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Chocolate Angel Food Cake



  1. In a small bowl, dissolve 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of the cocoa powder in 1/4 cup boiling water.
  2. In a very large bowl, beat the egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until they hold soft peaks.
  3. Beat in 3/4 cup sugar, a little at a time, and beat whites until they hold stiff peaks.
  4. Fold in cocoa mixture and vanilla extract.
  5. Into a bowl, sift together 4 times flour, remaining sugar and cocoa.
  6. Sift the mixture over egg white mixture in 2 batches, just folding it in each time.
  7. Fold in grated chocolate.
  8. Spoon batter into a 10-inch angel food cake pan and, with a knife, cut through several times to eliminate air pockets.
  9. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 40 minutes.
  10. Invert in pan on rack and cool completely.
  11. Run a thin knife around cake and turn out on cake plate.


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