The cupcakes of Heaven. It’s easy to see where Angel Food Cake has been given it’s name. It is gorgeously white, fluffy as clouds and delicately soft and it’s simply divine. It’s made with just a few basic ingredients but when properly prepared it creates something all it’s own. I love cupcakes, plus I don’t own an angel food cake pan (and I’m assuming most everyone else doesn’t either as it doesn’t seem to be a common kitchen item) so I thought angel food cupcakes would be more fitting for a made from scratch angel food cake recipe. To me, these tasted far better than any store bought angel food cake I’ve ever had. They also seem to have more moisture so I didn’t feel like I was eating a dried out sponge :).
I topped these with a simple cream cheese whipped cream made from 3 simple ingredients. The cream cheese is the perfect addition to these cupcakes and it will likely remind you of berry cheesecake. Also, I rarely combine vanilla with a whipped cream topping because I love the flavor of cream and don’t want it to be hidden, so some of you may like your whipped cream with a hint of vanilla but I say it’s basically an insult to the goodness and natural sweetness of cream – so leave it out! Just kidding, add it if you’d like but just be sure you make these cupcakes. And as always, Enjoy!
Angel Food Cupcakes
Yield: 16 cupcakes
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup cake flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 egg whites , at room temperature*
- 2 1/2 Tbsp warm water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla , coconut, almond or orange extract (I used coconut)
- 3/4 tsp cream of tartar
Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Topping
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 6 oz cream cheese , softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- fresh strawberries , blueberries or raspberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse sugar until super fine, about 2 minutes (if you don't have a food processor caster sugar should also work). In a mixing bowl, sift together half of the sugar, the cake flour and the salt.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg whites, water, extract of choice and cream of tartar until well combined, about 2 minutes. Switch to a hand mixer and whip mixture on medium speed while slowly adding remaining sugar to mixture, until medium peaks form. Sift just enough of the flour mixture in to evenly dust the top of the egg white mixture and using a spatula gently fold flour layer into egg white mixture and continue this process until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated (I did this in probably 12 batches).
Divide batter among paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup nearly full. Bake in preheated oven 18 - 20 minutes until golden and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely then spread Cream Cheese Whipped Cream over cupcakes just before serving and top with fresh fruit.
For the Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Topping:
In a mixing bowl whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. In a separate mixing bowl, whip cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese to whipped cream along with powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Store in refrigerator.
*I'd recommend working with one egg in a bowl at a time to separate the yolk and white, then pour that separated white into the mixing bowl and continue that process with remaining eggs. I do this simply in case one of the yolks breaks and gets into the whites then you'll only have to toss out 1 egg and not all of them if you can't get the yolk out. You don't want even 1 drop of egg yolk in the cake mixture or it can prevent the whites from whipping to stiff peaks.
Recipe Source: cake adapted from Alton Brown's Angel Food Cake, via Food Network. topping - Cooking Classy.