This is the foundation for the decadent Mocha Dacquoise Cake that Martha made on episode 612 of Martha Bakes.
- Yield: Makes two 10-inch layers
Source: The Martha Stewart Show
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
- 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 6 large egg whites
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a marker, trace 10-inch circles on each sheet of parchment; turn paper marked-side down. In a large bowl, sift together confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium-high speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and whisk until soft peaks form. With mixer running, gradually add the granulated sugar, whisking until stiff glossy peaks form, 4 to 5 minutes. Sift in the confectioners' sugar and cocoa mixture in three additions, folding after each addition, until mostly incorporated.
Transfer meringue to a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Starting just within the marked circles, pipe meringue, working inward in a spiral pattern. Bake for 2 hours. Turn off oven, allowing meringues to dry out until oven is completely cool, at least 4 hours and up to overnight.