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Mousse Filled Angel Food Cake~

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I haven’t made this recipe in years…in fact, it’s been so long, I can’t find the recipe!  I wasn’t thrilled with the quality of the mousse in the original, so this gave me the chance to revamp this cake. I chose an Alton Brown mousse recipe made without raw eggs…definitely a step up.  

And this can easily be altered to use a store bought angel food cake.  The Whip It added to the whipped cream icing just prevents the whipped cream from separating in the fridge…and helps prevent a soggy mess. But it is a totally optional step…especially if the cake will be eaten on the day it is made.  There are alternative ways to stabilize cream such as adding a melted marshmallow…you should be able to find the technique with a quick Internet search.  

All FIVE of us loved this one…so rare to get 10 thumbs up~

Mousse Filled Angel Food Cake…adapted from Cook’s Country, Alton Brown, and me


1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
I/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar, whizzed in food processor about a minute to create extra fine sugar
12 egg whites, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 325º.  Adjust oven rack to lower middle position.

Remove half of sugar from food processor.  Add flour to sugar in the processor and process about a minute.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with mixer on medium low till frothy.  Increase speed to medium high and slowly add in reserved sugar.  Beat till soft peaks form, about 6 minutes.  Add vanilla and mix to combine. 

Sift the flour and sugar mixture, and gently fold into egg white mixture in 3 additions. Put batter into ungreased angel food cake pan with removable bottom, then smoothing top.

Bake 40-45 minutes, till toothpick inserted into a crack comes out clean.  Invert cake and cool for about 3 hours. To remove, use knife to cut between pan and cake. 

1 3/4 cups whipping cream
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 ounces strong coffee
1 tablespoon Kahlua
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon plain gelatin (I use Knox brand)

Whipped Cream Icing:
I cup whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 envelope Whip It, whipped cream stabilizer, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt, chips, coffee, Kahlua and butter together in the microwave, stirring and stopping every 30 seconds till smooth.  Cool till just slightly warm.  Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup of the cream in small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.  Add gelatin to chocolate when chocolate has cooled.

Whip the remaining 1 1/2 cups cream till soft peaks form.  Fold 1/4 cup into chocolate, then fold half the remaining cream, followed by the last half of the whipped cream.  Refrigerate about an hour.

To assemble cake, slice off top about an inch down.  Set aside top.  Cut out a trench in bottom of cake, making sure not to get too close to bottom or edges.  Save removed cake pieces for snacking.  Fill trench with mousse and top with reserved round of cake.  

To make icing, whip cream with sugar, Whip It and vanilla. Frost cake. Chill before serving.


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60 comments on “Mousse Filled Angel Food Cake~”

  1. I’ve never made angel food cake I guess because I am not a huge fan, but I could totally get into this with the chocolate mousse in the middle. Beautiful!

  2. I love this adaptation of angel food cake – it makes it so much more appealing to me!

  3. Looks like a perfect summer dessert to me!! kate @ kateiscooking

  4. Oh my Liz, you just made Angel food cake really more interesting to me, like big time. I love the idea of such a such mousse in the cake. So sold on this recipe.

  5. Add two more thumbs to the list!

  6. Wow, what a yummy middle to your cake.

  7. Oh my goodness now this is my kind of cake! It not only looks insanely delicious but it’s gorgeous. Love it!

  8. I’ve never seen mousse filled Angel food cake before. That mousse looks like it would be so creamy/heavenly!

    Since it’s National Angel Food Cake Day, we’re having an Angel Food Cake Link-Up Party and would love for you to add this to the link-up party! If You’d like to Come link-up with us, you can here:

  9. Oh my, that looks so yummy. I’ve never heard of a mousse filled angel food cake before. Will definitely be trying this recipe.

    Pinning on pinterest. 🙂

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  10. I’m so glad I found this recipe.
    I have a heart-shaped fill-pan, and tons of egg-whites in the freezer.
    I’m pinning this

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