Cocoa Angel Food Cake Recipe

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"This delicious chocolaty cake is so simple, I've made it hundreds of times," writes Lorraine Olson of Madison, Minnesota. "I never frost it. Instead I serve it with whipped topping, ice cream or sometimes even plain. The recipe won first prize at our county fair."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 12 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 150 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.


  1. Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sift the flour, 1/2 cup sugar and cocoa together twice; set aside.
  2. Add cream of tartar and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 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. Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 50-60 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. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cocoa Angel Food Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p45

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stonewall1959 User ID: 8160637 214989
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"Made this cake today for my wife who is recovering from heart surgery. Turned out perfect. Delicious cake, perfect texture, and low in calories and sodium. Will definitely be making this again."

gouldleslie User ID: 936416 112891
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"A nice texture...a cross tetween a regular cake and a angel food cake mix....really nice chocolate flavour is one of our favs (and to think that it is a low cal cake!!!!)"

lilnikki User ID: 4718469 57173
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Really moist and spongy. I had it with a little whipped cream and I would definitely make it again."

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