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Chocolate Angel Cake

 Chocolate Angel Cake
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
12-16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate leaves, optional

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Chocolate Angel Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a
  • serving plate.
  • In a large bowl, combine the first five frosting ingredients; cover
  • and chill for 1 hour. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread over the top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator.
  • Garnish with chocolate leaves if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
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.