This recipe has been handed down in the Sutton family for over 100 years. It pairs very well with Gallo Family Twin Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
- 13 egg whites
- 1 cup cake flour
- 2 cups sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- COFFEE ICING:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 3 teaspoons strong brewed coffee
- Let egg white stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sift flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa and baking powder together twice; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla, lemon juice and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about a fourth at a time.
- Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest rack at 350° for 45 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched and cracks feel dry. Immediately, invert baking pan; cool completely. Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan. Invert cake onto a serving plate.
- For icing, in a bowl cream butter, sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice and vanilla; mix well. Thin to desired consistency by beating in coffee at teaspoon at a time. Spread icing over cooled cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Coffee Icing in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Spring 2009, p77
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