Mousse Filled Angel Food Cake~

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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  1. This is my kind of dessert!!

  2. Gorgeous! I must have a heavy hand when slicing angel food cake as I tend to squash it. Any hints/tips?

  3. I have never heard of an angel food fork but i will be on the look out for one now. Amazing cake!

  4. I love this! Conceptually wonderful and executed with perfection…not to mention, delicious!

  5. This is my type of cake….I can sit down and eat it by myself. Lizzy it looks so perfect.I like the idea with a surprise in the middle…..and no raw eggs.

  6. Thanks, Belinda!

    Ping, stay tuned…I made lemon curd and creme brulee with my yolks 🙂

  7. Three-Cookies says:

    Looks awesome, especially filling the cake with the mousse, a pleasant surprise.

  8. Oh that looks delicious! What a nifty idea, to fill it with mousse!

  9. That is such a wonderful dessert….
    I want to have a bite right away 🙂

  10. Carole, just gently saw with a serrated knife. Or you can purchase an angel food fork 🙂

  11. Fun and Fearless in Beantown says:

    Wow, this cake looks beautiful!

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  13. Pegasuslegend says:

    Good lord this looks wonderful love how beautiful you put things together

  14. My Home Diary in Turkey says:

    perfectly beautiful, successfully make me drolling ! thx for sharing this recipe Liz ! ^,^

  15. How yummy of an idea! I love the inclusion of alcohol for the flavoring!

  16. The Vanilla Bean Baker says:

    Oh my but this looks divine!

  17. Elisabeth says:

    OMG-Lizzy, I am so grateful to you for posting this gorgeous mousse filled angel food cake recipe. I used to make the quick version of this in the nineties, but never had the actual recipe for it. Just did the box cake mix, the choc. jello pudding, and the Cool Whip for the frosting.
    How dreadful was that, to think back now!

    Thank you ever so much for posting this amazing favorite, will print out right now. It’s a must make and a keeper!

  18. Elisabeth says:

    Lizzy-I’ve been meaning to ask you…do you, or does anyone have CAROLE’s blog address, because she also comments on my blog, and I can’t seem to click back if she even has a blog, I am not aware of it! She does not have a link to follow back to on her profile! So sad, because I’ve been wanting to comment back to her!
    I noticed you commented back to her on your blog.

  19. Dear Lizzy always I think you have a nice recipes and georgeous pictures, is a pleasure stopping by in your blog, LOL gloria

  20. Barbara Bakes says:

    Such a great cake. So fun. I especially love the instruction to save the cake pieces for snacking.

  21. love it

  22. This cake sounds amazing. I would love to give this a try sometime soon. I would like to invite you to visit my blog to enter my giveaway. Check it out if you are interested.

  23. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking says:

    Lizzy, how beautiful! It is so pretty and looks refreshingly light and airy. I’ll have to look for that fork you talked about as I too am nervous about cutting into an angel food cake. Thanks for the post!

  24. Russell at Chasing Delicious says:

    What an idea for a cake! It looks delicious. I am definitely going to have to give this a try.

  25. Oh Lizzy, I think you outdid yourself on this one. I will have to make this soon.

  26. Curry and Comfort says:

    This is a great idea. I never thought to have a filling inside angle food cake. I also like that it’s an egg-free mousse. Raw eggs in dessert always make me nervous. Thanks for sharing. : )

  27. Lauren Hairston says:

    I have an angel food cake tin, but I’ve never used it, because I haven’t been able to get myself excited about angel food cake. My husband loves it, but I always think it’s so boring! However, even I could be swayed by a chocolate-Kahlua mousse and whipped-cream frosting…

  28. I love it. I totally want to make this. Now.

  29. Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

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  30. Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    Gorgeous cake, Lizzy! Now I know what to do with the egg whites whenever I make Filipino Leche Flan. 🙂

  31. Torviewtoronto says:

    this cake looks wonderful

  32. Yes, please! This looks so good…chocolatey, but not TOO rich!!

  33. Lizzy!!! Can I PLEASE have a slice??? It looks so delicious… I could not resist this one! Ever thought of moving down under??? I would LOVE to have you as my neighbor!!! <3

  34. TeoBucatar, it’s made in a tube pan with a removable bottom, better known as an angel food cake pan. See link for photo:

  35. YUM! I typically don’t like Angel cake, but fill it with mousse? I would definitely eat it!

  36. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    That mousse sounds awesome, I love the Kahlua addition. The whole dessert truly sounds like a winner. I am usually not a fan of angel food cake because I always feel like it’s missing something. This might just take it to a new level for me!

  37. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I start to wonder how many recipes you haven’t shared…. =) Seriously, you have all kinds of food – savory and sweets, and every time I come here there are new recipes here! I wish my mom has that many repertoire so I could taste all kinds of food! Your family is truly the luckiest! This cake looks beautiful! I love the photo when we can peek inside of the cake. =P

  38. Mousse in an angel food cake topped with whipped cream sounds amazing! I have never had anything like it! I wish I could have this one though, looks perfect!

  39. Angel food cake has always been one of my favorites but I’ve never seen it like this before! Looks amazing 🙂

  40. Magic of Spice says:

    Wow! This is such an amazing cake…wow!

  41. I have seen cakes like this, but never a recipe! Yours sounds wonderful, and way to make an Angel food cake even better :)! I will have to try making one some day!

  42. Lizzy, do you have a hollow leg where you stuff all the yummy goodies you make, lol. I have to keep myself away from chocolate mousse, I bet it was light and yummy in the angel food cake.

  43. Oh my this looks so good. Yummy recipe. Hope you saved me a slice.

  44. Lizzy – this looks amazing! I’m glad you brushed off this recipe to share with us!

  45. Lovely name for the cake Lizzy and that mousse surrounding the cake with gorgeous white color makes the cake all the more attractive.

  46. It’s magic cake! Looks beautiful, Lizzy! Love the contrast in color between the chocolate and white!

  47. Now this is an angel food cake I could get behind! Looks gorgeous!

  48. Viviane Bauquet Farre says:

    Lizzy, what a beautiful, decadent cake you’ve posted. The presentation is superlatively elegant.

  49. ButterYum says:

    A melted marshmallow? Interesting, I’ve never heard that one before, but it makes sense since marshmallows are mostly sugar and gelatin.

    Lovely cake – I really enjoy when a sliced cake reveals a secret within.


  50. i don’t know why but I’m a little afraid of making angel food cake. i think it’s the whipped egg whites. Yours looks great. Would love a biiiig slice 🙂

  51. 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!

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

  53. Anonymous says:

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

  54. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    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.

  55. Add two more thumbs to the list!

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

  57. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says:

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

  58. BigBearswife says:

    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:

  59. Screaming Sardine says:

    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

  60. 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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