Coconut Angel Food Cake

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  • This decadent Coconut Angel Food  Cake is the perfect compliment to any celebration! It’s based on my popular Angel Food Cake with Roasted Strawberries. 

    Coconut Angel Food Cake

    Coconut Angel Food Cake

    A true angel food cake takes time and a little patience to make right. This recipe is a great one, and if you follow it exactly, you should end up with the perfect Coconut Angel Food Cake that will wow family and friends!

    How to Make Coconut Angel Food Cake

    How to Make Coconut Angel Food Cake

    The ingredients are simple enough, you just need more than you would for a traditional cake. For instance, 12 eggs!

    • cake flour
    • granulated sugar
    • 12 large egg whites
    • warm water
    • cream of tartar
    • vanilla extract
    • coarse salt

    Start by sifting together flour and 3/4 cup sugar and then set aside.

    In a stand mixer, beat room temperature egg whites and warm water with a mixer on low speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Add cream of tartar, vanilla, salt, and coconut extract. Increase the speed to medium, and beat until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. With the mixer running, add remaining 3/4 cup sugar, a little at a time. Increase speed to high, and beat until peaks are stiff and glossy, about 2 minutes.

    Remove bowl from the mixer. Working in 3 batches, sift flour mixture over egg-white mixture, gently folding in each addition with a rubber spatula, being careful not to deflate egg whites.

    Slowly pour batter into a 10-inch angel food cake pan. Bake until cake is golden brown and springs back when touched, 40 to 45 minutes.

    Important part! Immediately from the oven, carefully invert pan onto a wire rack. Let cake cool in pan, about 1 hour.

    Slice of Coconut Angel Food Cake

    Coconut Whipped Cream

    I love this easy coconut whipped cream and find that it is the perfect compliment to this cake! You only need:

    • heavy whipping cream
    • confectioners sugar
    • pure coconut extract
    To make it simply pour the heavy cream into a chilled stand mixer bowl (fill with water and ice and let sit for a moment, then empty and dry) and add the sugar and coconut extract. Beat the cream until firm peaks, about 2 minutes.

    Additional Toppings

    I used unsweetened coconut flakes to cover the outside, but you can also use sweetened. You can also top with fresh fruit, a coconut glaze, or even chocolate glaze if you happen to love that flavor combination!

     

    Coconut Angel Food Cake
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    45 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr
     

    This decadent Angel Food Coconut Cake is the perfect compliment to any celebration!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Coconut Angel Food Cake
    Servings: 12 servings
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    Ingredients
    Coconut Angel Food Cake
    • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon cake flour
    • 1 1/2 cups (300g) sugar
    • 12 large egg whites, room temperature
    • 1 tbsp. warm water
    • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
    • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
    • 1/4 tsp. pure coconut extract
    Coconut Whipped Cream
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 2 tbsp. confectioners sugar
    • 1/4 tsp. pure coconut extract
    • Unsweetened Coconut Flakes for garnish
    Instructions
    Coconut Angel Food Cake
    1. Preheat oven to 325°F, with rack in the lower third of the oven.

    2. Sift together flour and 3/4 cup sugar.
    3. Beat egg whites and warm water with a mixer on low speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Add cream of tartar, vanilla, salt, and coconut extract.

    4. Increase speed to medium, and beat until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes.
    5. With machine running, add remaining 3/4 cup sugar, a little at a time. Increase speed to high, and beat until peaks are stiff and glossy, about 2 minutes.

    6. Remove bowl from mixer.
    7. Working in 3 batches, sift flour mixture over egg-white mixture, gently folding in each addition with a rubber spatula, being careful not to deflate egg whites.

    8. Slowly pour batter into a 10-inch angel food cake pan.
    9. Bake until cake is golden brown and springs back when touched, 40 to 45 minutes.
    10. Immediately from the oven, carefully invert pan onto a wire rack. Let cake cool in pan, about 1 hour.

    11. Carefully run a knife around sides of cake to loosen, and turn out onto a large plate or cake stand.
    Coconut Whipped Cream
    1. Pour the heavy cream into a chilled stand mixer bowl (fill with water and ice and let sit for a moment, then empty and dry) and add the sugar and coconut extract.

    2. Beat the cream until peaks stand in firm when the beaters are lifted, about 2 minutes.

    Love Coconut Desserts? Check these out:

    Almond Joy Bars

    Coconut Cake

    Easy Copycat Swiss Meringue Coconut Frosting

    Coconut Cream Pie

     

     

    Seriously Amazing Coconut Angel Food Cake. You will NEVER make a regular angel food cake again!
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    Comments

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Oh my!! This is the perfect cake to celebrate a new baby!! Love the coconut flavour!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    Zainab really is SO sweet! I et she would love this cake:-) PS totally love your cake stand.

  • Nancy [email protected] says:

    What a gorgeous looking cake and so perfect for Zainab!

  • Zainab says:

    This is beyond perfect!! Thank you Amanda 🙂 I am coco crazy over this cake. You are the best… too kind! Praying for an easy and quick delivery too!!

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    This makes me so happy to see all these bloggers throwing her a virtual baby shower! It is the sweetest thing. This cake is perfect for her too!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Amanda, I LOVE this cake!!!! and can I say thank you so much for being here with us today to celebrate Zainab. . you are the sweetest!!!! Truly!

  • Jen | Baked by an Introvert says:

    I love that you pitched in to celebrate Zainab’s baby! This cake is simple, elegant, and perfect for a baby shower!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    Such a beautiful cake for a shower!

  • Meriem @ Culinary Couture says:

    Holy yum, that looks FLUFFFY!!

  • Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says:

    This cake looks so light and heavenly! Perfect for a baby shower!!

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen says:

    What a beautiful cake, Amanda! It looks so light and fluffy! So glad we can celebrate Zainab and her growing family!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    Never have I ever….made angel food cake not out of a box. Holy freaking delicious I need to try a coconut angel food cake! I will smother is in roasted strawberries. Yess Smithers, excellent.

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    This cake is stunning Amanda! So perfect for Z!

  • Allie | BakingAMoment says:

    This is so perfectly fitting for a baby shower, and especially one for Zainab. Thank you so much for helping us celebrate today! .

  • Jessica @ Sweetest Menu says:

    Wow! That cake looks amazing! So incredibly soft and light – the perfect way to celebrate Zainab’s baby shower!

  • Nora (A Clean Bake) says:

    Wow! What a stunning cake. I love angel food cakes so much!

  • Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) says:

    This looks heavenly, so light and fluffy.

  • Hof ter Zielbeek says:

    Hi Amanda, this literally took 5 minutes to make and it was a huge hit with my guests! This was also an instant hit with my family and everyone loved and appreciated the coconut angel food cake. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    I love Zainab and angel food cake! This coconut cake looks so beautiful and HEAVENLY 🙂

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    What a yummy way to celebrate a new baby 🙂

  • Cate | Chez CateyLou says:

    This is the ultimate baby shower cake – so light and airy and perfect!

  • Mary says:

    This looks phenomenal, girl! I have a weakness for angel food and I still haven’t tried making it myself. I want that plate in front of me!

  • Tugba says:

    Is it okay to use liquid egg whites from a carton?

  • Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says:

    This cake looks amazing, Amanda! LOVE the color of that cake. What a great way to celebrate Zainab and Mr. J!

  • Kacie says:

    Could I make this without the coconut extract to make a plain angel food?

    • Amanda says:

      Sure

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