|A slice of melt-in-your-mouth goodness|
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I had egg whites in the freezer. The bag was nicely dated and I had written on it how many egg whites (15) were in the bag. My eggs must have a larger egg white-to-egg yolk ratio because I ended up only needing 15 egg whites to reach 17 oz, instead of 16. Start by whipping them up. I only used 1 tsp of cream of tartar, instead of 2 tsp, because I find the baked cake to have a funny aftertaste otherwise. Almost metallic.
Due to my partial mise en place, while the egg whites were beaten, I was grating the chocolate (because the food processor bowl was in the dish washer, ugghh). When they were beaten to stiff peaks, I noticed my bowl of sugar still sitting next to my mixer. Doh! In goes the sugar and I let it run for a couple more minutes.
For the orange part, I zested one large navel orange. And for the tweed effect in the cake, I decided to open my Fair-Trade Organic 70% chocolate bar I had bought a few weeks ago. Rose suggests using 99% chocolate but I was afraid that would be too bitter, even with the sweetness of the Angel Food Cake (sorry Rose).
The batter was too thick to pour into my Angel Food Cake pan, so I spooned it out, little by little. I was a little worried because the batter came up to the rim, almost.
Into a 350F degree oven it goes for about 30 minutes. I peeked through the oven door while it was baking. I saw it puff up above the pan, and then towards the end of the bake time, it slowly descended and became level with the pan. No cracks though, but that's OK.
Since I didn't like the top of the cake so much (it look somewhat concave), I decide to use the cake's bottom as the top.
|Ahhh... much better!|
|Don't you love those orange and chocolate specks throughout the cake?|
- Hubby was not in the mood for cake today, so there will be no rating from him this week.
- I will be taking this cake to a potluck at work. I'm sure I will not be bringing home any leftover cake :o)
- As I mentioned earlier, I cut the amount of cream of tartar in half, so I used 1 tsp instead. I find that the almost metallic taste of cream of tartar is noticeable in the baked cake otherwise.
- I used the zest of one large navel orange and 40 grams of finely grated 70% chocolate (I used my microplane grater which was a pain - I would have used my food processor but the bowl was in the dish washer).
- If I had more time today, I would have liked to drizzle some melted chocolate on top, or cut the cake into 2 or 3 layers, and spread orange-flavored whipped cream or pastry cream in between.