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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Black and White Angel Food Cake

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Looking for something a little lighter for dessert after the holidays? This would be perfect.   To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.


This Angel Food Cake is so good. Half chocolate , half white with a little drizzle of cream cheese glaze. This is so light and soft with just the right amount of sweetness, the cream cheese glaze adds something really nice to this cake. I found this recipe on Fresh From the Oven, her cake is a darker chocolate then mine and looks terrific. She used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa, I didn't have any so I used regular cocoa, it was wonderful. I'll try the darker chocolate some time soon. Either way you can't go wrong with a cake like this. This cake wasn't any more work than making a regular Angel Food Cake, let me show you.


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I started this cake by making cake flour, I never buy cake flour anymore, it's just to easy to make it. Take the amount of flour you need for your recipe, in this case 1 cup. Sift the flour, for every cup of flour you need take out 2 tablespoons of the sifted flour out and replace it with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Sift the flour and cornstarch together at least 3 times, measure out the amount of flour you need ( 1 cup) for your recipe. Now you have cake flour. To the flour add 3/4 cup of sugar and whisk together , set aside.


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Separate 12 large eggs, I like to use this little gadget so I don't get any egg yolk into my egg whites, because if that happens the egg whites won't whip up.


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In the bowl of your mixer add the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt.

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Set your mixer on high and beat the egg white until foamy. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar , 1 tablespoon at a time until the egg whites are stiff.

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At this point beat in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.

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Take the flour you set aside and sift it over the stiffly beaten egg whites 1/4 cup at a time.
FOLD the flour into the egg whites, repeat with the flour until all the flour is folded into the egg whites.

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Take half of your batter and spread it into an angle food cake pan, do not grease the pan.

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Run a knife through the batter to release any air pockets you might have in the batter.

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Sift 2 ( I used 3 ) tablespoons of cocoa over the remaining batter, fold to incorporate.

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Spread the chocolate batter over the white , again run a knife through the batter to release any air pockets Bake this at 325 degrees for 55 minutes.

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When the cake comes out of the oven invert it until it cools.

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After the cake is cooled run a spatula or knife around the sides and bottom to release the cake.

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This is a delicious cake, I hope you try it!

Black and White Angel Food Cake
Fresh From the Oven


Black and White Angel Food Cake
adapted from Cookinglight May2007

Cake:

1 cup cake flour (about 4 ounces)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 large egg whites
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa (such as Hershey's Special Dark) *I used 3 tbsps of Dutch processed cocoa*

Glaze:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons tub light cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon 1% low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon unsweetened dark cocoa (such as Hershey's Special Dark)

Topping:

Sliced strawberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 325°.

To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and 3/4 cup granulated sugar, stirring with a whisk; set aside.Place cream of tartar, salt, and egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Beat in juice and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Sift flour mixture over egg white mixture, 1/4 cup at a time; fold in after each addition.Spoon half of batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, spreading evenly. Break air pockets by cutting through batter with a knife. Sift 2 tablespoons cocoa over remaining batter; fold in. Spoon cocoa batter evenly over top of vanilla batter; break air pockets by cutting through cocoa layer with a knife.
Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan; cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula. Invert cake onto a plate.
To prepare glaze, place powdered sugar, cream cheese, milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Drizzle half of glaze over cake.Add 3/4 teaspoon cocoa to remaining glaze; stir well to combine. Drizzle cocoa glaze over cake. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until glaze is set. Garnish with strawberries, if desired.

37 comments:

noble pig said...

I do need a light dessert about now! This looks classy for New Years!

Big Boys Oven said...

wow I just love this cake of yours.. so light and fluffy, having to meringue! just awesome!

Marie said...

Lovely looking angel food cake Bunny!! I never thought of doing a white and chocolate one. Just gorgeous and perfect for a light dessert after all the rich foods we've been eating over the holidays!

Ivy said...

The cake looks beautiful. Happy New Year Bunny and Carol.

The Blonde Duck said...

You never cease to amaze me Bunny! What a gorgeous cake!

Gloria said...

Bunny, the cake is absolutely georgeous and really yummy I love it!! I whish you a really happy New and wonderful year!!! Gloria

Theresa said...

Nice twist. Never thought to do that. Nice way to make an average cake to an amazing cake! Beautiful, Bunny.

Elra said...

Honestly,
I never made angel food cake before, it seems pretty difficult to me, plus I don't have that special tube pan. Your look so different with two different layers and flavor. I am sure this is delicious.

Happy new year!
Elra

My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a gorgeous dessert and one that I wouldn't feel too bad eating!

Grace said...

angel food cake is always a welcome dessert to me, and incorporating chocolate obviously makes it that much better. bravo, and happy new year!

Maria said...

I love the black and white cake! Happy New Years!

Karen said...

I love homemade angel food cake and this looks delicious - and so fancy!

Heather said...

wow - that looks so good! and beautiful!!

♥Reeni said...

What a gorgeous cake! Perfect for indulging without feeling too bad about it. Happy New Year!

giz said...

What a great conversation piece, not to mention it looks delicious. Great job on the tutorial too.

Deb said...

I just found the cake I will be making for my daughter's 21st birthday next week!

Malar Gandhi said...

First time here, like your step by step instructions...glad to know you're a great baker! Cake looks fab' love anything chocolateey...

Susan said...

This cake looks so delicious. Light and fluffy!
What a nice treat after so many heavy Christmas desserts. I have to try this one!
Happy New Year Dear- may the new year bring you much happiness and joy!

Kevin said...

hat angel food cake looks good!

Maryann said...

Happy new year bunny!

Ingrid said...

I've not liked any of the angel food cake that I've tried. Guess I need to just make my own because yours looks really good!! I'd finally use my angel food pan, too.

Happy,happy New Year!!
~ingrid

Tanya said...

That looks awesome...wonderful! Happy New Year!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A gorgeous Angel Food Cake! Nice blog you have here!

Cheers,

Rosa

Emily said...

I haven't had angel food cake in so long! What a great idea. I think it's okay that you used regular cocoa powder. I love the flavor of the dark, but usually it gives your baked goods a slight gray color.

SheBellaMia said...

Looks beautiful! I love all your step by step pictures.

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

Wow! That looks delicious. And the photo of the slice is great, I love how it shows the different colors of the cake.

Happy New Year!

Jacque said...

Yummy! I haven't had angel food cake in ages. Yours looks delish, I really like the multi-layered version.

Lisa said...

This looks so light and pretty too.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

This is a great way to get a chocolate fix wtihout calorie overkill. I have always liked angel food cake. I don't own a tub pan though. Must remedy that!

Amanda said...

Holy moly! My daughter has been begging me to make an angel food cake but she wants it plain. So I will have to make this one another time, but I definitely will!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

That's a beauty of an angel food cake! The frosting on top is definitely a nice touch. Hope you have a happy new year!

amandalouden said...

Seriously?! So yum!

Cristine said...

Oh man... that looks GOOD!

Mom2three said...

Wow! This looks so delicious that I'll have to have company over just so I can fix this! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting such great pictures.

melissa said...

this cake looks to die for! i must try it. i don't have much luck with icings, but you know what they say - practice makes perfect!

Jaime said...

yum! love the drizzle on top

Psychgrad said...

I like this. I've been thinking of trying angel food cake for a while but was worrying it would be boring. This looks like a good twist.