Black and White Angel Food Cake

Cover Recipe- , Black and White Angel Food Cake: April 2007

Cover Recipe- Cooking Light,
Black and White Angel Food Cake: April 2007

I know a lot of people have bucket lists. And there are people that have food bucket lists. You know, the lists of recipes or techniques that you would like to try, sometime in your lifetime. I, of course, have a few items on both lists. But there is one recipe that I have wanted to make for years.

I’ve always loved food and cookbooks and magazines. I actually remember when I first got this copy of Cooking Light magazine – back in 2007. I went through it with sticky tabs and marked all of the recipes that I wanted to try. By the time I was finished, it was covered in little markers. To this day, most of those markers remain. That’s the one bad thing about subscribing to food magazines – there are just too many recipes to get through and not enough time!

There is one recipe from this magazine, though, that has been on my mind for a long time.  For about 6 years now, to be exact.  This Black and White Angel Food Cake that graced the cover of this Spring edition.  I had only tried making angel food cake from scratch once before, many, many years ago.  And it was an epic failure.  So I have to admit that this cake has always been a little bit intimidating to me.

But when I started thinking about magazine or cookbook cover recipes that I want to make, this one immediately came to mind.  It was time to conquer the fear.  Read my notes below to see what I thought of the recipe.


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Black and White Angel Food Cake

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 55 min


For the cake:
1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 large egg whites
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa

For the glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons tub light cream cheese
1 tablespoon low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder

Sliced strawberries


1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. To prepare the cake: lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup and level with a spoon. Combine the flour and 3/4 cup of the sugar, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.

3. Place the cream of tartar, salt and the egg whites in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer on high speed until foamy. Add the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla. Sift the flour mixture over the eggs, 1/4 cup at a time, folding in after each addition.

4. Spread half of the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Take a butter knife and run it through the batter to break up any air pockets. Sift the 2 tablespoons of cocoa over the remaining batter. Fold in. Spread the chocolate batter over the vanilla batter. Run a knife through the chocolate layer to break up any air pockets. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert the pan and cool completely. Use a knife or narrow metal spatula to loosen the cake and invert onto a serving dish.

5. To make the glaze: place the powdered sugar, cream cheese, milk and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat to combine. Drizzle half of the glaze over the cake. Add the cocoa to the remaining glaze. Drizzle over the cake. Refrigerate until the glaze has set. Garnish with sliced strawberries.


*I used about double the amount of cocoa called for in the glaze to make it look brown instead of gray.
*There was more glaze than I used on the cake. The cake is sweet enough on it's own that I didn't think that it needed a ton of glaze. The amount I used tasted about perfect to me!
*I loved the strawberries that finished off the cake, but I'm guessing any berry would be delicious.
*This recipe uses a lot of egg whites. But don't throw out the yolks! Use them to make homemade pudding or ice cream.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories per serving: 210
Fat per serving: 0.6g
Saturated Fat per serving: 0.3g
Sodium per serving: 111mg
Fiber per serving: 0.5g
Protein per serving: 4.7g
Cholesterol per serving: 1mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 47.3g

Source: Cooking Light, April 2007

The results:

I have conquered my fear of making angel food cake from scratch!  This recipe was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.  I don’t think the chocolate layer looks as dark chocolate as it does in the cover photo, but it definitely tasted like chocolate.  I do wish that it showed more on the outside of the cake.  Once you cut into the cake, the layers looked more even, but from the outside, just a bit of the chocolate shows on the bottom.  I did end up adding extra cocoa to the chocolate drizzle because it looked almost gray to me, which wasn’t very appetizing.  But nothing more chocolate couldn’t fix!  My family was over to share the cake with me and everyone loved it.  Both my mom and my dad asked what kind of cake it was, saying that it had the flavor of angel food cake, but it wasn’t quite as light as you get from a box mix or store bought angel food cake.  But I would say that it was definitely delicious and enjoyed by all.  In fact, my dad said that I needed to patent the recipe, thinking that I had come up with it myself!

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes!  It’s definitely an impressive looking cake.  And I think that with practice, I could get the layers more even, which was my only complaint with the cake.

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

16 Responses to “Herbed Cheese Pizza”

  1. 1

    VeggieGirl — October 26, 2009 @ 5:21 am

    Atypical and fabulous! :)

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — October 26, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    I have that copy of Cooking Light, and I have been thinking about making the pizza. Thanks for testing it out for me. Yours looks absolutely gorgeous!

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    Barbara Bakes — October 26, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    I could fall in love with light pizza!

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    Louise — October 26, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    This pizza recipe would have been just perfect for the pizza party! I’m really liking your new blog Lori. Very cool…

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    Aggie — October 26, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    Mouthwatering…I loved this on the cover when I got my mag. I’m such a sucker for pizza…
    I like the newer layout of CL too, seems like they are packing it with a ton of great recipes! And it’s cleaner and more organized. Great pick for you to review! Am really enjoying your new blog! :)

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    Terri Archibald — October 26, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    I’m very happy with the recent changes made by Cooking Light also. It is one of the magazines that I get very excited to see in the mailbox! Regarding the pizza recipe, I’m very excited to try it. I’m all about the crust. Thanks for checking it out for all of us!

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    wasabi prime — October 26, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    This looks so delicious! Again, great helpful commentary about the recipe and tips for substitutions. I never have everything a recipe calls for and I usually forget to shop for it!

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    Phoo-D — October 26, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    This looks terrific. I’ll have to scout out that Greek cheese- I’ve never heard of it before!

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — October 26, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Yum! That looks really good. I’ve been enjoying the new Cooking Light as well and this cover definitely caught my eye when I received this issue.

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    France — October 26, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    Your photo should be on the cover of a magazine. This pizza looks so good.

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    CookiePie — October 26, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

    Love this! Gorgeous photo, and I love that you tried freezing the dough. And I totally agree about the changes to CL – great magazine!

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    jo — October 27, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    Oh wow – I can already smell pizza in the air. This looks absolutely yummy and would love to have a slice.

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    NJ — October 28, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    I recently found and subscribed to your blog. I love the concept and am enjoying the posts. Your photo inspires me to try the pizza more than theirs did. Looking forward to more recipes and pictures.

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    Sues — October 28, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    Your pizza looks prettier than the one on the cover! I love a good “light” pizza :)

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    Jill — October 28, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

    This is such a great concept for a blog. Loved the spider cake and this pizza looks DELICIOUS and even better than the cover. I’m not sure if it would have caught my attention, but after seeing yours and reading an information post, I think I’ll have to try it too. :)

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    Bethany — November 6, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    That looks amazing!!

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