Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Chocolate Angel Food Cake
Since I have an abundance of eggs on the farm. . .I enjoy whipping up copious amounts of egg whites. . for meringues and cakes. This Chocolate Angel Food Cake is light and it freezes really well. You will need a angel food cake pan. . and it serves 12 easily.
Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup of cake and pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons of instant coffee
  1. Sift the above ingredients together .. either by putting them through a sieve or using a sifter. I generally put it through at least 3 times to add in lightness. I use two bowls and send it back and forth. Set aside.
  • 2 cups of egg whites. . .now. . egg sizes vary greatly .. .so you will want to measure the volume but you can count on 12 large eggs or up to 16 medium ones. (or you can purchase egg whites in the dairy case at your grocer)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Divide the eggs carefully. . one in a small dish at a time. Do not break the eggs into one bowl. . adding each egg white. .because it only takes one speck of egg yolk to ruin a batch of meringue. The egg yolks can be divided and frozen in little plastic bags to add into scrambled eggs or quiche.
  2. In a large metal or glass bowl that has been given a fresh wash with hot soapy water and a good hot rinse. . .beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar and salt.
  3. When the eggs begin to get frothy, add the sugar. . .slowly and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Add vanilla
  5. Remove the beaters and 1/2 cup at a time, fold in the flour and cocoa mixture. This must be done slowly and best with either a large whisk or rubber spatula.
  6. With care. . .slowly pour the batter into your large angel food pan.
  7. Bake between 45 and 50 minutes .. .or until the cracks appear dry.
Allow to cool upside down before removing from pan. Cut along the edge with a serrated knife and release the bottom.
To fill the cake. . .I whipped together . ..
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 package of chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 package of dream whip
It can be served with ice cream . . or what I often do is make a chocolate ganache. .
1 cup of heavy whipping cream. . .brought to a boil. . .and then removed from heat. . and enough chocolate chips to just come below the surface of the cream. Allow to sit several minutes and then stir until smooth. Allow to cool .. chill until it is still pourable but not runny. .
Pour over cake and refrigerate. . .until hardened and then cover with plastic wrap.

12 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! I've never seen a chocolate angel food cake before. And funny about finding ways to use the eggs...I was just telling my Mom yesterday that i needed to buy some chickens, I use so many eggs. :)

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  2. Wow! What a scrumptious looking cake! I never heard of a chocolate angel food cake either but I can certainly see the two words being used together....this cake looks heavenly.

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  3. It's been many years since I have eaten chocolate angel food cake. Looks delicious. Now, will you tell us how you use the egg yolks? ;)

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  4. Well, it certainly looks appealing...and the touch of green makes it the perfect dessert for today!

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  5. This looks delicious! I noticed that in the photo the cake is layered with frosting; did you use the ganache for that?

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  6. Lovella, You are a baking artist! Beautiful...

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  7. Beautiful presentation, especially for today. Happy St. Patricks Day!I am wondering about the chocolate ganache. Is that what you filled it with?

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  8. The cake is filled with 1 1/2 cups of milk with one package of chocolate instant pudding and one package of dream whip.
    YOu could also just fill with chocolate whipped cream. .

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  9. My mom always baked chocolate cakes...I've tried to introduce chocolate...but maybe I will just try again...and spruce it up with green.

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  10. I've never heard of this before but it sounds better than the original...and with strawberries in season...oh my!

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  11. Oh my, I am so going to have to try this one! Looks so moist and delicious! :)

    Hope you had a Happy St. Pat's Day! ~hugs, Rhonda

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  12. I think my g'children would love this..a great b'day cake.

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