Monday, October 25, 2010

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

This week with the Heavenly Cake Bakers it was a Angel Food Cake challenge. Challenge because even though the ingredients list is short and the directions seem easy, don't be fooled. The first few times I tried my hand at Angel Food I failed miserably. However, that was when my stubborn streak kicked in. I wasn't going to give in to something as light and feathery as an Angel Food Cake!
Soon after and many eggs later I realized the key to success with this type of cake is in the meringue. Yup, that would be the egg whites and sugar! And the key to success with meringue is in recognizing when the egg white is at the soft peak stage. Then and only then should the sugar be introduced in a slow and steady stream. After achieving success with your meringue the rest is a matter of following the authors directions. Rose Levy Beranbaum's version of Chocolate Angel Food Cake was easy to follow and.....well you'll see what we thought at the end, so read on.
superfine sugar (superfine is very important)
cake flour or Wondra flour (I used cake flour)
egg white
cream of tarter
vanilla extract
grated chocolate (I used a semi-sweet)
Whisk half the sugar, flour and salt together; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, the egg whites and cream of tarter is beaten until soft peaks are foamed.
The balance of the sugar is gradually added with the mixer running on a medium-high speed. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
Carefully and slowly fold in the dry ingredients. Then fold in the grated chocolate, again careful not to deflate the batter.
Empty the batter into a tube pan and bake on 350 degrees for 25-40 minutes. The last step to success is to turn the cake pan upside down for 1 1/2 hours to cool completely.
There are many ways to finish off an Angel Food Cake. You can simply dust with powdered sugar, drizzle with chocolate, top with ice cream and on and on. My family wanted it simply "as is" for their first taste. We found this cake to be moist, tender, and simply delicious. Perhaps tonight it should sit next to a scoop of ice cream!


Vicki said...

Turned out quite lovely!

Hanaâ said...

Very pretty. I used both grated choc and orange zest in mine. Yum! This recipe is a keeper.

ButterYum said...

Fantastic - wonderful photos too. Great job!


lola said...

Yum! What could be better than a chocolate angel food cake. Really lovely.

Baking Sorceress' Apprentice said...

looks wonderful -

Andrea said...

Very nice looking cake! I've been tempted to make this recipe ever since I got this cookbook.

Mendy said...


Great idea. Looks tasty.