Preparation time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins plus cooking
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12 servings
â€¢1-1/2 cups egg whites (about 10)
â€¢3/4 cup cake flour
â€¢1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
â€¢1/4 cup baking cocoa
â€¢1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
â€¢1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
â€¢1/4 teaspoon salt
CHOCOLATE FLUFF FROSTING:
â€¢2 cups heavy whipping cream
â€¢1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
â€¢1/2 cup baking cocoa
â€¢Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sift the flour, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and cocoa three times. Set aside.
â€¢ Add cream of tartar, vanilla and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time. Mixture will be thick.
â€¢ Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
â€¢ Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate.
â€¢ For frosting, In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add the sugar, cocoa and salt; beat until stiff peaks form. Frost top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.