Recipe by sugarpea
Easier than you might think with heavenly results. You can halve this recipe and make an elegant dessert by baking in a Wilton 7 1/2" heart angel food pan. Just right for a romantic dinner. Fill the center hole with beautiful fresh fruit or even flowers. This recipe originally came from chef Brad Ogden in San Francisco.
- 1 1⁄2 cups superfine sugar (if not available or you just want to make your own, put granulated sugar into blender and whirl unti)
- 3⁄4 cup cake flour
- 1⁄4 cup dutch process cocoa
- 2 cups egg whites (about 16 large)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chips or small pieces
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup water
Directions See How It's Made
- Place rack in center of oven and 15 minutes before baking, preheat to 375°.
- Divide sugar in half.
- Sift one half 3 times.
- Set aside.
- Sift the other half of sugar with the flour and cocoa 3 times.
- Set aside.
- Put egg whites in 4 quart grease-free bowl and beat on low speed with electric mixer until foamy.
- Add cream of tartar, vanilla and salt and increase speed to medium.
- Add the 3/4 cup sugar, one T at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Continue beating on medium until whites have increased their volume fivefold and hold their shape but are still shiny and moist.
- Gently and thoroughly fold in flour mixture, by thirds.
- Pour into ungreased 10" tube pan.
- Smooth the surface and cut through batter 5 or 6 times with a rubber spatula to break large air pockets.
- Bake 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Invert over a narrow-necked bottle and allow to cool.
- When completely cooled use a knife to loosen it from the side of the pan and turn out on wire rack.
- Drizzle Chocolate Glaze over top and allow to run down sides of cake.
- Chocolate Glaze: Combine chocolate, butter and water in bowl and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring once a minute until smooth.