Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mom’s Super Simple Rhubarb Sauce

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mom's Super Simple Rhubarb Sauce - #rhubarb #angelfoodcake #grillingGuys! Last weekend I ate the most amazing dessert. You just have to try this Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mom’s Super Simple Rhubarb Sauce. It’s springtime dessert perfection!

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mom's Super Simple Rhubarb Sauce - #rhubarb #angelfoodcake #grilling

Oftentimes the simplest recipes are the best, don’t you agree?

I recently texted Mom, asking her to send me the recipe for her rhubarb sauce:


Really. This recipe that my dad special requests each spring is just that simple. And it’s oh-so-good!

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mom's Super Simple Rhubarb Sauce - #rhubarb #angelfoodcake #grillingAs I was stirring this rhubarb sauce on the stovetop, windows open to catch some of that fabulous cool spring morning air, my mind was trying to come up with the best way imaginable to eat it. Of course, ice cream came to mind. And I think it would be lovely stirred into yogurt. But then I remembered something I had seen quite awhile back, where angel food cake was laid on the grill. I knew this was the answer.

So I separated a dozen eggs and whipped those whites into the fluffiest angel food cake I know. The warm baked cake hanging upside down on the countertop all day (so fun!), with its soft vanilla-almond scent, was sweetest temptation.

And then, after the supper dishes were cleared from the table on our deck that evening, the magic happened. Pillowy slices of angel food cake were laid on the grill until gorgeously charred, barely two minutes per side. Then topped with fresh rhubarb sauce, perfectly sweet-tart and pretty, and a big spoon of just-whipped cream…there was no doubt in my mind that this combination of cake + sauce + cream was going to be on repeat until rhubarb season was over.

Our daughters’ good friend stopped over while riding bike that Friday evening and joined us for dessert. After one bite, she leaned back and said the cake tasted just like roasted marshmallows. I looked up to find all of us grinning, because we simply had to agree. The angel food cake was delicately crispy, with an awesome hint of campfire flavor. I was surprised at how truly wonderful it was. And then the rhubarb sauce and fluffy whipped cream brought it all together with contrasting brightness and creaminess. End-of-the-week dessert perfection.

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mom's Super Simple Rhubarb Sauce

Yield: 16 servings


for the rhubarb sauce:

  • 2 lbs. rhubarb, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 c. water, or more for a looser sauce
  • 2/3 c. sugar (use less for a tart sauce, more for a sweeter sauce)
  • a drop or two of red food coloring, if desired, for a richer red color

here is the recipe for the angel food cake


for the rhubarb sauce:

In a medium saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, stir together all sauce ingredients. Let it come to a boil and then turn heat down to medium-low and let it simmer until rhubarb is broken down but chunks still remain. This should take 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the tenderness of the rhubarb. Be sure to taste test the sauce while it is simmering, adding more sugar if you like a sweeter sauce. You can also create a thinner sauce by adding more water, if desired. If you like a little more color to your sauce, stir in a drop or two of red food coloring. Remove pan from heat and let cool completely.

for the angel food cake:

Bake cake according to recipe. Let cool completely.

to serve:

Heat grill to medium-high and then lay cut slices of cake onto clean grill grates. Cook until gorgeously charred, and then flip. This should only take a minute or two per side. Serve slices of grilled cake with rhubarb sauce and freshly whipped cream.

Recipe (or no recipe!) for the rhubarb sauce comes from my mom.


31 Responses to “Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mom’s Super Simple Rhubarb Sauce”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 30, 2014 at 6:03 am

    This is such a cool idea. Love it!

  2. #
    Tieghan Gerard — May 30, 2014 at 8:01 am

    This is so pretty! Perfect Summertime dessert!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Love “secret” family recipes like this (and I especially love that your mom sent it via text!) This looks like summer on a plate :)

    • Brenda replied on June 1st, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Thanks, Erin. I love having that text connection with Mom. ;)

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    naomi — May 30, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Love the simplicity of this.

  5. #
    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — May 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    This cake and rhubarb looks delicious. Can’t wait to try this!

  6. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I adore rhubarb. This looks wonderful!

  7. #
    Gaby — May 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    This is gorgeous and I love that you grilled the cake!

    • Brenda replied on June 1st, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Thanks, Gaby. It’s my new go-to summer dessert, a sure crowd pleaser. Just made it again yesterday! :)

  8. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — May 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to try this grilled angel food cake!

    • Brenda replied on June 1st, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Thanks, Jessica. Hope you like it!

  9. #
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — May 31, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Brenda! I love that you grilled this cake! I love the grill marks! and I have to try this rhubarb sauce!! I love recipes from mothers . . so special!

    • Brenda replied on June 1st, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Thank you so much, Alice! xo

  10. #
    Allison — May 31, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Grilled cake sounds like something I really need to try! Of course, I’d probably lose it down the slots, but I still want to try! I’m totally obsessed with rhubarb right now. My neighbour has graciously given me her rhubarb plant to pick from and I can’t get enough! Looks like the perfect early summer dessert.

    • Brenda replied on June 1st, 2014 at 9:58 am

      I don’t think it would be easy to lose the cake down the slots – it works great! Lucky you…enjoy all that rhubarb!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — May 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I love the idea of grilled angel food cake, and the rhubarb sauce is simply perfect! There are so many amazing rhubarb recipes I want to try right now – adding this to the list :)

    • Brenda replied on June 1st, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Thanks, Anna – hope you like it! :)

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    Michael Kemp — May 31, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I made this yesterday and was blown away by how delicious and simple the sauce is. Everyone I served this to said that they are never having normal angel food cake again. The char and slight crunch make this such a wonderful, simple dessert. Thank you for sharing.

    • Brenda replied on June 1st, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Awesome! I made this again this weekend, too. It’s a sure bet for dessert!

  13. #
    Monet — May 31, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I bet grilling the cake brings out and caramelizes the sweetness. Yum! And this simple sauce sounds like the perfect compliment. Thank you for sharing!

    • Brenda replied on June 1st, 2014 at 9:56 am

      You’re welcome! Thanks, Monet. :)

  14. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Ohhh angel food cake is one of my summer favorites! I never imagined grilling it. Brilliant.

    • Brenda replied on June 4th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Ohhhh, Megan, you seriously have to try this!!!

  15. #
    Denise — June 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Have never thought to grill cake, what a fun and easy dessert recipe for summer. Love it.

    • Brenda replied on June 4th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      It’s the most awesome thing, I just can’t stress it enough. I served it to 15+ people last weekend = huge hit!

  16. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — June 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

    What a perfect summer dessert! The rubarb sauce looks particularly delicious!

  17. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — June 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Absolutely love grilling cake! So much fun and that rhubarb sauce is just the bomb diggity.


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