Strawberry Protein Angel Food Cake (Low Carb)

High protein, fluffy Angel Food Cake meets sweet cream cheese and fresh strawberries – all chilled to perfection! Satisfy your Angel Food Cake craving while still staying on track with this low calorie, high protein alternative. Just 107 calories, 7g carbs and 4g fat per slice; with 10g protein! SERIOUS macro magic friends!

I can’t even with this dessert guys. I mean especially with that protein angel food cake base. How does it taste that yummy and is still CRAZY macro-friendly?? You would never guess something so yummy could come out of the ingredients.

Now remember, this is a super macro-friendly recipe. It’s not going to taste like the ‘real deal’. I am not trying to trick you here. But it does taste pretty dang close, and when I need to keep calories lower, it still hits all the good angel food cake spots!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS PROTEIN ANGEL FOOD CAKE

  • Just a handful of basic, simple ingredients
  • Easy to make – just whip it real good and bake!
  • Indulge without guilt and without all the calories
  • Really… just 107 calories and 7g of carbs per slice!!!
  • Protein packed – not only is it low in calories, carbs, fat, but it’s also packs a good chunk of protein!

INGREDIENTS

  • Protein powder – I recommend PEScience Vanilla Protein Powder. Since there aren’t many ingredients in this recipe, the quality of the protein powder makes a huge impact on how this recipes turns out. if you need to sub for another protein powder, make sure you do so with a similar whey + casein blend. For all PEScience products, you can use my affiliate code LaurenFitFoodie to save 15%.
  • Egg whites (from the egg – not carton!) – will elaborate more on this importance of this later.
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Stevia – or any other sweetener of choice. I used Truvia Cane Sugar Blend for this recipe.
  • Vanilla extract – I use Watkins brand.
  • Greek cream cheese – you can also use fat-free, normal or 1/3 reduced-fat cream cheese. Even cool whip if you wanted!
  • Strawberries – fresh are best for this recipe but any fruit will be amazing!

CARTON EGG WHITES WILL NOT DO, YOU MUST USE REAL ONES.

Listen, I know it may tempting just to say “well, the carton egg whites are close enough.” NO. Absolutely not! Trust me, I thought the same! I experimented both ways – with egg whites from a carton and egg whites from an egg. And let me tell you, the differences in cakes do not even compare. The one made with carton eggs whites is more chewy and tastes like a protein cake. The one made with whites from an egg is FLUFFY and cushiony and melt in your mouth HEAVEN.

Egg whites from the carton do not whip up the same way. Trust me on this.

TOOLS USED

  • Springform pan – you can use any pan! I just love this one as its helpful being able to slip off the sides!
  • Mini spatulas – one of my favorite kitchen accessories! I use these for everything, but they are especially perfect in this recipe to help prevent the deflate of the egg white mixture (silicone is better for this instead of a traditional metal spoon).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use egg whites from the carton for this recipes?

Carton egg whites just won’t work for this recipe. As much as I would LOVE to say yes to make this a more convenient recipe, egg whites from eggs are essentially for this angel food cake to be fluffy and not weird or chewy.

What is Cream of tartar?

“Cream of tartar, a byproduct of wine and grape juice processing, is an acidic salt that acts as a stabilizer in recipes that require whipped egg whites, such as meringue, angel food cake, and soufflé. When whipped, egg whites (also known as albumen) can swell up to eight times their initial volume.” -Nadia Arumugam (Slate)

Is there a substitute if I can’t find Greek cream cheese?

Yes, any cream cheese will work here. You can use fat-free, 1/3 reduced-fat or regular cream cheese. If you wanted, you could even skip the cream cheese frosting all together and use cool whip1

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Yield: 8

Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Strawberry Angel Food Cake

High protein, fluffy Angel Food Cake meets sweet cream cheese and fresh strawberries - all chilled to perfection! Satisfy your Angel Food Cake craving while still staying on track with this low calorie, high protein alternative. Just 107 calories, 7g carbs and 4g fat per slice; with 10g protein! SERIOUS macro magic friends!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Protein Angel Food Cake

  • 7 egg whites - from the egg, not carton
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tsp stevia (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (15g)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. Greek cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt (112g)
  • 1/2 package sugar free cheesecake Jello pudding mix (14g)
  • 1 tbsp zero-calorie sweetener
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (60 mL)

Topping:

  • 180g strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tbsp confectioner’s sugar (optional)

Instructions

TO MAKE PROTEIN ANGEL FOOD CAKE

  1. Preheat oven to 315 °F. Spray any cake pan with cooking spray. I usually use a springform pan or a bundt cake pan.
  2. Crack eggs and discard or save egg yolks for later use. Place the egg whites in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Add vanilla, stevia, and cream of tartar to egg whites and beat with a hand mixer until firm peak forms (I did about 5 minutes on high speed).
  4. Using a spatula, fold in a protein powder carefully as to not deflate the egg white mixture.
  5. Place batter in cake pan and cook for 15-20 minutes or until top of the cake starts to become golden brown. When done, let cool. Then place in fridge.


TO MAKE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add cream cheese, sweetener, jello pudding mix, yogurt, and almond milk. Mix with a hand mixture until all is combined. Keep stored in fridge until cake is chilled and is ready to frost.


ASSEMBLE THE CAKE

  1. Place cake carefully on the surface you plan to serve it. It has the potential to stick to the pan so it is easier to go ahead and a set it up this way!
  2. Using a spatula, carefully frost cake. Cake is fragile so do so gently.
  3. Top with fresh strawberries and confectioner’s sugar if desired. Slice, and enjoy!

Notes

MFP ENTRY: LFF Strawberry Protein Angel Food Cake

If you want to use fat-free cream cheese and keep everything else the same:

Nutrition: 1/8 of cake with frosting and strawberries (110g)

77 calories | Carbohydrates: 6.2g | Fat: 0.6g | Protein: 10g

MFP entry for this one: LFF Strawberry Protein Angel Food Cake Fat Free Cream Cheese

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1/8 piece (110g)

Amount Per Serving Calories 107Total Fat 3.8gSaturated Fat 2gCarbohydrates 7.1gFiber 0.5gSugar 5.3gProtein 10.3g

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11 Comments

  1. Thank you SO much for providing macro info using both FF & 1/3 fat cream cheese! I cannot find the FF ANYWHERE 😂 So I’m always stuck with the 1/3!
    PS – I’ve loved all of your recipes that I’ve tried! Your insta and blog have been the BEST resource during my macro journey! Thank you!!

    • Hey Jen! I have only tried with PEScience so I can really only speak for them! But if you do need to sub, I would try to stick to a similar whey + casein blend 🙂

  2. Hi Lauren! I made this tonight and it was so delicious and couldn’t tell it was macro friendly! The only question is once my egg white base cooked it deflated. Is this normal? Or what could I have done differently? Still tastes amazing!

    • Hey Lori! So glad you loved it! Amazing how real it taste right!? 100% normal to deflate some after you take it out of the oven – you did everything right!

  3. Just made this last night – felt like the perfect dessert for the last bit of summer! SOO SO good and amazing macros! Will definitely be making again!!! Thanks Lauren!

  4. Beautiful! Tried this last night. Baked up great, then major deflated while cooling (not just normal settling). Google search says Angel Food Cake are supposed to be inverted out of the pan right after cooking to cool. Did you do that to keep yours up? Or did you cool in the cake pan? Wanting to try again!

    • I appreciate your interest in my recipe girl! So some deflating is normal, but it should still look the cake in the photos (I took these about two hours after baking). I actually kept it in the pan but let the pan sit on a wire wack so that it did not keep baking. Did you use a silicone or metal pan by chance? I have heard that to make a difference in the baking consistency too.

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