Much like its namesake flower, the daffodil cake is a cheerful sign that warmer days are ahead. Here's how it works: half of the batter is ethereal angel food; the other half is enriched with egg yolks and the zest and juice of an orange and a lemon. After layering both in a tube pan and baking, you pour the tart, citrusy glaze on top to create a dessert that will rouse your taste buds—and brighten any gathering.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2022


Credit: Nico Schinco

Recipe Summary

20 mins
55 mins
10 to 12


Mixed-Citrus Glaze:


Instructions Checklist
  • For the Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt through a coarse-mesh sieve onto a piece of parchment. Beat yolks and 1/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until doubled in volume, 3 minutes. Beat in both zests and juices.

  • In a clean bowl with clean whisks, beat egg whites on high speed until foamy. Beat in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar; beat to stiff peaks. Transfer to a large, wide bowl. Sift one-third of flour mixture over top; gently but thoroughly fold in. Repeat twice more with remaining flour mixture.

  • Fold half of egg-white mixture into yolk mixture; dollop into an ungreased 10-inch angel-food-cake pan. Top with remaining egg-white mixture. Run a knife through to release air bubbles. Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, 35 to 40 minutes.

  • Invert pan onto its legs (or rest on the neck of a wine bottle); let cool 1 hour. Run a knife around inside of pan and tube to release cake and unmold, then use it to release cake from pan bottom; remove.

  • For the Glaze: Whisk together all ingredients to create a thick but pourable glaze. If too thick, whisk in more lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time; if too thin, more confectioners' sugar. Place cake on a cake stand and pour glaze over top, letting it drip down sides. Let stand until set, about 30 minutes; decorate with flowers.

Cook's Notes

This cake is best the day it's made, but can be stored at room temperature up to 1 day.