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Angel food cake vs. Pound cake — Health Impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on June 22, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan Article author photo Ani Harutyunyan
Angel food cake
vs
Pound cake

Summary

Angel food cake contains more magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin B2 than pound cake. It is also lower in cholesterol, saturated fats, and sugars.

Pound cake is richer in Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B family, folate, iron, and zinc.

It also has lower sodium.

Introduction

We will discuss the main differences between angel food cake and pound cake, focusing on the nutritional value.

What's The Actual Difference?

Angel cake and pound cake have different ingredients, tastes, and appearances
Angel food cake is a sponge cake with egg whites, flour, and sugar. It differs from pound cake in that it contains no butter. The whipped egg white gives it an aerated texture. Pound cake's ingredients are t salt, flour, eggs, sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla. It has a sweet and buttery taste and a dense, velvety texture.

Nutrition

In this section, we will look into the differences between angel and pound cake nutrients. Find the nutrition infographics at the bottom of the page․

Specific food types used in this comparison are pound cake with butter and angel food cake.

Macronutrients

The chart below shows that angel food cake is richer in water and carbs. In contrast, pound cake contains more amounts of fats.

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +18%
Contains more Water +28.3%
Contains more Other +50.3%
Contains more Fats +1645%
Equal in Carbs - 53.64
6% 58% 33% 2%
Protein: 5.9 g
Fats: 0.8 g
Carbs: 57.8 g
Water: 33.2 g
Other: 2.3 g
5% 14% 54% 26%
Protein: 5 g
Fats: 13.96 g
Carbs: 53.64 g
Water: 25.87 g
Other: 1.53 g
Contains more Protein +18%
Contains more Water +28.3%
Contains more Other +50.3%
Contains more Fats +1645%
Equal in Carbs - 53.64

Fats

Pound cake contains more fats than angel food cake. It has 14g of fat, while angel cake provides 0.8g of fat.

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -97.5%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +4153.5%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +831.6%
22% 13% 66%
Saturated Fat: 0.121 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.071 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.367 g
43% 27% 30%
Saturated Fat: 4.811 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.02 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.419 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -97.5%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +4153.5%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +831.6%

Carbs

Both have high amounts of carbs. Angel cake has 58g of carbs per 100g, and pound cake contains 54g of carbs per 100g. If you're controlling your blood sugar levels, be mindful of eating these cakes.

Calories

Both are high in calories. However, pound cake has more calories, containing 353 calories per 100g, whereas angel food cake contains 258 calories per 100g.

Vitamins

The vitamin content of pound cake is richer than that of angel food cake.

It provides five times more Vitamin B12 and more Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and folate.

On the other hand, angel cake contains more Vitamin B2.

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Contains more Vitamin B2 +97.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +69.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +82.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +144.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +16.1%
Contains more Folate +20%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +500%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 26% 114% 17% 12% 8% 27% 8% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 15% 14% 24% 0% 44% 58% 31% 30% 9% 32% 45% 36% 5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +97.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +69.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +82.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +144.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +16.1%
Contains more Folate +20%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +500%

Minerals

Angel cake has more magnesium, potassium, copper, and calcium than pound cake.

The amount of calcium is two times higher in angel cake.

On the other hand, pond cake has more iron, potassium, zinc, and less sodium than angel cake.

Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Calcium +197.9%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +131.4%
Contains more Copper +85.7%
Contains more Selenium +46%
Contains more Iron +184.6%
Contains more Potassium +60.2%
Contains less Sodium -49.7%
Contains more Zinc +514.3%
Contains more Manganese +29.4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 43% 20% 9% 139% 9% 98% 2% 27% 12% 40%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 15% 56% 6% 60% 14% 50% 12% 14% 15% 28%
Contains more Calcium +197.9%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +131.4%
Contains more Copper +85.7%
Contains more Selenium +46%
Contains more Iron +184.6%
Contains more Potassium +60.2%
Contains less Sodium -49.7%
Contains more Zinc +514.3%
Contains more Manganese +29.4%

Glycemic Index

The GI of pound cake is 54, whereas the GI of angel cake is unknown. However, both are high in carbs, so it is better to avoid too much consumption. Check our glycemic index chart page for more information about other foods' GI. 

Health Impact

Of these two cakes, angel cake is a healthier choice because it has no butter and also contains a good amount of fats and fiber. Besides, it has a low saturated fat and cholesterol content and is high in riboflavin and phosphorus [1]. Nevertheless, it is high in carbs, so be mindful of its consumption.

Diabetes

According to research [2], consuming highly processed foods high in simple carbohydrates may significantly increase blood sugar levels in people with type 1 and 2 diabetes. So it is better to avoid them if you have diabetes or comorbidities.

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: June 22, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan

Infographic

Angel food cake vs Pound cake infographic
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Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Angel food cake Pound cake
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Angel food cake Pound cake Opinion
Net carbs 56.3g 53.04g Angel food cake
Protein 5.9g 5g Angel food cake
Fats 0.8g 13.96g Pound cake
Carbs 57.8g 53.64g Angel food cake
Calories 258kcal 353kcal Pound cake
Starch 17.36g Pound cake
Fructose 0.33g Pound cake
Sugar 33.36g Angel food cake
Fiber 1.5g 0.6g Angel food cake
Calcium 140mg 47mg Angel food cake
Iron 0.52mg 1.48mg Pound cake
Magnesium 12mg 8mg Angel food cake
Phosphorus 324mg 140mg Angel food cake
Potassium 93mg 149mg Pound cake
Sodium 749mg 377mg Pound cake
Zinc 0.07mg 0.43mg Pound cake
Copper 0.078mg 0.042mg Angel food cake
Manganese 0.085mg 0.11mg Pound cake
Selenium 7.3µg 5µg Angel food cake
Vitamin A 0IU 241IU Pound cake
Vitamin A RAE 0µg 70µg Pound cake
Vitamin E 0.65mg Pound cake
Vitamin D 34IU Pound cake
Vitamin D 0.8µg Pound cake
Vitamin B1 0.102mg 0.173mg Pound cake
Vitamin B2 0.491mg 0.249mg Angel food cake
Vitamin B3 0.883mg 1.615mg Pound cake
Vitamin B5 0.198mg 0.485mg Pound cake
Vitamin B6 0.031mg 0.036mg Pound cake
Folate 35µg 42µg Pound cake
Vitamin B12 0.06µg 0.36µg Pound cake
Choline 65.6mg Pound cake
Vitamin K 1.7µg Pound cake
Tryptophan 0.075mg 0.041mg Angel food cake
Threonine 0.248mg 153mg Pound cake
Isoleucine 0.312mg 0.204mg Angel food cake
Leucine 0.481mg 0.397mg Angel food cake
Lysine 0.364mg 0.198mg Angel food cake
Methionine 0.183mg 0.117mg Angel food cake
Phenylalanine 0.334mg 0.239mg Angel food cake
Valine 0.354mg 0.249mg Angel food cake
Histidine 0.131mg 0.117mg Angel food cake
Cholesterol 0mg 66mg Angel food cake
Trans Fat 0.192g Angel food cake
Saturated Fat 0.121g 4.811g Angel food cake
Omega-3 - DHA 0.007g Pound cake
Omega-3 - EPA 0.001g Pound cake
Omega-3 - DPA 0.005g Pound cake
Monounsaturated Fat 0.071g 3.02g Pound cake
Polyunsaturated fat 0.367g 3.419g Pound cake
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.004g Pound cake
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 2.895g Pound cake
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.015g Pound cake
Omega-3 - ALA 0.372g Pound cake
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.008g Pound cake

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Angel food cake Pound cake
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
16%
Angel food cake
26%
Pound cake
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
39%
Angel food cake
26%
Pound cake

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Pound cake
Pound cake contains less Sodium (difference - 372mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pound cake
Pound cake is lower in glycemic index (difference - 13)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Pound cake
Pound cake is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Angel food cake
Angel food cake is lower in Sugar (difference - 33.36g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Angel food cake
Angel food cake is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 66mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Angel food cake
Angel food cake is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.69g)
Which food is cheaper?
?
The foods are relatively equal in price ($)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Angel food cake - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172694/nutrients
  2. Pound cake - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172704/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.