Devilish chocolate cake
2/3 cup sifted cake flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 large egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced strawberries
Preheat oven to 350°.
ift together first 4 ingredients in a bowl, and set aside.
Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, warm water, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl at high speed of a mixer until foamy. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating mixture until stiff peaks form. Sift flour mixture over egg white mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, and fold flour mixture in gently.
Spoon batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, spreading evenly. Break air pockets by cutting through batter with a knife. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan; let cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow spatula; revert cake onto a baking rack. Transfer the rack to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Combine the chopped chocolate and milk together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring with a fork until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the tablespoon of butter. Spoon the chocolate glaze over the top of the cake, pushing some of the glaze over and down the sides of the cake.
Arrange the sliced strawberries on the top of the cake, placing them in concentric circles. Allow the chocolate glaze to set for at least an hour.