These angel food cupcakes are red, white and blue (with an optional touch of green). Photo courtesy Completely Delicious.
Here’s a July 4th recipe based on that summer favorite, angel food cake: light and airy and just waiting to be topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.
This recipe, from Annalise of CompletelyDelicious.com via the folks at GoBoldWithButter.com, spins angel food cake into cupcakes, with a lightened whipped buttercream topping instead of whipped cream.
Prep time is 15 minutes, cook time is 45 minutes.
RECIPE: ANGEL FOOD CUPCAKES
Ingredients For 12-18 Cupcakes
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup cake flour
1 cup egg whites (from about 8 large eggs)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For The Cupcakes
For The Whipped Buttercream
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fresh berries: blueberries and raspberries
Optional: candied mint leaves (recipe)
1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
2. SIFT together the powdered sugar and cake flour, three times. Set aside.
3. BEAT the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt on medium high speed until foamy, in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or with a hand-held mixer. Increase the speed to high and slowly add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, with the mixer running. Beat until glossy and soft peaks form. Then stir in the vanilla.
4. SIFT the dry ingredients over the meringue in 3 additions and gently fold in after each addition. Do not over-mix or the meringue will deflate.
5. SPOON the mixture into the prepared muffin pan, filling the cups all the way to the top. Bake until golden about 18 minutes, until the cupcake tops spring back when touched. Let the cupcakes cool completely.
Angel food cake is always baked in a tube pan, which creates the environment best for a light-rising cake. Photo courtesy Betty Crocker.
6. MAKE the frosting in the stand mixer or with the hand-held mixer. Beat the powdered sugar and butter together until smooth. Add the wcream, salt and vanilla and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Frost the cupcakes and top with the berries.
WHAT IS ANGEL FOOD CAKE
Angel food cake is a light, flourless cake made with sugar, cream of tartar, salt, vanilla or almond extract, and a dozen or so egg whites, depending on the recipe. There is no leavening. It is typically baked in a tube pan, and popularly served with berries and whipped cream—although it is just fine plain or with a dessert sauce (caramel, chocolate, custard, fruit, etc.).
Some historians think that the first angel food cakes were baked in the South by African-American slaves, due to the strength required to whip the air into the whites. Others theorize that the cake originated in Pennsylvania Dutch country in the early 1800s.
October 10th is National Angel Food Cake Day. Here are recipes for a from-scratch angel food cake, and for a strawberry glaze. If you don’t want to bake from scratch, try a store-bought or cake mix.