Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Happy Monday morning to you! I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was spent going to baseball practice, indoor soccer games and church. Hubby had to work on Father's Day, but I made sure I had a special treat for him when he got home... Chocolate Angel Food Cake.
Ever since his mother passed away 6 years ago, he has casually mentioned several times that he loved his mom's Chocolate Angel Food with Chocolate Frosting. I have never tried to make it before because I didn't have an Angel Food Cake pan, and I didn't have the recipe.
So, for Father's Day, I wanted to surprise him with this special cake. The one he remembered so fondly. Not having his mom's recipe, I texted my sis-in-law, Donna to see if she had it. Here was the conversation:
What?!?! She used a mix?!?!? How hard could it be?
I went on the hunt for a cheap Angel Food pan and even asked my mom, the estate-sale-queen, to see if she could find one. I ended up scoring one at Goodwill for a couple of dollars...not too bad...I saw the same one on Ebay for $34.99!
Anyway, I followed the directions on the box, except I added the 3 tablespoons of cocoa to the mix before baking.
I let it cool, just like the box said...upside down on a bottle. This was a bit foreign to me, as I've never made an Angel Food Cake before. An old friend on Instagram assured me that I was doing it correctly.
I was so excited it turned out. Then, I whipped up a batch of Hershey's Chocolate Frosting and spread the yumminess all over the cake.
Chocolate Angel Food Cake

1 Box Angel Food Cake mix and water
3 Tbsp. cocoa

Follow directions on box.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter and stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk. Finally, stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups of frosting.
So, the Chocolate Angel Food Cake turned out as well as I could have expected. It got the thumbs up from all the family members, especially the one I set out to impress. While it wasn't exactly like his mom's, it was pretty darn close and he liked it. I'll take that for a first try. ;-) Now that I have the pan, I may try making it from scratch one of these days. Have you ever made an Angel Food Cake from scratch? Should I just stick to the box?
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  1. Looks yummy...I'll have to try this one for sure!

  2. That is the sweetest thing Nici. I'm sure your husband really appreciated the thought and effort that went into trying to duplicate his mom's chocolate angel food cake. I've never made angel food cake, from scratch or a box, believe it or not, but my grandmother has made it from scratch countless times. I'll have to ask her about her recipe, and if she's ever made a chocolate one. Yours looks divine, and good for you to score that cake pan! Have a great day!


  3. Yum! Looks delicious! I have one of those pans that I found at an estate sale, but haven't baked anything in it, yet... now I know what I'm going to make! :)

  4. Yum! I don't think I've ever had an angel food cake with frosting on it. Don't you love it when something so yummy is so easy to make?

    I have made an angel food cake from scratch, but it was so many years ago, I don't remember anything about it! lol

  5. So glad the family secret was shared:@) I love angel food cake and haven't had it in years-gonna correct that!

  6. Oh yum! Looks so yummy! Love chocolate and I've never seen it in an angel food cake. Bet it was delish!

  7. Hi Nici! Thank you for joining our Let's Get Social Sunday Party! Have a wonderful day :-)

  8. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    We hope to see you there!

  9. Ha! That's awesome. Some of the best recipes are the easiest =o) This looks wonderful!

  10. How cute, Nici! You know what they say, nothing is as good as Mom's cooking... even if it comes form a box! I love recipes that are so easy!!! Thanks for sharing!~

  11. Be still my beating heart... chocolate and angel food cake... all in the same recipe... what is this miracle cake? Hugs, Holly

  12. Wow this looks so yummy! I love it. I will be pinning this and I've got to try it out. I love angel food cake, and a chocolate version sounds divine. I can't wait to try it. I hope you will check out my blog.


  13. I have never had chocolate angel food cake, but it sounds delicious!

  14. Hi Nici,
    A chocolate Angel Food Cake, what a special treat, this looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. I know you scored lots of wife points by making hubby's favorite recipe from his mom! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  16. Love how easy and beautiful this cake is Nici! Lovely!

  17. Oh, yum! This looks so decadent! I'm pretty sure that it belongs in my belly :)

  18. This looks delicious, Nici. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. The party will be back this week starting Tuesday and 8:00PM mountain time. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  19. This looks soooo good! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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