- 1 cup Swans Down Cake Flour (sifted)
- 2 cups sugar (divided)
- 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
- 2 cups large egg whites (approximately 14 to 16 large egg whites, at room temperature, see note)
- 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
- 1 cup confectioners sugar (sifted)
- 1/4 cup whole milk (slightly warmed)
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- strawberries (Garnish: fresh sliced)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Sift together flour, 1 cup sugar, and cocoa. Set aside.
- Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the wire attachment, beat egg whites at low speed, gradually increasing to highest speed. After approximately 30 seconds, add cream of tartar and salt. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar and extracts. Continue to beat until soft, moist peaks form. Do not overbeat.
- Transfer egg white mixture to a large mixing bowl (5-quart size or larger). Fold flour mixture into egg white mixture in 3 batches, stirring until just absorbed, being careful not to overmix. Spread batter in an ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
- Bake until center of cake is firm to the touch, 50 to 60 minutes.
- Remove cake from oven, and immediately invert cake pan onto a funnel or a narrow-neck bottle. Let cake cool completely (approximately 2 hours).
- Chocolate-Coconut Glaze: In a medium bowl, combine melted butter and cocoa. Stir until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and milk, beating with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in coconut extract.
- Using a spatula, loosen cake and remove from pan. Drizzle cake with Chocolate-Coconut Glaze. Garnish with strawberries, if desired.
- Note: Separate the eggs while they are still cold, then let the whites come to room temperature. (If you’re in a hurry, gently warm egg whites in a double boiler over simmering water.) The egg yolks can be refrigerated up to three days or frozen for use in another recipe.