Angel Food Cupcakes

June 8, 2012

Angel Food Cupcakes

I. Love. Angel food cake. It has always been a favorite dessert of mine, and I can still recall making my very first one from scratch many years ago. I was at my Grandma Lorrie’s house, and I remember standing on a stool with a hand mixer in my right hand and mixing and mixing and mixing and mixing… just waiting for those darn stiff peaks to form. I must have asked my grandma five or six times if I had “stiff peaks” before I actually did. In reality, it probably didn’t take long at all. But when you are little, holding a heavy hand mixer, and really wanting some cake, those five or six minutes can feel like an eternity.

I had a craving for some angel food cake the other day, as I often do in the late spring when the strawberries are ruby red and sweet, and I decided to get baking. However, when I looked in my refrigerator and discovered that I only had seven eggs I realized that I had a problem; my recipe calls for 11 egg whites. This is where the cupcakes come in. Determined to get my angel food cake fix in some shape or form, I scaled down my recipe considerably and made them as mini cakes instead. Remarkably, I still got 20 cupcakes…go figure.

These angel food cupcakes are delicious. They completely melt in your mouth and are as light as air. They are the perfect sweet after dinner or when you need a treat in the middle of the day. Give them a try with a dollop of whipped cream and topped with your favorite berries, you wont be sorry.
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Original Post: 6/1/12
Yield: 20 Cupcakes
Ingredients:

  • 5 egg whites – let stand
    at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of
    tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
    extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond
    extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Sliced berries of choice
    mixed with 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)
  • Whipped topping or
    whipped cream of choice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
    degrees.
  2. Line 20 muffin cups with
    liners.
  3. Place egg whites in a
    mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, sift powdered
    sugar and flour together three times. Set aside.
  5. Add cream of tarter,
    vanilla and almond extracts, and salt to your room temperature egg whites; beat
    on high speed.
  6. Once egg whites become
    frothy, slowly incorporate the granulated sugar; continue beating until stiff
    peaks form.
  7. With a spatula, gradually
    fold in flour mixture, one third at a time, to the fluffy egg whites.
  8. Drop batter, by generous
    spoonful, into the muffin cups. (Cups will be full)
    • Don’t worry if the batter
      is not perfectly flat, it makes a pretty whimsical look if it is not 🙂
  9. Bake cupcakes at 350
    degrees for 15-20 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched and
    are golden brown in color.
  10. Place cupcakes on a wire
    rack to cool.
  11. Top with whipped cream and berries, if desired, and enjoy!

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