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Contest-Winning Chocolate Angel Food Cake

 Contest-Winning Chocolate Angel Food Cake
When I take this different kind of angel food cake to church bake sales, it goes before I can get it on the table! I've always enjoyed cooking, especially baking. My other hobbies are embroidery, counted cross-stitch and taking care of my flowers and garden (I love to can). My husband and I are retired to our farm home; we have three sons, all grown, and four grandchildren.
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups egg whites (about 10)
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • CHOCOLATE FLUFF FROSTING:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • Dash salt

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. Sift the flour, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and
  • cocoa three times. Set aside.
  • Add cream of tartar, vanilla 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. Mixture will be thick.

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Contest-Winning Chocolate Angel Food Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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 40-45 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.
  • For frosting, In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken.
  • Add the sugar, cocoa and salt; beat until stiff peaks form. Frost
  • top and sides of cake.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 344 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 127 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.