Prep 45 mins
Cook 50 mins
This is a beautiful angel food cake! It becomes a canvas just waiting to be "painted." It presents as an elegant dessert, sure to please all who try it. It has a wonderful, nutty texture and an intense espresso taste. I love it, and I hope you will also. I have served this with a glaze, sometimes frosted with a very light frosting,sometimes with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar and chocolate curls. Give this cake your personal touch!
- 1 1⁄4 cups sifted whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar, divided
- 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 12 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Sift together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons espresso powder(push through sieve). Stir again, set aside.
- In a small bolw, mix remaining 1 tablespoons espresso powder with 1 teaspoons hot water. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Set aside.
- In a large bowl or standing mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until soft peaks form. Add remaining 1 cup sugar and beat until egg whites are firm but not dry. Beat in liquid espresso mixture.
- Sift 1/3 of flour mixture onto egg whites, and, with a rubber or silicone spatula, gently fold into whites. Add remaining flour in two batches, folding in gently after each addition. Turn batter onto an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Bake until browned and firm, 50 to 60 minutes.
- Invert cake (in pan) on a cooling rack and let cool completely, at least one hour. Run a long, thin, sharp knife between the cake and the pan to loosen; remove cake. Keep covered, at room temperature, up to 1 day.