Chocolate Angel Food Cake Recipe With Sweetened Strawberries

This homemade angel food cake made with cocoa powder for a chocolate finish appears in a Trisha Yearwood cookbook.

From "Trisha’s Table"
Winter 2018

  • Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Sweetened Strawberries is a light, sweet finish to any meal.
    Photo by Ben Fink; copyright © 2015

Yield: 10 servings

“Yes, you can make angel food cake from scratch – and chocolate angel food cake to boot!” Trisha says. “This recipe is so scrumptious that you might never make it from a mix again.” Topped with sugared strawberries, this is a light, sweet finish to just about any meal. “I don’t need to tell you how good chocolate and straw-berries are together.”


• 3⁄4 cup sifted cake flour
• 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 3⁄4 cups sugar, divided
• 12 large egg whites, room temperature
• Pinch of salt
• 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 cups sliced strawberries


1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

2. Onto a sheet of wax paper, sift cake flour with cocoa and 1⁄2 cup sugar four times. Set aside.

3. Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites and salt on high speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle cream of tartar over the top, and continue beating until mixture holds a stiff peak, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla, and gradually beat in 1 cup sugar.

4. Using a spatula, gradually fold flour mixture into egg white mixture, about 1⁄4 cup at a time.

5. Spoon batter into an ungreased 9-inch tube pan.

6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven, invert, and allow cake to cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.

7. Meanwhile, sprinkle sliced strawberries with remaining sugar. Stir to coat, and let stand for about 30 minutes to allow their juices to develop.

8. Serve berries alongside cake.

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Reprinted with permission from Trisha’s Table. Copyright © 2015 by Trisha Yearwood. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.