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Chocolate Angel Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Angel Cake Recipe

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When I was married in 1944, I could barely boil water. My dear mother-in-law taught me her specialty - making the lightest angel food cakes ever. This chocolate version is an easy, impressive treat. For many years, it was our son's birthday cake.—Joyce Shiffler, Colorado Springs, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups egg whites (about 10)
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 244 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 194 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sift together confectioners' sugar, flour and cocoa three times; set aside.
  2. Add cream of tartar and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  3. Spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the first five frosting ingredients; cover and chill for 1 hour. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Spread over the top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Garnish with chocolate leaves if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Angel Cake in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 244 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 194 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"Thanks seablue02! I'm so glad you addressed these questions. You are right...Angel Food cake is not like regular cake....it's so much better! Especially homemade Angel Food!"

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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"First of all, I'm going to address some of the issues on here. leslie93, I tried egg whites in a carton, did not work well. Used a dozen of egg whites, came out perfect. jlin0809, No, you do not add oil or applesauce to angel food cake. This is NOT a normal cake. Rezarta, angel food cakes do not, and are not suppose to have, baking soda or baking powder. If your's did not rise, then you missed a step somewhere. You beat the egg whites, add the sugar, beat until stiff. You MUST FOLD in the flour. If you mix it in, the entire cake will fall flat, it will deflate and it will not rise. So, if you had problems, it's a step you missed. I'm guessing you treated this cake like you would any normal cake. An angel food cake is not an ordinary cake and cannot be mixed or treated like an ordinary cake. My angel food cake came out fantastic. One more thing I forgot to mention, and this is very important, the cake needs to baked on the lowest shelf in the oven. When it's done, the top should be dry and cracked. You cannot check it with a toothpic, the way you do a regular cake. It won't work. It's too light and airy."

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Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"Can you use the liquid carton of egg whites?"

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Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"Did u add no oil or Apple sauce in the cake batter??"

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"Well worth the work. The frosting is light and not overly sweet."

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