Friday, June 05, 2009

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

So I had all the egg whites left from making gelato-angel food cake seemed the obvious choice.

I wish I had used a smaller pan so it would have risen higher, but that's really a pretty minimal complaint. Come on, chocolate angel food cake is always going to be delicious, no matter what it looks like. With the chocolate gelato and some red berries, this will be a lovely dessert. I still have no idea what I'm serving for dinner, but who cares-chocolate abounds!

From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens, Good and Pellman:

You Will Need:

1 1/4 cups egg whites at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups granulared sugar, sifted
3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
4 tablespoons cocoa, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

Do not grease tube pan.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in the sugar. Fold in very carefully, a tablespoon or two at a time, the flour and cocoa sifted together. When blended stir in vanilla extract.

Pour into pan and bake 30 minutes. Increase heat to 325 degrees F. and bake an additional 30-45 minutes longer.

Invert on a funnel and let hang until cool.


Raymond said...

Mom used'ta always make me an angel food birthday cake, with multicolored candy sprinkles baked in (they'd melt entirely, leaving only polka dots). But the greatest thing was the mocha frosting: cocoa + some coffee mixed into basic buttercream icing. (She used instant coffee, as I recall, making a small bit that would have been waaaay too strong to drink. You need coffee that strong to taste it at all. She'd mix that in to the frosting.)

Goody said...

that sounds great! I really like the idea of using sprinkles too. That sounds like a good trick to know.

Raymond said...

for sprinkles, use the "dot" kind -- that look like multi-colored paper punches -- the "ants" kind... hm, iffy.

Jenn said...

I think I've found the cake that I'll be baking for Frances' birthday on Tuesday. Yay!

Goody said...

I did remember to send Frances a card, but I sent it super-cheap rate instead of first class-so between the US Mail and Canada Post, it might get there by August.

Give her a hug and kiss for me anyway, will ya?