Coffee Angel Food Cake

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 7 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 47 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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For the cake:

1 cup cold water plus 1 tablespoon

3 tablespoons Mexican coffee flavored liqueur (recommended: Kahlua)

1 tablespoon instant coffee (recommended: Folgers)

1 (16-ounce) box angel food cake mix (recommended: Betty Crocker)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder (recommended: Hershey's)

For the icing:

1 (1-pound) box powdered sugar, sifted (recommended: C and H)

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons orange liqueur

For garnish:

1 orange, zested


  1. Move oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the water, Mexican coffee flavored liqueur, and instant coffee in a medium mixing bowl. Stir until coffee crystals have dissolved.
  3. Add cake mix and cocoa powder and using an electric hand mixer, beat on low speed for 30 seconds; then beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Pour into an ungreased 10 by 4-inch tube pan. Bake in preheated oven for 37 to 47 minutes or until top is a dark golden brown, cracked, and not sticky.
  4. Remove from oven and immediately turn pan upside down onto a bottle until cooled completely. Run knife around edges of pan and remove cake from pan.
  5. For the icing: Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until smooth. Pour icing evenly over the top of the cake letting it run down the sides of the cake. Let icing set for 1 hour. Slice cake and serve garnished with orange zest.
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