Chocolate Angel Food Cake

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Light and fluffy with just the right amount of chocolate flavor, this chocolate angel food cake is a family favorite! Serve with fruit, whipped cream, or ice cream.

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My husband loves angel food cake. So much so that the last time my friend Stephie brought over half of an angel food cake she had made, he ate the entire thing.

Obviously, that means I have to make more angel food cakes around here, and at the top of the list for us is this chocolate angel food cake.

Flavored with a bit of cocoa powder instead of lemon, this cake is just as light and fluffy as the classic version. 

While angel food cake might seem tricky, it’s easier than you think! I just know this chocolate angel food cake is going to be a new favorite.

Ingredients for chocolate angel food cake

Full list of ingredients including quantities is located in the recipe card.

You’ll need:

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Egg whites – The total amount of egg whites will depend on the size of each egg and the size of the yolk within. I recommend setting aside a whole dozen for this recipe. They should be at room temperature.

Cake flour – Instead of all-purpose flour, this recipe uses cake flour, which is lower in protein and makes for lighter cakes.

Cocoa powder – Use Dutch-process or regular cocoa powder.

Granulated sugar – The sugar is added in two places, to the dry ingredients and the egg whites. Measure it out separately.

Salt – Just a little to lift the flavors.

Cream of tartar – This helps the cake to rise.

Vanilla – Use pure vanilla extract.

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How to make this recipe

You’ll need to separate the eggs first. I recommend separating each egg white into a small bowl before pouring it into a liquid measuring cup. This will help prevent any yolk (or shell) from getting into the big batch, if you happen to break any yolks.

Separate enough eggs so that you have 1 1/2 cups of egg white. This will use 10-12 eggs, depending on size. Save the yolks for another use, like microwave lemon curd.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Set aside angel food pan or tube cake pan. It should have straight sides and a flat bottom; a bundt pan won’t quite work.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the cake flour, cocoa powder, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Set aside.

Pour the egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a mixing bowl and hand mixer) and whip the egg whites on medium speed. 

Once the whites are foamy add the cream of tartar.

Increase the speed and continue to whip until the egg whites form soft peaks. Continue to whip as you gradually add the remaining sugar. Make sure to not overwhip; the whites should be fluffy and not stiff.

Fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites, running a spatula around the edge of the bowl and folding over toward the middle. Make sure to scrape up from the bottom. Fold until no streaks remain, though you might have “dots” of cocoa powder.

Pour the batter into the cake pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45 minutes. Immediately invert the cake, setting the neck into a heavy bottle or overturned metal funnel. If your cake pan has feet, you can just rest the pan on them.

Let the cake cool completely. Use a thin offset spatula to loosen around the edges and center and remove from the pan.

Make sure to use a serrated knife to cut slices or the cake will tear.

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Storage tips

Angel food cake keeps very well at room temperature. I do not recommend refrigerating it, as that can cause the cake to dry out.

Store the cake in a covered cake keeper (or in a large airtight container) for up to 5 days.

I have not tried freezing angel food cake — it doesn’t last long enough around here — but baked cakes generally freeze well. You can freeze whole cakes or individual slices.

Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap then wrap in a layer of foil. Place in a freezer bag or container, label, and enjoy within 3 months.

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Serving suggestions

Chocolate angel food cake is delicious without any frosting. I love to top it with whipped cream and fresh berries.

It’s also wonderful with cherry compote, strawberry coulis, or even a dollop of peach jam. You can also make the vanilla sauce from my croissant bread pudding for a really luscious topping.

Or, simply dust the cake with powdered sugar! 

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Chocolate angel food cake is a nice change from frosted and layered chocolate cakes. Our family loves it, and I know yours will too.

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Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Light and fluffy angel food cake, but with a chocolate twist!
Author : Megan Myers
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 176 kcal


  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided use
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites, (from 10-12 large eggs), at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Set aside a 9-inch angel food or tube pan. Do not grease the pan.
  • In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Set aside.
  • Pour the egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip the egg whites on medium speed. When they look foamy add the cream of tartar.
  • Increase the mixer speed and continue to whip the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Continue whipping as you gradually add the remaining 1 cup of sugar. Make sure to not overwhip; the eggs should be soft and not stiff. Mix in the vanilla.
  • Use a spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites, folding from the sides and bottom to mix while not deflating the whites.
  • Pour the batter in the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately invert over a cooling rack with the center hole of the cake pan resting on the neck of a heavy bottle or a metal funnel. Let the cake cool completely before removing from the pan and serving.


Calories: 176 kcalCarbohydrates: 38 gProtein: 6 gFat: 1 gSaturated Fat: 0.2 gSodium: 178 mgPotassium: 153 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 30 gIron: 0.4 mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate based on online calculators. Any nutritional information found on Stetted should be used as a general guideline only.

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