Thursday, July 30, 2015

Easy Orange-Chocolate Marble Angel Food Cake

Last week we celebrated my mother-in-law's 89th birthday! I definitely hope I'm going as strong as she is if I reach that age. She still drives (in the daytime), studies her Bible, has an extensive prayer list, cooks on weekends, visits the elderly(!), attends a ladies' Bible study, and knows what's going on!

I know her favorite kind of cake is a chiffon cake. But I don't have much success with cakes from scratch, so I searched for a way to make a chiffon cake out of an angel food cake mix. I didn't find one, but I found an idea of how to "dress up" an angel food cake.

I chose to to "mix" two ideas I had found and come up with my own new creation, because as you know, I can never leave a recipe alone. And it turned out delicious, if I do say so myself!

It was very easy, too, because I started with a mix.

Here's what I did:

1 angel food cake mix (I used the one step kind for this)
1 cup water
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
1/4 cup cocoa powder (or 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup; I used powder)

Make up the cake batter using the mix, water, and orange juice. Add the grated orange peel while still mixing after batter reaches proper consistency.

Divide batter in half. Stir the cocoa powder into one half of the batter and mix until evenly distributed.

Pour the white batter into angel food cake pan. 
Pour chocolate batter on top.

Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the chocolate into the white. Do not mix too much so that you get a marbled effect and not a mixed effect.

Bake as directed on mix.

Optional: drizzle with lemon glaze.
2/3s cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
Stir together until smooth. Add lemon juice by 1/2 teaspoon full for runnier consistency, if desired.

Our family loves angel food cakes. I found this a light and delicious way to serve it instead of lots of whipped cream and chocolate (which of course is good, but lots more calories!)

How are you creative with angel food cake mixes?

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