Angel Food Cake: Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut parchment paper or wax
paper to fit the bottom of a 10-inch round cake pan. Do not grease the pan or
Sift together flour and confectioners' sugar. Set aside.
Place egg whites in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer. Beat slowly while adding
the salt and cream of tartar, then continue beating for 1 minute, or until soft
peaks form. Increase speed to medium; add sugar, by tablespoons until it is
all incorporated, then beat 1 1/2 minutes longer. When egg whites are still,
add vanilla and almond extracts. Remove bowl from mixer and sprinkle half the
flour-sugar mixture over the egg whites. Fold in with rubber spatula; sprinkle
with remaining flour-sugar mixture and fold again, using a minimum number of
strokes so that the egg whites do not deflate.
Gently spoon mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes
or until golden brown. Do not over bake or the cake will sink in the middle.
Devil's Food Cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil and flour a round 10-inch
Sift cocoa into mixing bowl, then drizzle in the coffee while whisking to
make a smooth paste. Set aside.
Combine shortening, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs and beat for 2 minutes
at medium speed.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking
soda. Alternately add the coffee-cocoa mixture and the flour mixture to the
egg-sugar mixture and continue beating until incorporated.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Peanut Butter Mousse: Into the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the cream
cheese until light and creamy. Gradually beat into he confectioners' sugar,
then the peanut butter. Continue beating until thoroughly incorporated and fluffy.
If mixture looks lumpy, add 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. It may not smooth
out, but it will be easier to blend. Transfer mixture to another bowl and set
Place the heavy cream in the electric mixer bowl and whip until stiff. Carefully,
but thoroughly, combine both mixtures. Set aside.
Ganache: In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring the cream to a boil and
stir in chocolate. Remove from heat, cover pan and let chocolate melt. Whisk
to combine thoroughly, then let cool to room temperature.
To Assemble: When both cakes have cooled, carefully slice them in half horizontally
with a sharp serrated knife (the longer the better), so that you now have four
cake layers. To slice angel food cake, spray the knife with oil. Holding the
top of the cake with your flat open hand, use a sawing action to slice through.
Do not put pressure on the knife, or the cake might tear; just let the sawing
action do its work. (If the cake sinks in the center, fill it in with some extra
mousse. Make this the top part 1 layer and it will be easier to level off.)
Place 1 layer of devil's food cake on a plate and spoon a third of the peanut
butter mousse on top. Add a layer of angel food cake, then spread with another
third of the mousse. Add second devil's food layer, then remaining mousse.
Top with remaining angel food layer. Whisk the ganache, then spread over the
cake with a spatula, frosting both top and sides generously. Refrigerate for
at least two hours before serving.