Cakes, Pies & Tarts

How Do You Do Fondue?

Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Fondue Sauce

We’ve never been to a fondue party. Ever. When a friend chose fondue as the theme for a rotating monthly dinner party, we had to do research. Our contribution was fruit/dessert, but it was trickier than that. We had to bring something to be dipped and something that would serve as a dip. No cheese or chocolate here! Oh, and it had to be healthy in a theoretical sense.  There was no better time to pull out one of the more healthier desserts on the block–angel food cake.

Though chocolate and cheese have long ruled the fondue world, there are actually a variety of dishes you can come up with to create a multi-course experience.  Our friendly host featured a meat and veggie course with broth in the pot, and we also had a great nutmeggy emmenthal cheese dip with bread and crackers.  Our recipe was at the end of course accompanied by a variety of fruit that also dipped well into a strawberry fondue sauce.  Angel food cake is fat free, though not calorie free, so it is a light dessert option for almost any occasion.  Anyone up for another fondue party?

Angel Food Cake – Serves 10 to 12
12 egg whites
1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup warm water
Zest of 2 oranges

1. With an electric mixer, whip egg whites, water, zest and cream of tartar until you have soft peaks.

2. As egg whites stiffen, whisk flour with half of sugar and salt. Sift into a bowl and set aside.

3. When eggs are ready, sift 1/4 of flour on top of eggs and fold in carefully with a spatula. Add remaining flour in 3 more batches.

4. Pour into an ungreased tube pan or angel food cake pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until cake is done (comes out dry when you poke a utensil inside).

5. Cool upside down for at least 1-2 hours before cutting. (Place on a cooling rack or on top of a glass–anything to keep cake elevated. It won’t fall out!)

Strawberry Fondue Sauce – Approx. 3 1/2 cups
2-2 1/2 cups strawberries, finely chopped
1 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons half and half
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Juice of 1/2 lemon

1. Put strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a heavy sauce pan. Cook on medium low heat for 13-15 minutes, continuously breaking up berries as they heat.

2. Measure out 1 1/4 cups half and half into a separate bowl and plop a ladle of strawberries in the bowl. Whisk well.

3. Pour milky strawberries back into the original pot and stir well until incorporated. Turn heat down to low.

4. Stir cornstarch and vanilla into remaining half and half. Add to strawberries and continue mixing on the heat for another 3-5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

5. Serve immediately in a fondue pot and get to dippin’!  (The sauce also tastes great cold.)

Click HERE for printable recipes.


47 thoughts on “How Do You Do Fondue?

  1. I realise I’m getting to the party just a bit late here but, oh man, just tell me when the next fondue party is up. I mean, I’ve had the cheese fondue, I’ve had the chocolate fondue, but angel food cake + strawberry? You’re killing me here!

  2. Strawberry dipping sauce sounds amazing! I’ve never made angel food cake before; I’ve always been intimidated by that amount of egg whites. It might just be time to try it though. You’ve certainly given me a craving.

  3. Hello,
    I’ve just found your blog, & really enjoyed it! It so nice to see 2 people who enjoy cooking as much as we do.
    I will now be on a mission to find my fondue for Easter :0)

  4. My mom bought me a fondue set.. I still haven’t used it, although my son uses my skewers for dipping strawberries in chocolate.. I guess he fondues>> Growing up cheese fondue was my favorite.. now I’m gonna have me a craving!! 🙂

  5. I’ve never done fondue! I think the germophobe in me worries about the “double dippers”…LOL
    It sure looks good though!

  6. Oh yum. Count me in for a fondue party. I’d have a hard time doing one that’s healthy though. I do so love chocolate!

    I own a fondue pot, but I’ve only used it twice. I never had a big enough party or the right occasion to use it. I’ve always done cheese fondue when I’ve used it. There is really nothing better than bread and lots of gooey, melty cheese.

  7. what a great idea!!! crafty, crafty– of course, I’m not surprised!!!

    makes me want to make angel cake for sure. 🙂

  8. that strawberry fondue sounds lovely! nick and i are cheese fondue people. my favorites are cheddar with guiness, garlic, worcestecire (sp!?) sauce and green onions and a little mustard powder. for a more gourmet mix, i to a mix of emmenthaler and gruyere with a (cheap) table bordeaux with garlic. mmmm.

  9. I’ve always wanted to try fondue. The only place near me that does it is the Melting Pot and that’s out of my price range.

    But this strawberry fondue sauce…may just hit the stop for a homemade made fondue dinner.

  10. It’s my family’s tradition to do beef fondue on Christmas Eve, and it’s probably one of my favorite meals of the year. The broth gives the beef the most incredible flavor!

  11. Ah, I love fondue parties and angel food cake seems to be just the ticket – not too heavy for the last course.

  12. Oh the strawberry sauce sounds amazing. I really need to drag out my fondue set – it’s been much too long.

  13. A gorgeous combo! That delightful cake must taste even more scrumptious when combined with that strawberry fondue! Yummy!



  14. doggyblogg stole my pun … why am I not surprised?! 😉

    As for fondue, usually I’m a cheese fondue kind of girl … but give me something chocolate to dip in that luscious strawberry sauce and I just might convert!

  15. Hubby and I bring out the ‘pot’ once in a while on movie night! Fodue pot that is, lol, sorry for that one, but as you read my last post title I cannot help myself sometimes…

    This gives me a great idea for a class for my students, who I know cannot afford to go to the melting pot restaurant! I will bring it to them!

  16. I want to hear more about the concept of a rotating monthly dinner party. That sounds like so much fun! I’m trying to think of more inventive ways to get together and entertain.

  17. I got a fondue pot as a wedding gift….almost 6 years ago….we’ve used it exactly once! But I really want to pull it out and get to dipping!

  18. I loved this from the second I saw the photo AND I have everything to make it. Shall I sacrifice the easter egg eggs for this?

  19. I’ve never been to a fondue party myself, but my parents used to throw them quite often in the 80’s.

    This dessert sounds really great and I’m sure the party was a lot of fun!

  20. Haha @ doggybloggy!

    Hello C & A,
    This dessert seems to be light & yummy! I just had dinner, traditional Turkish dumplings we call “manti” but my battery died on me grr 😀

    So you and your friends have dinner parties… I’d really like to have them some day… I’m sure my man would enjoy that idea as well. You guys sound cool!


  21. Now this is a good use for angel food cake. I’m not fond of it all plain and stuff, but dip it in some fondue and now we’re talking.

  22. I like fondue! I haven’t had it in a long time because I don’t have the equipment, and the Melting Pot is ridiculously overpriced, but maybe I could figure out a way to do this at home without a fondue pot.

  23. Heh, I haven’t had fondue in years. Strawberry fondue sauce is inspired, I’m definitely copying down that recipe.

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