Not gonna lie.

Angel Food Cupcakes I

I spent 21 minutes contemplating the idea that if I licked this whisk and it’s three accompanying spatulas completely clean, I mean like COMPLETELY CLEAN… just exactly how sick could I get? Would the sickness be worth it? If I took my last breath slurping fluffy meringue and choked on raw egg whites, vanilla and sugar, would it be my IDEAL – like, total ideal – way to go?

Because there is a fine line between consuming batter and feeling like garbage (or uhhh… dying?), and I often cross it.

Actually… I always cross it. Repeatedly. Forever. Evermore.


Angel Food Cupcakes I

I did that batter justice.

Really, in all my 20-something years on this Earth, if I have survived using six-years expired shaker Parmesan cheese from Mother Lovett’s fridge, if my mom has baked a cake in 2012 with Duncan Hines mix that was good through March of ’08 and I ate seven bajillion slices, if I lived after taking a swig of Dawn dish soap thinking it was my water bottle, if I consumed… well, let’s be honest here – inhaled – a piece of coconut cream pie that I found in the back of the fridge behind some congealed substance that had basically grown legs and was waiting to walk away, well then…

… I don’t think the base of an angel food cake is gonna kill me.

Angel Food Cupcakes I

Oh! And especially not… because it’s called ANGEL food cake, so there has to be like, angels involved somewhere. Watching over me. As in my guardian angel, which obviously has to have some involvement with cake somewhere.

If not, it’s like they don’t even… know me. And well, that’s just not safe.

Angel Food Cupcakes I

Besides one of my life goals being for George Clooney to prank me, another one is to make a mean-ass angel food cake. Mother Lovett used to make one and then top it with some glaze, and it was gooooood. Not my favorite, but every once in a while it was cool to bite down into a spongy layer of vanilla. Oh, but this was before I knew that angel food cake was basically a HEALTH FOOD. After learning that, I just wanted to eat brownies.


I made my first angel food cake a few years ago and assumed it would be soooosoo easy. Like, embarrassingly easy. I mean, it normally just looks like a plain, fluffy, fat life-size donut. It doesn’t taste like tiramisu layered cheesecake with chocolate mouse filling and graham cracker crust and mascarpone frosting and fresh truffles on top of a bed of creme brulee and… and… yeah. Angel food cake is simple and light and people eat it so they can feel better about themselves ingesting cake. I didn’t expect it to be all “beat the egg whites! watch for stiff peaks! sift the sugar! sift the sugar again! don’t stir the egg whites! fold the stuff in! no, FOLD the stuff in! don’t mix it in circles!” and stuff. I’m much more of a mix-all-this-junk-in-a-bowl-and-who-cares-when-you-add-the-dry-ingredients-and-oh-cracked-two-entire-eggs-plus-their-shells-in-the-batter?-just-scoop-it-out-with-your-fingers-and-move-on kind of person.

Angel Food Cupcakes I

Needless to say, I was much more prepared for this angel food experience.

Still, I complicated things a little more and made some cupcakes instead, which ummm… might just be the best thing ever because you can pop them in your mouth like candy. They are everything that angel food cake is, but cuter.

Angel Food Cupcakes I

Angel Food Cupcakes

[lightly adapted from mother lovett’s recipe and gourmet]

makes 36 cupcakes

12 large egg whites (1 1/2 cups)

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tarter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar (sift before measuring)

1 1/8 cups sifted cake flour (sift before measuring)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Let egg whites sit at room temperature for about one hour before beginning. While eggs are resting, measure out powdered sugar and flour, then sift powdered sugar, flour and salt together. Set aside. Line a cupcake tin (or two) with cupcake liners.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in the bottom third of oven.

Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until frothy. Once frothy, add in cream of tarter, then beat at medium speed until soft peaks form. This took me about 5-6 minutes. Gradually add granulated sugar with the mixer still on medium speed, continuing to beat until egg whites thicken a bit more with opaque, soft, droopy peaks. Once there, beat in vanilla extract.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and sprinkle 1/4 of the dry ingredients over the egg whites. Fold gently with a spatula until combined completely. Continue with the rest of the dry ingredients – I did this in three increments.

Once batter is smooth, use a 1/4 cup measure to pour heaping scoops of batter into each liner. Bake for 18-19 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Let cool completely, then frost as desired. I frosted mine with a simple fresh vanilla whipped cream, using 1 pint of whipping cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and beating until thickened.

Angel Food Cupcakes I

Much cuter.

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174 Responses to “Angel Food Cupcakes.”

  1. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — January 31, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Adorable! I love angel food cake!!!! I could see myself 1/2ing the recipe to make less – not that angel food cake is particularly bad for me, but having that many in the house…. I’d have them all gone in a day and would probably slather them with Dawn dishsoap just to prevent me from eating them all. Ha Ha



  2. #
    Nicole H. — January 31, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    I completely agree with you – a slice of angel food cake is definitely not as appealing as a CUPCAKE!
    I will definitely be trying these babies VERYYYYYY soon. Thanks, once again, for making me drool at 7am.


  3. #
    Lisa Rice — January 31, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    These look awesome! Thanks for posting. I can’t wait to try them.


  4. #
    Sheila — January 31, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Heavenly! I love your description of making angel food cake. I have only tackled it once. And you are brilliant to make it into cupcakes, AND have it work.


  5. #
    Grammy — January 31, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Ahem….did you say prank or spank? Either one works for me….

    P.S….the cupcakes are dreamy too :)


    • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 8:33 am

      Ha! I think I should reevaluate my life goals.


  6. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — January 31, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    I used to love angel food cake. My mom used to buy one for herself for snacks and somehow it would be gone before she could even take a slice. Whoops.


  7. #
    Meki — January 31, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    I want to achieve a white frosting too but it always turns out yellowish :(


    • Meki — January 31st, 2012 @ 8:31 am

      I mean, with butter of course.


      • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 8:33 am

        I find that really beating the frosting in the mixer for 5-6 minutes helps it turn white. This frosting is a buttercream and it always turns out white for me:

        • Meki — January 31st, 2012 @ 8:37 am

          Thanks! Can I do the same with the cupcakes before adding anything to it?

          • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 8:38 am

            I’m sorry I don’t understand what you mean – what do you want to do with the cupcakes?

            • Meki — January 31st, 2012 @ 8:43 am

              Sorry like when you cream butter and sugar together? should I beat the butter 5-6mins before adding the sugar? or is it safe to beat those two 5-6mins until really fluffy?

              • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 8:44 am

                I am no expert by any means but I always beat the butter and sugar together for a long time. At least 3 minutes, until it’s really fluffy.

  8. #
    Bronya @ Daisy Cakes — January 31, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    WoW they look amazing!!

    If taking your life in your hands looks like this, them let me give it a go!!



  9. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 31, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    as soon as i saw the title i slapped my forehead – how on EARTH have i never thought to make angel food cupcakes?! seriously, they look insane. and now i’m craving them.


  10. #
    Trish — January 31, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    Ohhh!!! I never thought of angel food cupcakes. And then with the left over yolks make my lemon sponge cake. And I have eggs at home,plus the hubs is gone tonight :) so cupcakes here I come.


  11. #
    Blog is the New Black — January 31, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    YES! I heart angel food cake…. mostly because it’s light and fluffy and you think it’s healthier for you…


  12. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — January 31, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    I totally agree that angel food cake is almost an health food. Seriously, how can something so light and airy be bad for you? Oh and angels make it (yes, I’m talking about you!)! It’s my all time favorite cake! Since I came up with my gluten free version, even people who can eat gluten ask me to make it. Absolutely heavenly!


  13. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — January 31, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    You’re right— it has angel in it; it is PERFECT! It’s safe and delicious, go and make yourself sick…. speaking of which, I think I need to make angel food cake cupcakes TONIGHT!


  14. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 31, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Mmm! Angel food is one of my alltime favorites! I made cupcakes once but my frosting was too heavy and the cake sagged. Boo. :(

    I definitely want cake for breakfast now. Thanks for that…


  15. #
    josie @ — January 31, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Yum! Angel food cupcakes… they look so light and fluffy and innocent. How could I not eat one, or two… or three ;) I am not super good at egg white beating, but one day… These look lovely :)


  16. #
    Gen — January 31, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Love angel food cake!!! Great recipe!


  17. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — January 31, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I want a cupcake now!


  18. #
    Kathryn — January 31, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    These are like little bundles of cake flavoured air! I love them!


  19. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 31, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    LOL! Your philosophy about just throwing everything into the bowl as opposed to gently folding, whipping, sifting, etc etc is exactly the way I think too! I had to laugh about the expired parmesan. When my sister and I would go over to my grandpa’s house, my mum would always tell us not to eat anything before checking the expiry dates. When he passed away in 2008 and we were cleaning out his kitchen, I think we found a few condiments that had expiry dates of 1993. Ewwwww….


  20. #
    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — January 31, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I want to face plant into several of these cupcakes


  21. #
    Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — January 31, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Woah, that is a lot of egg whites.

    So pretty though.


  22. #
    Mindy@FSLblog — January 31, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Wow. Angel food cake is notoriously difficult to get right. I’ve always been scared to try it (which is odd because I’m a pretty gutsy cook). This may have inspired me to attempt to face my fear. Thanks!


  23. #
    Becki's Whole Life — January 31, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    These look heavenly. I love your fluffy frosting with these – esp. with the cute sparkly sprinkles!


  24. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 31, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    WANT!! These look amazing!


  25. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 31, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I love the idea of angel food cupcakes because they are so light you could eat a lot of them really without guilt:-)

    I’ve consumed so much raw cookie dough etc. that I think my stomach has built-in raw egg protection.


  26. #
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — January 31, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    I make these all the time for my hubby. It’s a childhood favorite for him, which he can have while I’m eating a cupcake. :-)


  27. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — January 31, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    They look like fluffy clouds!
    All those hyphens! Girl, I think you broke a record for using them! That was awesome!


  28. #
    Sara — January 31, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I just wanted to tell you that your photography knocks my socks off. I’ve been going through some of your older recipes (stalk much) to add to pinterest (stalk even more) and it’s crazy how far you’ve come. Super jealous and my main goal now is to by a house with good light, JUST IN CASE I ever decide I want to take bad ass pictures. Just wanted to point that out to you. Congrats!


    • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 11:11 am

      Thanks so much Sara!!


  29. #
    Elizabeth @ the kitchen counsel — January 31, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    i love angel food cake but have never attempted to make it. maybe i should give it a whirl this weekend. these are adorable.


  30. #
    Adrienne @ How to Ice a Cake — January 31, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I’ve always wanted to make homemade angel food cake because I think the stuff from the store tastes like Styrofoam and a cake named after angels has to taste better than that. You may have given me the confidence to give it a try!


  31. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — January 31, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    These are so adorable…and your pictures always look so amazing. Is that all natural light? Thanks for the recipe!!


    • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      Thanks! Yep, I only use natural light.


  32. #
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — January 31, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    I’ve always been intimidated to make angel food cake, I’m not good at “folding” things either. but these look soo good.


  33. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — January 31, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    I’m loving the big blob of whipped cream on each of these. Cute idea making the cake into cupcakes :)


  34. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 31, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    When eating raw dough or batter I just remember the time my dad put TIRE SHINE in a snapple bottle and left it on the kitchen counter for his naive daughter to take a swig of thinking it was a “new flavor”. If that didn’t kill me, how good a measly little raw egg? ;)


    • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      Oh my gosh… lol.


  35. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 31, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    *could, not good


  36. #
    Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy — January 31, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Oh these look delicious, love the sprinkles!


  37. #
    Evan Thomas — January 31, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    That batter looks as soft as clouds. Great angel food!


  38. #
    Liz — January 31, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    My mom is going to FREAK when I make these for her. Angel Food cake is her favorite!


  39. #
    Kath — January 31, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Love these! And love your photos today.


  40. #
    Shannon — January 31, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    This look delish and a must try soon. So glad you added a “pin” button!!!


  41. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 31, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I just love angel food cake! Funny I just never make it and it’s probably on my top 3 favorite cakes! Your photos are gorgeous, wish I could reach right into my computer and grab that piece with the bite mark, I don’t care about germs when it comes to frosting and cake! :)


  42. #
    maddy8195 — January 31, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    i love you, that’s all i have to say. well and you’re awesome.


  43. #
    Living The Sweet Life — January 31, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    You’re so funny!! This post had me rolling on the floor laughing :)
    Angel food cake is so delicious, I can just imagine how many of the cupcakes I could gobble up.


  44. #
    Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture — January 31, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    so light and fluffy and perfect!!


  45. #
    Denise Soulliere — January 31, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Angel food cake is one of those things that I never really crave or think about making or eating until it is staring me in the face. And then I’m still thinking how dry it seams without any frosting on top.. and then I always decide to bite the bullet because it is obviously superior to having no dessert. Let’s be honest. And it surprises me. every. time. I also always reminisce about this glaze that my neighbor used to put on top. My mom tried to convince me of a butter and sugar glaze, but the flavor just wasn’t the same. I think it’s one of those things that will never taste the same as childhood even though it may be the exact same recipe. It just doesn’t have that same flavor of nostalgia I guess…


  46. #
    Valerie — January 31, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Love love angel food cake. I love adding a touch of lemon extract….yum! So, there is no need to invert them for cooling?


    • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 11:37 am

      Nope! As long as they are baked fully and the tops are puffy and golden (they almost look TOO golden), you are good to go. The only thing I noticed is that in all the batches I tried, the cupcakes shrinked more that regular cupcakes, and as you can see in the pictures, almost looked straight up and down as compared to the usual cupcake shape.


  47. #
    honeywhatscooking — January 31, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    This looks amazing Jessica. You have a true gift, not just for coming up with recipes, but for the way you write, and your ability to connect with people. I LOVE IT! Considering I have a healthy (somewhat) food blog, I have been wanting to make angel food cake for so long, but there are always 2 problems…
    1. i never have enough egg whites on hand.
    2. i don’t have cream of tartar. I can’t find it at the grocery store. Do they carry it at Michael’s? Where do you buy it?


    • Jessica — January 31st, 2012 @ 11:57 am

      Wow you can’t find it at the grocery store?? I find mine with all the spices at the grocery store – I’m shocked yours doesn’t have it! Honestly, I don’t use it for anything else so I am really unfamiliar with it. Not sure if you can get it at Michael’s as I don’t go there often, but maybe try another grocery store?? Also someone on the Facebook page said you could use the egg whites in the carton!! :)


  48. #
    Lauren from Lauren's Latest — January 31, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Love angel food cake anything! Wish I was your neighbor, Jess!!


  49. #
    Cookbook Queen — January 31, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Angel food cake is one of the world’s most perfect foods. Sigh.


  50. #
    Cait's Plate — January 31, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I’ll just come live in your kitchen and split the licking/eating in half with you so that both of us will only get half sick. I’d gladly get half sick for that. Deal?


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