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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Recipe for Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

The weather has been so nice this weekend. It is finally starting to feel like Spring. Yesterday I went for a nice run outside and Josh worked on our yard the entire day. He is prepping our backyard for a big garden. I can't wait to grow our own vegetables and herbs. This is our first Spring as home owners. We really don't know what we are doing when it comes to gardening, but we are hoping to acquire at least one green thumb:)

I have always enjoyed angel food cake. It is light, fluffy, and goes so well with fruit. I think it is the perfect dessert for Spring. I recently made angel food cupcakes and they were amazing!

They may look plain and not very decadent for a dessert, but sometimes it is nice to have a light treat. I loved the lemon zest in these cupcakes. I was going to make a frosting or glaze, but I think they were perfect by themselves. I served them with a blackberry on top to add to the already adorable cupcakes!

If you are looking for a Spring dessert, look no further. These cupcakes are perfect! Happy Spring everyone!

Oh, and a quick congrats to my brother and sister in law! They had their baby yesterday! Little Ramona is so adorable. Unfortunately, they are many miles away so we have only seen pictures, but don't worry I will still be the favorite auntie from afar:)

Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes
Seen on Culinary Adventures of a New Wife, originally on Baking Bites

(Printable Recipe)

3/4 cup superfine sugar, divided
1/2 cup sifted cake flour
5 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one lemon

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
2. In a small bowl, sift together cake flour and 1/4 cup superfine sugar.
3. In a large bowl, beat room-temperature egg whites until foamy, then add in cream of tartar and salt. Gradually add in the remaining 1/2 cup of superfine sugar while the mixer is on high speed, beating the egg whites to soft peaks.With a rubber spatula add in the vanilla and lemon zest, do this very gently!
4. Fold in flour mixture, adding it in two or three additions.
5. Divide evenly into prepared muffin tins. Fill them pretty full.
6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until golden brown. The tops will spring back when lightly touched.
7. Cool on a wire rack.

Lemon Icing Drizzle
I didn't do the lemon drizzle because I liked the cupcakes plain, but I know the drizzle would be fabulous. I will try it next time!

Confectioner's Sugar
Fresh lemon juice

Combine confectioners sugar with lemon juice. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle on top of cooled cupcakes.
Makes 12 cupcakes.

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Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Horay for nice weather!! It's been beautiful here too (finally!!).

Angel Food Cake is such a delightful dessert - love that you made it in cupcake form!!

7:06 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

Mmmm, I love angel food cake, but I've never had a lemon one, happy spring to you!

7:42 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

Growing your own vegetables and herbs is so much fun! We used to do that, but the raccoons started getting to everything. I don't have a tube pan so I've never made angel food cake before.. well I did, but that was a long time ago and it was a failure. I'm going to try it in cupcake form now!

7:42 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A real delight! They are so pretty!



7:43 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

Those look so yummy!!!

Congrats to the new auntie!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Angel food cake is great in any form, the cupcakes are adorable!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

oh these look so so good! Wish to tr angel food cupcakes look dreamy .

8:53 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

The cake is not only angelic but also fluffy and light.

9:21 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

oh that sounds good to put it in cupcake form. and I think lemon should be a staple in angel food cake, seriously.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Mindy said...

Those cupcakes look yummy! Good luck with the garden. That's one thing I miss about living in a city in garden space. We'll be returning to our house in the US in July, and I don't think we'll be able to start growing anything that late. :-( Oh well, there's always next year!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

You're feeling better!!! Hooray! I am so glad you got some exercise and baking in- I know you must be SO happy! I am a huge fan of light desserts and these sound perfect to me ;)

11:59 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

I love a light and fluffy cupcake - these sound divine!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angel food cupcakes sound delicious - what a great idea!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Pearl said...

oh my gosh - CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR BROTHER! if Ramona is related to you, then she must be absolutely gorgeous.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

These sound great and so springy! I love how light and fluffy angel food cake is.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

these are so cute and puffy!!! :D Love it!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Maria these are beautiful! I just love how pretty they look. I'm an angel food cake fan too, love it with a little lemon curd :)

I'm starting my first garden this year too, so we can wish each other luck together. I started reading Lasagna Gardening today after checking it out from the library a week or so ago. Great ideas and I think it sounds pretty darn easy! Even started my own gardening blog to keep up with my new adventure :)

1:30 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone! I will need your garden tips as the spring/summer moves along!
These are really so good. Nice and light and lots you can do with them! Enjoy my friends!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Aggie said...

I love angel food cake...these cupcakes are adorable! Glad you are finally able to get that garden going. This is my first year with a "big" garden...good luck to both of us! ;)

2:40 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

I just made angel food cake, but it was topped with chocolate!

Love the last photo.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

those look gorgeous! the blackberries are so big and plump!! and your cake stand is SO adorable!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

so dainty :) and love the blackberry addition!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Angel Food is so great because it's nice and light and low in fat. The lemon additions makes it sound very alluring to me.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Dragon said...

I'm so jealous. I would love to have a big garden too. :) These cupcakes are divine!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! The cupcakes look light and divine-the perfect little treat!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Di said...

What a great idea. I never think to make cupcakes out of angel food cake. And this would be a great way to use up some of the egg whites in my freezer!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

The cupcakes look lovely, perfect for spring.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

What a delicious and light Spring dessert!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

Congrats on the new niece! So, you plan on send her some of your yummy baked goodies to stay her fave auntie? :)

I'm not crazy about plan angel food cake. My children like it but I find it bland maybe the lemon in yours will win me over.

Terrific photo.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Awww, congrats, Auntie! You should post a few pics of baby Ramona!! And congrants on prepping for your first gardening experience. I think it's quite exciting to cultivate a garden in your very own yard of your very own home. And, in other news, these angel food cupcakes look awesome! A perfect light and spring-time-y treat!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

It just so happens that I have 5 egg whites in my fridge right now and I wanted to do angel food cake but didn't have enough. This is the perfect solution. They look beautiful. Great pictures!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Great idea to make them in individual servings. I wonder if they would freeze well?

9:03 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

How cute!! The drizzle is a great idea-- I do like AFC with sweetened whipped cream too :)

11:32 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

Your cupcakes look light and delicious. Perfect for spring! I hope you're feeling better!

4:32 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

The pictures are so pretty!! I can't wait until we have a home so we can plant a garden. And congrats on your new niece!!

5:01 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

I love angel food cake..with strawberry and whipped cream...YUM!

5:03 AM  
Blogger grace said...

i think angel food cake is one of the best summertime desserts, and i'm really enjoying the massive blackberries atop your beauties. lovely, maria. :)

6:14 AM  
Blogger kat said...

beautiful cupcakes. We are trying our hand at the whole vegetable garden thing this year too...hope to have a bumper crop of tomatoes to can

6:57 AM  
Blogger chocolatecup said...


7:10 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

These look FABULOUS, and I am definitely ready for some lighter desserts. How gorgeous are those photos? I am so glad that you all finally had some good weather and got to enjoy it!

7:30 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Angel food cake is one of my favorite cakes. Heck mom curses me every birthday when I ask for it.

I like the cupcake idea but once again I would eat them all. So good.....

7:38 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

I never thought of making cupcakes with angel food - great idea!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

These are beautiful and look so elegant Maria!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

The weather varies here. For a few days, it's sunny and in the 60s. Then it's rainy and in the 40s. Then 60s and sunny, etc.

I tried growing a garden last year, but the squash failed. Then a rabbit ate one of my few jalapenos.

I don't understand angel food cupcakes. I know with regular angel food cake, you have to let it set upside down. Why don't the cupcakes collapse? Hmmm

You will be the best aunt ever. Just bake little Ramona lots of treats ;)

8:25 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Angel food cake is such a weakness!! These look perfect for a springtime treat with the berries on top. Love it!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

We had wonderful weather too. Good luck with your garden - I am planting tomatoes this year and I am hoping I don't kill them.

The cupcakes look wonderful - light, fluffy and tasty.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

looks amazing!! so jealous that your going to have a garden... I need one too :) congrats on being an auntie!!!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

these are real beauties... and congratulations to your brother for the new angel... :)

10:14 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

We're growing jalepenos and chili peppers! I forsee a lot of Mexican food in our future...

11:06 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

We had a great weekend here. The cupcakes looks great. Love the berry on top!

11:16 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

Its been awful here :( It rains and shines...rains and shines. I cant wait for steady sunshine! But I dont care about the weather..I'm baking these soon :)

11:31 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Angel Food Cake is delicious - I agree that it is perfect for spring! Especially since it is fat-free - great for those watching what they eat. Adding lemon sounds wonderful!

11:58 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

OOO I can't wait to have a big garden!! These cupcakes look perfectly light and tender! And congrats to your brother and sister-in-law!

1:44 PM  
Blogger giz said...

HA...I posted a very similar recipe over the weekend and the cupcakes were incredible. I love that you put a blackberry on the top and that cake server is so cute.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Loving the sun!!!! And those cupcakes!! I can't wait to try them.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Two of my favorite things, lemon and angel food cake!! I will be trying these soon. The orange rolls and black bean salsa also look SO good!!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

So cute. I've never seen an angel food cupcake before. I must try it out. I love cupcakes! I like the lemon zest.
Congrats on the new baby!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love homemade angel food cake, it's so much better than store bought. These look great!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

What lovely cupcakes - they really look perfect for spring! Good luck with your garden!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

These cupcakes look SO, SO good! I'm going to make them this week! Can't wait to share them with friends! ;)

8:34 PM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love angel food cake but I've never thought of putting it into a cupcake form. Genius!

Best of green thumb wishes for your new garden!

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH WOW those look delicious!!

4:02 AM  
Blogger The Purple Carrot said...

Welcome baby Ramona : )

And those angel food cupcakes look and sound delightful!

Hope you're having a great start to your week! : )

4:37 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

They're adorable and I love the pictures!!!!

5:53 PM  
Blogger farah said...

Oh i'm trying these for sure! I have so many frozen egg whites in my freezer from all the recent twd recipes. Thanks for the recipe, they look yummy!

6:56 PM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Ohhh mmmm I just ate a chocolate guiness cupcake, and I wish I had one of these instead... :D

11:18 AM  
Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

Oh, I'm not a huge fan of angel food, but maybe in cupcake form with lemon!

1:01 AM  
Blogger Rachelle S said...

Perfect! I saw you posted about these in the TWD comments. I've been wanting to make angel food cake but don't have the pan. These are perfect! And with all those egg whites from TWD in the freezer...


11:25 PM  

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