Decadent Coconut Angel Food Cake

This decadent Coconut Angel Food Cake is the perfect complement to any celebration!

Decadent Coconut Angel Food Cake

Coconut Angel Food Cake
A true angel food cake takes time and a little patience to make right. This recipe is a great one, and if you follow it exactly, you should end up with the perfect Coconut Angel Food Cake that will wow family and friends!

Decadent Coconut Angel Food Cake

How to Make Coconut Angel Food Cake

The ingredients are simple enough, you just need more than you would for a traditional cake. For instance, 12 eggs!

  • cake flour
  • granulated sugar
  • 12 large egg whites
  • warm water
  • cream of tartar
  • vanilla extract
  • coarse salt

Start by sifting together flour and 3/4 cup sugar and then set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat room temperature egg whites and warm water with a mixer on low speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Add cream of tartar, vanilla, salt, and coconut extract. Increase the speed to medium, and beat until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. With the mixer running, add remaining 3/4 cup sugar, a little at a time. Increase speed to high, and beat until peaks are stiff and glossy, about 2 minutes.

Remove bowl from the mixer. Working in 3 batches, sift flour mixture over egg-white mixture, gently folding in each addition with a rubber spatula, being careful not to deflate egg whites.

Slowly pour batter into a 10-inch angel food cake pan. Bake until cake is golden brown and springs back when touched, 40 to 45 minutes.

Important part! Immediately from the oven, carefully invert pan onto a wire rack. Let cake cool in pan, about 1 hour.

Decadent Coconut Angel Food Cake

Coconut Whipped Cream
I love this easy coconut whipped cream and find that it is the perfect complement to this cake! You only need:

  • heavy whipping cream
  • confectioners sugar
  • pure coconut extract

To make it simply pour the heavy cream into a chilled stand mixer bowl (fill with water and ice and let sit for a moment, then empty and dry) and add the sugar and coconut extract. Beat the cream until firm peaks, about 2 minutes.

Additional Toppings

I used unsweetened coconut flakes to cover the outside, but you can also use sweetened. You can also top with fresh fruit, a coconut glaze, or even chocolate glaze if you happen to love that flavor combination!

INGREDIENTS

COCONUT ANGEL FOOD CAKE

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon CAKE FLOUR
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 12 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pure coconut extract

COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pure coconut extract
  • Unsweeteded Coconut Flakes for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

COCONUT ANGEL FOOD CAKE

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, with rack in the lower third of oven.

Sift together flour and 3/4 cup sugar.

Beat egg whites and warm water with a mixer on low speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Add cream of tartar, vanilla, salt, and coconut extract.

Increase speed to medium, and beat until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes.

With machine running, add remaining 3/4 cup sugar, a little at a time. Increase speed to high, and beat until peaks are stiff and glossy, about 2 minutes.

Remove bowl from mixer.

Working in 3 batches, sift flour mixture over egg-white mixture, gently folding in each addition with a rubber spatula, being careful not to deflate egg whites.

Slowly pour batter into a 10-inch angel food cake pan.

Bake until cake is golden brown and springs back when touched, 40 to 45 minutes.

Immediately from the oven, carefully invert pan onto a wire rack. Let cake cool in pan, about 1 hour.

Carefully run a knife around sides of cake to loosen, and turn out onto a large plate or cake stand.

COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

Pour the heavy cream into a chilled stand mixer bowl (to chill a bowl fill with water and ice and let sit for a moment, then empty and dry) and add the sugar and coconut extract.

Beat the cream until peaks stand in firm when the beaters are lifted, about 2 minutes.

Gently frost the cooled angel food cake and sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes. (Or sweetened if you prefer!)

Decadent Coconut Angel Food Cake

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