Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In the Kitchen with Gram...Angels and Berries!

Mmmmmmmm...I love me some angel food cake! This dessert is incredibly delicious and HOLY MOLY is it easy.

Be prepared to be amazed.

You'll need:

In addition to the berries (don't tell them, but we forgot to put them in the first we gave them their own separate photo, heaven forbid should they be left out.):

You'll need half an angel food cake. I suppose if you were more ambitious than we, you could crack open an angel food cake mix and actually bake the sucker yourself. And if, perhaps, you make your own angel food cake? Well, I don't want to speak to you. OVERACHIEVER.

Boil yourself some water.

Then, pretend like you're making jello, and pour some into the water, stir and stir and stir until it's all dissolved.

Now, here's the tricky part. You know how you add ice/cold water to jello? Well...we're gonna sub that part for some good ol' frozen berries. (I know my Gram is just DYING that we're using Good Value berries, aren't you, Gram? Unfortunately for us, it's all The WalMarts here in town carries. CONSPIRACY.)

Also, a dash of salt. Now, I don't know if the original recipe actually called for this, but my Gram always (that I've seen, anyway) adds a dash of salt to her sweet things and a bit of sugar to her savory things. Do as Gram does and you will be happy. The end. (Put your berry/jello mixture in the fridge at this point to expedite the "setting up" process.)

Rip 1/2 that cake into bite sized pieces and put it into a trifle or 9/13 pan. (Confession...after doing this, I'm not sure I see the purpose in the whole layering bit. It all gloms together in the end anyway...but I didn't tell you that. Layer away. Or, you know, not.)

Now, grab your berries, (*snicker*), which should be nice and thick and sorta set up...

And your Cool Whip...

And gently fold them together. Don't mix it too rough or for too long or your berries and/or Cool Whip might start to break down and get soupy. Bad news.

Now, here's that pesky (and by pesky I mean, "probably not necessary") layering business. Cake, 1/2 of berry/Cool Whip mixture, cake, remaining berry/Cool Whip mixture. (Or, you know, cake, berry/Cool Whip smoosh it together and call it good.)



And not too bad too look at, either!

Gram's Angels and Berries
Printable Recipe

1/2 Angel food cake, torn into bite sized pieces
1 pkg (small pkg) raspberry jello
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1 12oz pkg frozen raspberries
1 c Cool Whip

Pour jello into boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Add in berries and salt, place in fridge to set up slightly. Place 1/2 of cake pieces in trifle or 9x13 pan. When berry mixture has thickened an begun to set up, gently fold in Cool Whip to berries until just combined. Pour 1/2 berry mixture over cake in pan/trifle, spread slightly to ensure adequate coverage of cake, then add remaining cake and pour remaining berry mixture over, spreading and "squooshing" again. Chill until firm, serve with a dollop of Cool Whip, or as is!



  1. Oh my goodness Yum! I am going to make it next week!! I will be buying my angel food cake because that's the way I do it!!

  2. I make a dessert that is similar but instead of mixing all the ingredients together I just layer them. It's DELICIOUS! I'll have to give your version a try! I was at the store yesterday looking at black berries and rasberries thinking about this exact dessert. lol

  3. In my 20's I was a farm wife and I absolutely made everything from scratch, including angel food cake. Actually, I am better at angel food cake than regular cake and think it is easy. Still, I like to think I'm smart and now I am smart enough to know that buying one already done is easier yet!

    I love it when you are in the kitchen with your Grandma!


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