Memorial Day Indoors: Chocolate Frosted Angel Food Cupcakes

angel food cupcakes

Memorial Day is for cook-outs and white Capri pants.  Usually. 

angel food cupckaes with rainbow sprinklesWe were planning on grilling a few steaks this afternoon. But the world sometimes does not cooperate with our plans.  And in a sad and scary turn of events, the air is hazy and filled with smoke. Who would have thought that smoke from a forest fire in Quebec would travel hundreds of miles south to Boston? Not just one forest fire, in fact, but at least a dozen, raging outside Montreal, forcing thousands from their homes. 

So, since grilling is out, I figured that chocolate is in. This is my ultimate favorite chocolate frosting.  Rich and smooth, but oh-so-easy to make.  It is perfect on just about any cake, as long as you use really great cocoa powder (I used Ghiradelli).  It really is perfect atop these angel food cupcakes.  But it’s even quite nice on baked and chilled brownies as an extra decadent layer. I made a double batch of the angel food cake here, because it keeps for a few days.  And when the haze clears, we will be sitting on our deck devouring angel food cake topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

chocolate buttercream frostingThe cupcakes cook pretty quickly, but if you choose to make a loaf cake or bake the batter in a traditional tube pan, do not grease the pan and do increase the baking time to 50-60 minutes until slightly golden.  While not necessary for the cupcakes, for a larger cake, be sure to cool in the pan upside down on a rack.

Angel Food Cupcakes with Simple Chocolate Frosting

makes 36 small cupcakes

10 egg whites

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour, sifted

1/3 teaspoon salt

1 recipe simple chocolate frosting (see below)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the egg whites on a medium-low speed until frothy.  Add the cream of tartar and beat on high until firm but not dry. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts if using. Meanwhile, mix together the sugar, sifted flour and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg white mixture a half-cup at a time, beating well in between each addition.  Spoon the batter into paper muffin liner cups (do use liners, otherwise the batter with stick terribly) and bake for about 15-18 minutes, until golden on top.  Cool completely and frost with simple chocolate frosting.

Simple Chocolate Frosting

6 tablespoons butter, soft

2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup milk

Beat the butter until slightly fluffy.  Add in the sugar in two additions, beating well after each additions.  Add in the vanilla and cocoa powder and beat well.  Add the milk and continue to beat until smooth.  Use right away or store in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature to use for frosting.

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  1. My husband loves angel food cake but I don’t. Should I make it anyway? 😉

    Love your cupcakes!

    • Hmm, if you don’t love angel food cake do you like devil’s food cake? Just replace 1/4 cup of flour with cocoa powder. Chocolate is always a good compromise, right?

  2. Angel food cupcakes! yum! This more than makes up for not being able to grill outside.

  3. I adore the angel food cake! These cupcakes look divine!

  4. Yum. These look like delicious cupcakes. I’m really loving the angel food cake.

  5. Oh those cupcakes look great!

  6. There is nothing quite like the texture of angel food cake. So moist and airy. With a dollop of this chocolate on top it sounds sinful.

    • Totally sinful… the problem is that all of that lovely chocolate kind of negates the fat-free cake! But the texture is there in all its fluffy glory!

  7. YUM! Angel food is one of my all-time fave cakes…I could eat it all the time. These are perfect indoors…or out! They look delish.

  8. Wow – forest fires in Quebec. It’s so tragic as so much of their economy depends on the lumber industry.

    Great looking cupcakes and so much more “calorically responsible” than what we cooked up this weekend! Ha.

  9. just adorable….I spend my long weekend “cooking in” as well, white pants sadly resting in a closet 🙂
    but we managed to make it fun anyway 🙂

  10. wow i can’t believe smoke can travel that far! angel food cake is so amazingly fluffy…it’s like eating a cloud! i love your idea of cupcakes and the chocolate is the perfect frosting finishing touch 🙂

  11. I have used cake flour for muffins but never tried angle food cupcake. This is going on my to do list.Yummy to do list actually.

  12. Dear Katie – Look how gorgeous your cupcakes turned out straight out of the oven! I could pop one in my mouth right now 🙂

    The frosting is gorgeous too. Thanks for another yummilicious recipe 🙂

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  13. Ooh these sound great! I’ve never really thought of baking angel food cake into cupcakes. Very nice and light!

  14. Angel food cupcakes is a great idea, scrumptious!

  15. That’s horrible about the smoke! But these cupcakes are a comforting treat! You made the chocolate frosting sound so irresistible.

  16. Hi Katie, So sorry about the awful smoke and forest fires–I hadn’t heard anything about it. (In Nashville, our city is recovering from massive flooding, and then we are all worried about what’s happening in the Gulf…)

    Nonetheless, your cupcakes look so so good–tender with that creamy-dreamy frosting.

  17. Looks great! Love the idea of using angel food cake!

  18. I love the idea of light angel food cupcakes! One gets the luscious chocolate and much less calories than with a butter-based cake;
    I also wanted to thank you SO MUCH for the link to the New York Times articel; every time the paper goes to Beirut, it never fails, they talk about Kamal Mouzawak (I interviewed him in January); on one of the photos, there is my childhood friend Anne-Marie who gave up a corporate career to train in Paris under Gerard Mulot and other famous pastry chefs and sells her creations at the Souk; can’t wait to see all these people! Have you ever tried Kayser’s breads? they are amazing. Beirut is buzzing and I will report on it real soon. XOX , Joumana

    • How amazing that the photo is of your friend! Her pastries do look lovely. And I can’t wait to hear all of your reportings on the food scene in Beirut!

  19. I don’t see me in white capri pants anytime soon but the cupcakes look great. this is a great way to do angelfood!

  20. angel food cupcakes, I have never tried these, they look super yummy, great recipe thanks for sharing


  21. Chocolate is in rain, smoke or shine! ;D Sorry you couldn’t enjoy the outdoors but it looks like your yummy cupcakes made the day great!

  22. I would never have thought of making angel food cake into cupcakes. What a great idea!

  23. yummy, Katie!

    I am wondering how I did not hear of the forest fires in Quebec???

    But a great way to turn lemons into lemonade. The cupcakes look so light and airy and the chocolate on top-divine!

  24. These look wonderful and the idea to use angel food to make the cupcakes is inspired. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  25. Cupcakes are a must when we have BBQs. These look so moist!

  26. I’ve never had angel food cake in the form of a cupcake, but I bet they are really good. I love the lightness of angel food cake, and it’s so nice paired with chocolate.

    That’s crazy about how far the smoke traveled. So strange.

  27. who doesn’t love cupcakes!! angel food so light and delicate with that lovely chocolate frosting…yummm
    hopefully you’ll be able to fire up the grill very soon!!

  28. These look yummy, I love the mix of light fluffy angel food with a thick creamy chocolate.

  29. Oh also, thanks for visiting my site I’m glad I found yours ^_^

  30. A truly good icing is hard to find but this one ticks the boxes Perfect consistency, easy to spread and heavenly taste Angels food

  31. Sorry your barbeque was postponed but kinda secretly glad because these look pretty awesome! Happy long weekend – it is here in Austria too.

  32. I have yet to make cupcakes…muffins, yes…cupcakes still waiting for me to get with the plan!
    Now, frosting fluffy angels like these seem to appeal to me immensely. The thick luscious chocolate cream is definitely the bonus ;o)
    Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

  33. these look scrumptious! ive never made angel cake before but can imagine how light it is from all the eggwhites?? definitely book marking this thanks for sharing! xx

  34. Lovely, and what a fun twist on this classic cake. I don’t think I’ve seen angel food cupcakes before!

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