Strawberry Tiramisu Angel Food Cake

Strawberry desserts are perfect this time of year!

This angel food cake is a light dessert that combines strawberries as well as mascarpone, Kahlua and lady fingers-all the ingredients for a classic

Italian Tiramisu!

Strawberry Tiramisu Angel Food Cake

I don’t make cakes that often.  I prefer cupcakes like these Cherry Coke cupcakes to be honest.  They are easier to decorate for one thing.  All you need are the right decorating tips then you can swirl buttercream with the best of them!   The other wonderful thing about cupcakes, is they are perfect for portion control.   One cupcake is all you need unless you are eating mini cupcakes like these Peppermint Mocha cupcakes, then I’m afraid you could pop several in your mouth without even blinking.  With cake, I tend to cut myself  rather large slices, then justify it by telling myself “it’s only one slice”.    If there are frosted roses on the cake, forget it, I will cut a slice the size of Texas just to get as many roses as possible!

Angel Food Cake

My husband had a birthday recently.  I sucked it up and made him a cake.  It was the least I could do.  I thought I remembered he liked angel food cake with strawberries and whipped topping.  I knew for certain that he LOVES Tiramisu.  So I thought why not combine the two?  I was a bit worried about the fact that  I’ve never actually made an angel food cake.  I tend to steer clear of recipes that use words like “stiff peaks”, and require one dozen egg whites,  it’s just begging for disaster.   I actually purchased an angel food cake mix as my back up plan.  I’ve learned it never hurts to be prepared (for failure!)

Strawberry  Tiramisu Angel Food Cake

I spent an entire day on this cake.  Good things come to those who wait right?  I used Martha Stewart’s angel food cake recipe.  It did not fail.  The cake was light, airy, sweet and tender!  It does take time to make.  You have to be sure to whip those egg whites just long enough, but not too long or else they’ll become grainy.  I stopped my mixer several times to check for those elusive “stiff peaks”.

Strawberry Tiramisu Angel Food CakeThe filling is my favorite tiramisu filling, made with mascarpone and cream cheese, brown sugar and Kahlua.  I soaked lady fingers in coffee and MORE Kahlua!  The smell was intoxicating.  I hollowed out the cake and layered my tiramisu ingredients, and added sliced strawberries.  Because angel food cake is so light, I wanted to make sure the frosting would complement it’s fluffy center and not weigh the cake down.  I used a mascarpone frosting which was remarkably light.  I was feeling pretty good about the whole creation.  I mean, how perfect!  The mascarpone frosting fit with the tiramisu flavoring in this cake, but was also light like the whipped topping my husband used to love with his angel food cake as a kid!  I was sure this cake would leave my husband speechless!

Strawberry Tiramisu Angel Food Cake

He wasn’t exactly speechless.  Turns out I didn’t really create the perfect cake after all.  He admitted that while he really enjoyed the cake (and actually ate most of it), he wasn’t so sure about the strawberry/tiramisu combination.  Perhaps raspberries would’ve been better he says.  Ha!  What does he know!  Clearly he cannot appreciate my culinary genius!  After a flurry of retorts swirled through my head, I conceded that raspberries would be rather tasty.  Or leave the berries out all together !  I suppose what I’m saying is that this cake is versatile.  You could make simply the angel food cake and the frosting and you’d be very happy.  Or perhaps, you could add only the tiramisu center.  I leave it entirely up to you!  Regardless, this cake (and it’s many variations) will leave you satisfied.  And just for the record, I did cut myself an enormous slice.  But since it was such a light cake, I managed to convince myself that surely that one (giant) slice was roughly the equivalent of one cupcake.



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Strawberry Tiramisu Angel Food Cake
For the cake:
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
For the filling:
  • 1 cup brewed coffee cooled
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur
  • 12 ladyfingers
  • 1 8oz block cream cheese, softened
  • 3 ½ oz mascarpone cheese
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced
For the frosting:
  • 1 8 oz container mascarpone cheese
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ cup strawberries sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Sift together flour and salt, set aside. In a mixer fitted with a whisk, beat egg whites on medium high until foamy. Add in cream of tarter. Continue beating until soft peaks form. Slowly add in sugar beating until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in vanilla just until combined.
  2. Gently transfer egg white mixture to a large bowl. Slowly sift flour once again, this time over mixture. Carefully and gently fold in flour.
  3. Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased angel food cake pan, with a removable bottom. Cut a knife through the batter to get rid of any air bubbles. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched and is golden brown in color. Invert pan and let cake cool completely. When cake has cooled, run a knife around the inside of pan and around the tube as well as the bottom to release cake.
  4. Cut angel food cake in half with a serrated knife. Carefully scoop out center of each side, leaving a 1-inch boarder.
  5. Combine cream cheese and mascarpone in a medium bowl, beating until creamy and smooth. Add in brown sugar and continue mixing until blended. In a shallow bowl, combine coffee and Kahlua. Dip half of the ladyfingers into the coffee mixture and line hollowed out cake bottom with ladyfingers, halving cookies as necessary. Place mascarpone filling over cookies. Arrange sliced strawberries over filling, followed by remaining coffee dipped ladyfingers. Carefully place cake top over the bottom half, pressing down gently.
  6. To prepare the frosting, Stir mascarpone until creamy. Beat vanilla and heavy cream in a mixer until foamy. Increase speed to medium high and slowly beat in sugar. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in mascarpone cheese. Immediately frost cake. Garnish top of cake with remaining sliced strawberries.
  7. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  8. 10 servings.

Frosting Recipe Adapted from My Recipes



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97 Responses

  1. These three things combined together are just pure genius Tanya! I love the idea of the tiramisu filling with strawberries. LOVE!

    • Thanks Dorothy. I could pretty much eat tiramisu filling on ANYTHING!!!

  2. I love this idea — it makes perfect sense to me. Tiramisu with raspberries or strawberries sounds fabulous, and that mascarpone frosting sounds amazing!

    • I could eat the frosting and strawberries all day! Thanks Marcie!

  3. thegunnysack

    Totally fantastic! One of these days I will brave making a “from scratch” angel food cake!

    • Thank you Tonia! I admit, it was way easier than I thought!

  4. Strawberries are out for me so I’d be one of those trying other berries or no berries but it does look so yummy!

    • It would be wonderful without strawberries too!

  5. What a wonderful cake!!
    I’ve just seen it on Foodgwaker and had to check it out. I had no idea you made it :)
    I don’t know why but I do not receive mail of your new posts (you should check it out)
    I’m pinning this, as I’d loooooooooove to try it

  6. This cake looks just beautiful! And also delicious 😉

  7. OMG Tanya! This looks amazing! Pinning and making this strawberry season, for sure. Happy Birthday to your husband :)

  8. A happy belated birthday to your husband, Tanya! Like you, I don’t bake many cakes. If I could bake cakes like this, one, though, I’d be baking them all of the time! This is fantastic and even though I can understand your Husband’s preference for raspberries, It’s strawberries for me. And by the way, I think you could easily have had 2 pieces of cake without worry. It’s called Angel Food Cake for a reason. :)

    • Thanks John. Thank you for being an enabler! All I needed to hear was it’s ok to have two (or three) pieces of cake!

  9. This cake looks heavenly!!! And that’s not just because you used angel food cake. YUM!!

  10. I love any dessert with Kahlua so I know I’ll love this. So sweet of you to bake your husband a birthday cake! And happy birthday to him.

    • I’m a big of fan of Kahlua! Thank you Anne!

  11. Tanya, you have done it again! This looks so good! I will have to make this when we have company so I don’t eat the whole thing myself.

    • Definetly good for company, but if you ate the whole thing, I wouldn’t judge!

    • Thank you Laura, I thought it was lovely too!

  12. This dessert looks so good! I would love a piece right now! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  13. Love the filing in this cake. What a great idea to use Angel food cake and make it so special.

    • Thank you Christie. I was so pleased with the angel food cake!

  14. This looks amazing! I love angel food cake and such a great “surprise” in the middle!

    • Thank you Sam! I didn’t really enjoy angel food cake, until I made this!

  15. Tanya this cake is just gorgeous! I love the filling and I know we are going to have loads of strawberries soon. Can’t wait to give this a try!

    • Thank you Trish, I was pleased with the outcome! Loved the strawberries!

  16. Wow this looks heavenly (no pun intended)! I love angel food, and this is such a refreshing twist on it.

    • Love the pun! Thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it!

  17. Sounds delicious! I love strawberries – pinning it so I can add it to my desserts to try!

  18. I think this cake sounds beautiful as is!! And your photos are to-die-for!! Simply gorgeous Tanya!

  19. Heavenly food cake is more like it. This is the best angel food cake recipe I have seen in a while. I saw it at Flour me with love Mix it up Monday link party. The actual cake its self is absolutely perfect looking. Nice job!

    • It was good stuff. I seriously could eat JUST the filling!! Ok, I hate about a cup of it straight out of the bowl!

  20. I think it sounds absolutely amazing!!! And what an awesome job making a homemade angel food cake. That’s one thing I always cheat on :-)

  21. Oh em gee, Tanya! This cake is phenom and SOOOO perfect for my kinda-diet diet :) just light enough to nosh on before bikini season, hehe. Love the combo of tiramisu and strawberries. And homemade angel food? I die.

    • Thanks Hayley! It would be the perfect pre-bikini season dessert, unless you are like me and eat half the filling out of the bowl while standing over the kitchen sink!!

  22. Hi, I live in Italy, and tiramisu` is a classic for the Italians like apple pie for an American. Your idea to combine tiramisu` with strawberries isn’t wrong that’s what the Italians make during the summer. What you did wrong is adding coffee and Kahlua to the strawberries, or you make a classic tiramisu`with coffee and mascarpone, or you make a summer version with mascarpone and strawberries and you omit the coffee. I like your version of tiramisu` with the angel food cake in the bundt pan I’ll make it for sure this summer 😉

    • Thank you Sharon. I always thought Tiramisu had some sort of liqueur in it. I stand corrected! Happy to hear the strawberries fit right in!

    • There is something about Angel Food Cake you are right! Thank you for the invite!

  23. Sharon

    Hi, I asked my mother in law ( my husband is Italian ) and she said that there’s many versions of the tiramisu like lemon, coconut, chocolate ecc. anyway she said a good substitute for coffee and khalua is to use cherry maraschino, or limoncello liqueur with strawberries. Hope this helps, I’m sure to try it :)

  24. This cake sounds delicious! How can you go wrong with Tiramisu ? Thanks for sharing!

  25. This sounds good to me. Kudos for trying a homemade instead of the mix, but the mix was a smart idea for a backup.

    • Thank you! I’ve learned to always be prepared for failure!

  26. […] A bite of this yummy dessert would surely stir you up! Sometimes after a day at work it’s nice to indulge into something good tasting. Of course this sweet dessert is perfect to make you feel good! I’m sure you’ll feel fully charge once you’ve eaten this delectable dessert!The source can be found here […]

    • Thank you so much for sharing my Angel Food Cake!

  27. I love this! I’m going to be doing a round up of berry recipes next Friday, and would like to include your photo. With full credit and link to your site of course. Please join the party Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead, it starts at 12 am Friday night, and runs until 12 midnight Wednesday.

    Hope to see you there :)


    • Thank you April! I’ll have to check it out!

  28. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

  29. This cake looks amazing! Come share any of your recipes with my link up if you like. Off to look at more recipes. Visiting from Theresa

  30. Haha, totally had to laugh – I steer clear of any recipes saying stiff peaks, allow to rise, etc too. Though I should try, this cake looks amazing!

    • I may actually try other “stiff peak” recipes! I’ve gained some confidence! Thanks Kelly!

  31. Nadia

    It looks amazing! I’ll try this one for sure..

    By the way: When I make strawberry tiramisu I use strawberry liqueur instead of coffee and kahlua.. I think it’s nicer without the bitterness

  32. Nadia

    I really looks amazing! I’ll try this one for sure..

  33. senecia

    im sorry to ask. .but what are ladyfingers

  34. Tanya, I found this from Paula’s cake roundup and I love it! By far my favorite cake for summertime is angel food cake and pairing it with this filling and berries. Oh my! Yummy! Question: I don’t have an angel food cake pan (those just aren’t a “thing” down here) so could I use a bundt or would it stick? If that won’t work, I’ll be safeguarding this recipe for when we fly north to visit my folks this summer. Pinning.

    • My angel food cake pan has a removable bottom plus it has tabs that stick up so you can turn it upside to let the cake stick out. That being said, I wouldn’t think it’s impossible to use a bundt pan! Thank for the compliment Jelli!

  35. […] I know I’ll be shaking things up with Kahlúa at the beach this summer.  I’m not stopping there, however.  I’ll be shaking things while celebrating my 4th of July birthday,  my cook outs with friends and dinners with my family.  Kahlúa pairs nicely with coffee (my favorite), chocolate (also my favorite) and cool creamy drinks (you guessed it, my favorite).  It’s adds a mocha flair to my food and my drinks that I just can’t get with any other alcohol.  Without my beloved Kahlúa how could I bring you these cookies or this cake? […]


  1. […] A bite of this yummy dessert would surely stir you up! Sometimes after a day at work it’s nice to indulge into something good tasting. Of course this sweet dessert is perfect to make you feel good! I’m sure you’ll feel fully charge once you’ve eaten this delectable dessert!The source can be found here […]

  2. […] I know I’ll be shaking things up with Kahlúa at the beach this summer.  I’m not stopping there, however.  I’ll be shaking things while celebrating my 4th of July birthday,  my cook outs with friends and dinners with my family.  Kahlúa pairs nicely with coffee (my favorite), chocolate (also my favorite) and cool creamy drinks (you guessed it, my favorite).  It’s adds a mocha flair to my food and my drinks that I just can’t get with any other alcohol.  Without my beloved Kahlúa how could I bring you these cookies or this cake? […]

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