Chocolate Angel Food Cake

March/April 1991

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Serve this chocolate angel food cake with low-fat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit.

"I was very disappointed by this recipe. Maybe the problem was me and not knowing how to make a good angel food cake, but I followed the directions precisely and my cake had collapsed within 5 minutes of removing it from the oven. I was...
Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Makes: 16 servings

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  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, (not Dutch-process)
  • 1/4 cup hot, strong coffee
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 large egg whites, at room temperature (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Dissolve cocoa in coffee in a medium bowl; let cool to room temperature. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer in a large bowl until frothy. Add cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 3/4 cup sugar and beat just until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat.
  4. Sift the flour mixture over the beaten egg whites in 3 parts, folding in gently after each sifting. Stir approximately 1 cup of the egg-white mixture into the coffee mixture. Fold it back into the egg-white mixture until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Smooth the top and run a small knife or spatula through the batter to remove any air pockets.
  5. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean and the top springs back when touched lightly, 50 to 60 minutes. Invert the pan over the neck of a bottle and let cool completely. With a knife, loosen the edges and invert the cake onto a serving platter.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To bring an egg to room temperature, either set it out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge it (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.


Per serving: 100 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber; 79 mg sodium; 101 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 very lean meat

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