Chocolate-Almond Angel Food Cake

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Photo: Oxmoor House
This is not your typical angel food cake. The texture is still light, but the chocolate and almond add a level of decadence that takes it a few steps beyond the classic.
Serves 12 (serving size: 1 slice)


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1.3 ounces white rice flour (about 1/4 cup)
1.15 ounces cornstarch (about 1/4 cup)
1.05 ounces sweet white sorghum flour (about 1/4 cup)
0.9 ounce almond meal flour (about 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
12 large egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1 teaspoon butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt


Hands-on: 18 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 43 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon white rice flour, cornstarch, sweet white sorghum flour, and almond meal flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine white rice flour, cornstarch, sweet white sorghum flour, almond meal flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, cocoa, and xanthan gum in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk.

3. Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Add almond extract; beat well. Sift flour mixture over egg white mixture, 1/4 cup at a time; fold in.

4. Spoon batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Break air pockets by cutting through batter with a knife. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched and small cracks form on top of cake. Invert pan (but don’t remove from pan); cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula. Invert cake onto a plate.

5. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Spoon over cake. Let stand 10 minutes or until glaze is set. Cut cake into 12 slices.

Created date

September 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 209
Fat 1.9 g
Satfat 0.5 g
Monofat 0.2 g
Polyfat 0 g
Protein 5.2 g
Carbohydrate 45 g
Fiber 1.8 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 135 mg
Calcium 14 mg