks in its creation.

It’s not that different from German buttercream (which is listed above) since it also uses eggs, but instead of just the yolks, the German version uses whole eggs.

Other buttercreams you can try include Russian buttercream (which uses sweetened condensed milk), Italian buttercream (which is made with meringue), and American buttercream (the most basic of them all, which uses butter, sugar, and milk).

Lemon Curd is often seen as a filling for tarts and pies, but it can be used for more than that.

It can also be used to add a lemony and creamy coating to your cake.

If you want a lighter topping that still has the flavor of this curd, you can always fold it into some whipped cream and use that on your cake.

You can also choose not to mix both the whipped cream and curd completely.

Just swirl the curd into your whipped cream and run your spatula around and in the mix a few times, so you end up with marbled frosting!

If you have an instant chocolate pudding mix in your pantry, it can be used to create a creamy and chocolatey frosting!

This is one of the most effortless frosting recipes to make, and it uses only a few ingredients.

It’s also one of the fastest to put together!

So, if you’re in a hurry to put together a yummy topping for your angel food cake, this is a good choice.

This exact same recipe can be used with other instant pudding mixes you have in your pantry.

So, this means you can make lemon pudding frosting, butterscotch pudding frosting, and even pistachio pudding frosting!

Have fun with this recipe and create a few different frosting variations for your cake!

There’s cookies & cream ice cream, cookies & cream cookies, and cookies & cream cheesecake.

Now, let’s try Oreo Cookies & Cream Frosting!

This is a buttercream that has crushed Oreos infused in it, giving it the signature flavor that people love in this chocolate cookie/cream filling combo.

Aside from topping your angel food cake, this can also be used as a filling for layer cakes and on your favorite cupcakes.

This fruity topping is a good choice for when you want a sticky topping for your cake!

The caramelized bananas and buttery syrup in this mix are so yummy, they can even be eaten on their own!

It can also be used on top of pancakes, French toast, and pound cakes!

For a more authentic Bananas Foster, consider adding some rum to the mixture before serving.

You can burn off any of the alcohol (if all you want is the rum flavor in your foster) by flambéing it after adding.

You can even flambé it in front of guests while serving it as a cool dessert trick!

Another idea you can try is to top each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream before pouring more of this topping over all.

This three-ingredient frosting is another quick and easy topping that you can turn to when in a rush.

Made with fresh peaches that are pureed, you get the flavor of the fruit all throughout the frosting.

If you can’t find fresh peaches for this recipe, you can always use canned ones.

Just make sure to get rid of most of the liquid in the canned version before pureeing.

This is so you don’t end up with watery frosting or need to add powdered sugar just to have the frosting hold up.

The latter may result in an overly-sweet topping, which you don’t want.

If you love matcha green tea, here’s a cake frosting for you!

This frosting is great when you’re aiming for a light green-colored topper but don’t want to use food coloring.

The slightly sour flavor of cream cheese and the bitter notes of the matcha results in an interesting combination that leaves your taste buds wanting more.

Adjust the level of sweetness in this frosting according to your taste by adding less or more powdered sugar.

The same can be done with the matcha; if you desire a more pronounced bitter note to your frosting, add more.

Don’t want it to be too bitter, then add less matcha.

Why settle for only one dessert when you can have two in one sitting?

This crumble, made with apples, cinnamon, and oats, provides you with a cake topping that is sweet, tart, and crunchy.

Putting this mixture on top of your angel food cake lets you enjoy a variety of textures while giving you flavors that elevate the simplicity of your cake.

If you want the crumble to be rather melty, you can broil the crumble for a few minutes after you put it on top of your cake.

Just keep a close eye on your cake when you do this, so you don’t burn it.

Here’s an angel food cake topping that you can tweak to fit what your tastebuds are asking for.

If you want this frosting to be fluffy and light, just beat it with an electric mixer on high until you get the fluffiness you desire.

If you’re aiming for a more glaze-like texture, however, no beating with a mixer is necessary.

Just add all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix until completely incorporated.

For additional flavor, you can always add vanilla extract, espresso powder, or any other flavoring you desire.

Love the cream cheese topping on your favorite cinnamon rolls?

Well, you can now have this same topping for your angel food cake!

Also worth noting is that this sweet, tangy, and creamy topping can be diluted to make it more like a true glaze than a frosting.

It can also be thickened and whipped to become a fluffy cake topping.

Just adjust the ingredients to suit what you’re aiming for–more milk for a glaze and less milk for frosting.

This fluffy and smooth frosting is a great addition to any cake (or cupcake, for that matter).

You start this frosting out with melted chocolate, which you whip until thick.

The sour cream in this recipe is added near the end to help create a smooth and silky topping that is fluffy and easy to spread.

The sweetness of this frosting can be adjusted during the chocolate whipping phase.

If you find your frosting not sweet enough after adding the sour cream, however, you can also add more during the final mixing stage.

Another tangy topping you can pour over your cake is this one that uses fresh orange juice.

The difference between this recipe and others like it is the addition of orange zest to the mix.

This adds more tang to your glaze, plus it brightens up the flavor (and color) of your topping.

One thing to remember, however, is if you can’t find good, fresh oranges, you can’t substitute the juice with concentrate or canned options.

Since you need the zest for this recipe, fresh oranges are a must in this one.

You can also try this recipe with fresh lemons or other kinds of oranges, like the blood orange or the extra-sweet Cara Cara.

Buttery, nutty, and creamy are just three of the words you can use to describe this frosting.

Made with an Italian cream cheese called mascarpone, this cake topping needs only 4 ingredients to make.

Less tangy than American cream cheese and with a slight yellow tinge, this frosting is a good choice if you don’t like the sour notes of cream cheese or sour cream.

The flavoring used in this recipe is vanilla, but you can substitute it with others you like, such as almond extract, honey, or even rum.

You can also use a little bit of Bailey’s in this recipe if you’re a fan of this Irish Cream liqueur, which has a chocolatey, creamy, and boozy flavor.

The bottom line

Boring angel food cake no more!

Choosing what toppings for your angel food cake should mirror your wants and needs.

For me, I always opt for chocolate ganache and caramel buttercream frosting. 

How about you?

Best Angel Food Cake Toppings

Best Angel Food Cake Toppings

We've got lots of ways to embellish your angel food cake; from ganache sauces to frostings, here are the best angel food cake toppings for you to try!


  • Nutella Ganache Sauce
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • Lemon Dessert Sauce
  • Blackberry Sauce
  • Chai Spiced Pear Sauce
  • Coffee Salted Caramel Sauce
  • Cherry Sauce
  • Strawberry Compote
  • Mixed Berry Compote
  • Pineapple Topping
  • Sauteed Apples
  • Fruit & Nut Topping
  • Peach Compote
  • Mango Topping
  • Pistachio Caramel Sauce
  • Caramel Buttercream Frosting
  • Peanut Butter Icing
  • Peppermint Whipped Cream Frosting
  • Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting
  • Lemon Buttercream Frosting
  • Cinnamon Roll Icing
  • German Buttercream
  • Maple Bacon Icing
  • Wine-Soaked Berries
  • Cranberry-Pear Sauce
  • Balsamic Berry Sauce
  • Cranberry Sauce With Dried Figs & Orange
  • Honey Glaze
  • Angel Food Cake Churro Bites
  • Blueberry Lemon Angel Food Cake
  • Tiramisu Trifle
  • Pineapple Angel Food Cake
  • Angel Food Cupcakes
  • Angel Food Cake Cookies
  • Strawberry Jello, & Angel Food Cake
  • Pumpkin Angel Food Cake
  • Angel Toffee Dessert
  • French Buttercream
  • Lemon Curd
  • Chocolate Pudding Frosting
  • Oreo Cookies & Cream Frosting
  • Bananas Foster
  • Peach Frosting
  • Matcha Green Tea Frosting
  • Apple & Cinnamon Crumble
  • Greek Yogurt Frosting
  • Cream Cheese Glaze
  • Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
  • Fresh Orange Glaze
  • Mascarpone Frosting


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