Strawberry Angel Food Cake

This strawberry angel food cake vintage recipe is made with jello, cool whip, frozen fresh strawberries, and angel food cake.  That’s it! Only four ingredients. It’s a sweet no-bake make-ahead refrigerated strawberry dessert that has become a true family favorite for us.

If you like this recipe (and have plenty of strawberries around), you’ll also love fresh strawberry pie and strawberry shortcake from scratch.

strawberry angel food cake on a plate

Why You Need Strawberry Angel Food Cake In Your Life

A good fresh strawberry dessert recipe is one of my favorites this time of year.  While the strawberries aren’t ripe for picking YET in Ohio, I do know that they are in other parts of the country, which has me thinking about strawberry desserts like strawberry rhubarb pie. And because I see the prices drop at our area grocery stores, I wanted to make a fun dessert that was very easy but used fresh strawberries!

  • Fresh strawberries. When strawberries are in season they are the best! This is a unique strawberry dessert that uses only 1 pound of fresh strawberries.
  • Easy to pull together. This dessert is super simple to make and a great one to have the kids join in on!
slice into strawberry dessert

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Only Four Ingredients

To make this fresh strawberry dessert recipe you will only need four ingredients!

  • Strawberry Jell-O – I recommend the name brand. This is one instance where generic just doesn’t cut it.
  • Fresh Strawberries – You will need your strawberries to be frozen. You can use fresh; just pop them in the freezer for 24 hours before making this recipe.
  • Cool Whip – It brings this recipe all together. Use good ol’ cool whip or make your own.
  • Angel Food Cake – I buy it at the store in the bakery section. I mentioned, easy, right?
frozen fresh strawberries on parchment paper

How to Freeze Fresh Strawberries

It was easy to freeze the fresh strawberries. I would recommend doing this as you’re able to control the size of each strawberry. You know how huge strawberries can be? I like to be able to control that and cut cut them before freezing.

  1. Wash: The day before you plan to make this recipe, wash and cut one pound of fresh strawberries.  You’ll want the strawberries to be bite-size. 
  2. Freeze: Place them on parchment paper and freeze. 
  3. Store: Once they are semi-frozen you can put them in a plastic bag to use when you’re ready to make the strawberry angel food cake.
step by step photos on how to make strawberry angel food cake

How to Make

  1. Break the angel food cake into 1 – 2 inch pieces.  Add to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Boil 1 1/4 cups of water on the stove.  Dissolve the Jell-O into the boiling water.  Once dissolved, add the frozen strawberries and stir.  I then transferred the strawberry mixture to a mixing bowl.
  3. Fold in the cool whip into the strawberry mixture.  Yum!
  4. Add the angel food cake into the strawberry mixture until well combined.
strawberry angel food cake in pan

5. Pour into an 11×7 pan.  You can use a 9×13 pan, but I like my strawberry angel food cake thicker. 
6. Chill. Place the cake into the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to chill.  Longer is better!

This Fresh Strawberry Dessert recipe took minutes to make!  It’s an easy and fresh dessert to enjoy those fresh strawberries on a hot day!  No oven required.   Top with whipped cream if you prefer and enjoy!

Strawberry Angel Food Cake FAQ

What size pre-made angel food cake do I need to purchase?

I used a 13 oz bakery made angel food cake for this recipe.

Do I need to grease the pan before adding the strawberry mixture?

No. I didn’t and had no problems.

Why use fresh strawberries and not buy frozen ones?

I like to be in control of how big the strawberry bites are. I’ve also found that buying fresh certain times of the year is much cheaper. That being said, you could use store bought frozen strawberries if you prefer.

Can you use an angel food cake pan to make this recipe?

I did in the past, but it was very difficult to get the cake out of the pan. For this reason, I suggest using an 11×7 or 9×13 inch pan.

Watch How to Make This Strawberry Dessert

fresh strawberry angel food cake recipe
Created by: Lynette Rice

Strawberry Angel Food Cake


Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
12
This strawberry angel food cake vintage recipe is made with jello, cool whip, frozen fresh strawberries, and angel food cake. That’s it! Only four ingredients. It’s a sweet no-bake make-ahead refrigerated strawberry dessert that has become a true family favorite for us.

Ingredients
  

  • 3 oz package of strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 1/4 cups water boiling
  • 1 lb strawberries frozen
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed
  • 13 oz angel food cake

Instructions

  • Break angel food cake into 1 – 2 inch pieces.
    angel food cake ideas with fresh strawberries in bowl
  • Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water.  Add frozen strawberries and stir.
    fresh strawberries and jello in bowl
  • Place strawberry mixture into a large bowl and fold in the Cool Whip.  Add angel food cake pieces and combine.
    easy strawberry cake recipe mixing cool whip with strawberries
  • Pour into 11×7 or 9×13 pan.
    strawberry dessert in pan
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until fully set.

Notes

How to Freeze Fresh Strawberries

  • Wash: The day before you plan to make this recipe, wash and cut one pound of fresh strawberries.  You’ll want the strawberries to be bite-size.
  • Freeze: Place them on parchment paper and freeze.
  • Store: Once they are semi-frozen you can put them in a plastic bag to use when you’re ready to make the strawberry angel food cake.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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Strawberry Angel Food Cake Recipe originally shared May 2014.  Updated 2021.

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112 Comments

  1. Will real whipped cream work or will it get soggy?

  2. Can you make this the night before?

    1. Lynette Rice says:

      I would not recommend it. I find it is best fresh.

  3. Marcella Wood says:

    5 stars
    My Mother made this Strawberry Refrigerator Cake recipe in the 50’s. It was always a special dessert for a summer party.
    Delicious! I’ve made it also, for a number of years. It is always enjoyed.

  4. I don’t understand the point of using frozen berries. Why not just buy fresh berries, cut them up, and use them. It seems like the frozen ones would get soggy or watery as they thaw in the mixture. Has anyone tried this with fresh-never-frozen berries?

    1. SaTina E. says:

      Taking the fresh berries and freezing them will help the jello and cool whip set quicker. Prepare the fresh berries the night before and freeze as per her instructions.

  5. Mary Myers says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and delicious!I added a bit more cool whip to make it go further. I put a thin layer of plain cool whip on top and placed very thin slices of strawberries on top for presentation. It went over great!

  6. Barbara Wetherell says:

    This looks delicious! Do you think i could make it in a springform pan? Undo when ready to serve? Wondering if it would keep its shape. Wonder how it would freeze?

  7. 5 stars
    I will make it looks delicious

  8. Why do you have to freeze the strawberries?

    1. If you don’t freeze them, the juices of the strawberries start to create a mushy texture. Freezing allows everything to come together in the best way!

  9. Do you use regular or sugar free jello? Or can it be made with either?

    1. I’ve only used regular. Sugar-free should work – but it will taste like sugar-free. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Made this a few weeks ago & it was SO easy & SO yummy! Today I’m trying it with blackberries & because I can’t find BlackBerry Jello (do they even make that flavor?) I’m substituting raspberry. Think it’ll work 😋

    1. Great idea! Let me know how it goes!