You are here: Home » Recipes » Chocolate Pecan Angel Food Cake Chocolate Pecan Angel Food Cake Recipe by RelishKitchen Tested Yield 16 servings Light and airy and very chocolate-y, this angel food cake is topped with toasted pecans. PrintEmail "This is a recipe for Chocolate Pecan Angel Food Cake. My mother, who was born in 1910, made this cake for my birthdays in the 1950s and early 1960s. It was my favorite cake when I was growing up. She contributed the recipe to a ladies’ aide church group cookbook."—Janet Reid, Upland, Calif. Ingredients Cake:1 1/2 cups egg whites (about 12 eggs)2 teaspoons cream of tartar2 tablespoons water1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon almond extract1 7/8 cups sugar (2 cups less 2 tablespoons)1 cup cake flour1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup cocoa1 cup chopped pecansChocolate Icing:1/2 cup (1 stick) butter3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar2 pasteurized egg yolks2 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled2 pasteurized egg whites, stiffly beaten Toasted, salted pecan halves Instructions Preheat oven to 400F. To prepare the cake, beat egg whites until frothy; sprinkle cream of tartar over top and continue beating until whites are stiff enough to form peaks but not dry. Gradually add water and vanilla and almond extracts. Fold in half the sugar, sifting 2 tablespoons at a time over the surface. Sift cake flour before measuring, then sift again with salt, cocoa and remaining sugar. Gently fold dry ingredients into egg white mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time. Fold in pecans. Scrape batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan and bake 35 minutes. Remove from oven and invert pan. Let stand until cake is completed cool, at least 1 hour. Remove from pan. To prepared the icing, combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixture at medium-high speed until creamy. Add egg yolks and chocolate, blending well. Fold in beaten egg whites. Frost cake and garnish with pecans. Chill in refrigerator. Testers’ notes: We recommend using pasteurized eggs in the icing, as it is not cooked. This is as really nice, super moist cake.