Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Posted in Cakes, Muffins & Breads, Recipes

This cake will blow you away. The flavour is just amazing and it is so light and fluffy. Its a great dessert after a heavy meal because its so light. A nice variation over a traditional angel food cake. Angel food cakes have a lot of steps to them, but are well worth the effort.

Bakers note: don’t skimp on the cocoa. Since it is the main flavour of the cake, get the best one you can find. I used Fry’s.

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
3/4 cup cake flour
1/4 tsp salt
12 egg whites (I used the carton version of egg whites)
1 tsp cream of tartar

1. Preheat oven to 350F

2. In medium bowl, combine cocoa and hot water to mix well. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar, flour, salt. Set aside.

4. Prepare your electric mixer with a large bowl. With the setting on high, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.

5. While still beating, gradually add remaining sugar until you form stiff peaks.

6. Sift half of the flour mixture over the egg white mixture. Fold gently to combine. Repeat with remaining flour.

7. Stir 1 cup of egg white mixture into cocoa mixture. Gently fold all of this cocoa mixture back to the egg white mixture. Fold until combined.

8. Spoon into ungreased 10″ tube pan . Run a small knife through batter to remove any air pockets.

9. Bake about 50 mins until springy and toothpick inserted near centre comes out clean.

10. Cool the cake by inverting it over a bottle – most tube pans fit nicely over a wine bottle neck. This is crucial for the air circulation around and under the cake.

11. When completely cool, loosen edges of cake with knife and invert to serving plate. If you have a tube pan in 2 pieces, you can loosen the sides, remove the cake, then loosen the bottom quite easily.

12. Garnish and serve. :)

To Serve: garnish with fresh berries, drizzle with a gourmet fruit sauce, and add a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Variations: I am going to eventually try this basic recipe but swap out the cocoa for other flavours such as maple syrup or gingerbread. You can also try a layer cake by cutting this in half and putting a nice thick jam or a nice light icing in the middle.

Recipe adapted from Healthy Meals in Minutes

One Response to “Chocolate Angel Food Cake”

  1. I recently tried your recipe and you are right the cake it amazing! I even made up some whipped cream and had the cake topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. It was so fresh and delightful!

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