Chocolate Angel Food Cake-Chocolate Ganache Icing
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- 1 cup cake flour
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa
- ¾ cups sugar plus 2 tablespoons( super-fine sugar)
- 12 egg whites (1½ cups), room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tarter
- ¾ cups sugar (super-fine sugar)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- chocolate ganache:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2Sift together the flour, cocoa, and first amount of sugar 3 times; set aside.
3In a large mixer bowl, beat egg whites and salt until foamy on medium speed. Sprinkle in the cream of tartar and the vanilla. Continue to beat until egg whites are stiff and stand in peaks; about 2-3 minutes.
4Add the 2nd amount of sugar; 2 Tablespoons at a time. Beating only until sugar is blended, about a minute.
5Sprinkle flour mixture, ¼ cup at a time over the beaten egg whites, folding it in gently with a spatula, just until flour mixture disappears.
6Gently add the batter into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan. With a knife, cut through the batter 2 or 3 times in a circular motion.
7Bake 30-35 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in oven for 5 minutes more.
8Remove and invert tube pan on a long neck glass bottle like a coke or beer bottle. Let cake hang until it is completely cooled. When cooled, carefully take a sharp knife and loosen the cake from around the pan to remove it. Place angel food topside down on a plate or a cake plate.
9If you do not like Ganache, you can also serve the cake plain, or topped with whipped cream or your favorite glaze or icing.
11Place chocolate in a stainless steel bowl.
12Heat the cream, butter, and sugar in a 2-½ quart pan over medium heat. When mixture is hot, stir to dissolve the sugar and bring to a boil.
13Pour boiling cream over chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes without stirring.
14After the 5 minutes, stir until smooth. Allow chocolate to cool at room temperature.
15Drizzle the ganache over cake, or ice the cake completely with the chocolate ganache.
16You can also chill some of the ganache for about 10 minutes in a pastry bag for piping decorations on the cake.