It’s been a while since I’ve done a Mom It Down and it shows. This weekend, I noticed a carton of organic egg whites I’d been sitting on (ha!) were set expire soon, so I decided to revisit the angel food cake. Let me tell you: this baking adventure consisted of a series of mistakes which led to one grand finale of a mess. But I thought I should share it because not everything works out. Sometimes things go so badly, they go from oven to trash, but not before collecting photographic evidence.
I’ve made an almond angel food cake a bunch of times. Not once have I screwed it up. And it tastes even better than it looks. Pretty, no?
Plus, it’s easy. So this time I figured I’d try a chocolate version. How hard could it be? Cocky, I entered the kitchen as if I hadn’t missed weeks worth of baking. Oops!
I’m going to give the recipe as-is. Granted, I don’t know that this works out just yet. But I’m willing to bet that if you do things correctly, it will be awesome. So, if you’re feeling up for it and you happen to be sitting on (ha!) a bunch of egg whites, please, by all means, give this a go and let me know if it’s any good.
What you will need
- 10-inch tube pan
- Working brain
- 12 eggs (1 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Where I went wrong
Usually this section is the “Mom It Down” section where I explain just how easy this particular recipe is to do. Not this time! This time I’ll explain everything I did wrong and then post a picture of the final result.
Preheat oven to 350.
Add your eggs to your mixer. It’s best to let these sit at room temperature for a while. While that’s happening you’re supposed to sift together the cake flour, cocoa, and the powdered sugar and set it aside in a bowl. I did not. I added the flour, sugar, powdered sugar, CREAM OF TARTAR, and the chocolate powder to the bowl. OOPS!
(Incidentally, my first thought here was: Search “Cream of Tartar”; Delete all.)
I was mostly worried about the cream of tartar as it’s needed to harden the egg mixture. So, I figured why not just add another 1 1/2 teaspoons to the egg mixture. I mean, I already knew this was going to be a mess, might as well see what kind of mess I was going to be dealing with.
So, I added cream of tartar, vanilla and salt to the egg mixture. I started beating them on high speed. Looks good, right?
Sure! But I had already added the sugar to the dry mixture. I knew that this was going to be far too heavy for my lovely stiff eggs to handle, but I went ahead and added it anyway. I beat. Oh boy did I beat it. But it never fluffed up again.
Now, I wish I had a picture of the mixture AFTER I added all the flour and sugar and whatnot. I do not. I was too pissed off at myself to do it at the time to take pictures. It wasn’t until later did I realize that I might as well post something about how things sometimes just go horribly wrong.
I did get a great shot of the final product. Lovely, no?
So, now that you’re all confused by my mess, let me try and breakdown what’s supposed to happen.
In one bowl:
- Cake flour
- Powdered sugar
In the mixer:
- Cream of tartar
Beat that for a bit.
- Add (regular) sugar.
Beat until super stiff. Add dry mixture slowly.
Slowly spoon that into an ungreased 10-inch tube. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes.
You should have yourself a lovely chocolate angel food cake.
Unlike me. :]