Coconut Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries

May 2010
Coconut Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries

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Makes: 10 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Bake: 40 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 12 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 2 1/2 cups mixed fresh berries
Directions
  1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees . Sift together the cake flour and confectioners sugar 3 times.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and salt until firm peaks form. Working in thirds, add 3/4 cup granulated sugar, beating for 5 seconds between additions. Beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 3 minutes. Working in thirds, gently fold in the flour mixture, then fold in the coconut. Scrape into a 10-inch angel food cake pan, smoothing out the top. Bake until golden and the center of the cake springs back to the touch, about 40 minutes. Invert the cake onto a rack or the neck of a bottle and let cool in the pan completely, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Just before serving, whip the cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Serve the cake with the whipped cream and berries.
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