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.