Angel Meals Cupcakes – Sugar Spun Run

Tender, fluffy, and lighter than air, these Angel Meals Cupcakes positive reside as much as their title! Whereas the method is much like making the basic model of their namesake cake, these candy and easy cupcakes bake in half the time. High them off with do-it-yourself whipped cream and contemporary strawberries, or get pleasure from them plain! Recipe features a how-to video!

Angel food cupcakes sitting beside each other on a cooling rack, with the left cupcake missing a bite.

Fluffy Angel Meals Cupcakes

My favourite cake will get a mini makeover in the present day. When you’ve by no means had angel meals cake earlier than, it’s a delicate and candy cake with a heavenly, mild and ethereal texture (therefore the title!). The cake is usually made in a tube pan, however in the present day we’re making it in cupcake type and topping with whipped cream (although, on reflection I feel this may increasingly have been a missed alternative to make use of my chocolate whipped cream)!

Right this moment’s recipe is much like my angel meals cake, however a number of adjustments have been crucial as a way to make them profitable as cupcakes. When you’ve ever made an angel meals cake, you realize a crucial a part of the method is suspending the cake the other way up instantly after it comes out of the oven and it should cool that method. However… attempt doing that with a cupcake tin (please don’t, actually!). Doesn’t precisely work!

Out of necessity, I’ve barely modified the recipe to make it work without having to be flipped the other way up. This recipe has a (barely) sturdier crumb to assist the cupcakes maintain their form. It additionally bakes in a fraction of the time, so for those who’re in a rush, undoubtedly make this one!

Cupcakes topped with piped whipped cream and strawberries on a metal cooling rack.

One factor to notice earlier than we get began: we can be whipping egg whites to stiff peaks to make these cupcakes. When you’ve made my meringue cookies or macarons earlier than, you already know that it is extremely vital to 1) use the proper of egg whites 2) be sure to don’t get any yolk–not even a speck–in with the whites and three) use clear, dry, and grease free bowls and beaters. Meringue is a finicky factor, so that is key in your success!

Why you’ll love these cupcakes:

  • A lot faster to make than a complete cake.
  • Extremely mild and ethereal texture ✨
  • Easy elements–largely pantry staples!
  • Candy taste enhanced with a contact of almond extract.

What You Want

Overhead view of labelled ingredients including eggs, almond extract, cream of tartar, and more.

You solely want 10 elements to make my angel meals cupcakes with whipped cream! Listed below are a number of price mentioning earlier than we dive in:

  • Egg whites. Don’t use carton egg whites! These gained’t at all times whip up correctly, and this recipe closely depends on correctly whipped egg whites. As a substitute, separate your individual eggs (right into a clear, dry, grease free bowl!) and be sure to don’t get even a tiny little bit of yolk in with the whites. I embody a number of recipe concepts under for utilizing up your further yolks.
  • Cake flour. I choose cake flour right here, however you need to use all-purpose flour if that’s all you might have readily available. Particulars on easy methods to substitute all-purpose flour are included within the recipe notes under.
  • Cornstarch. This ingredient isn’t in my unique cake recipe. Right here, I exploit it to assist make the construction of the cupcake, it makes the delicate crumb sturdier (with out compromising the sunshine texture we’re aiming for).
  • Sugar. You’ll must whip out the powdered sugar and the granulated (or, alternatively, superfine/caster sugar) for this recipe. Powdered sugar is combined in with the dry elements whereas granulated sugar is whipped into the meringue (very similar to we do with my macarons) to assist stabilize it.
  • Almond extract. Only a tiny splash of almond extract provides a brilliant, cozy taste. You may at all times depart this out for those who choose or for those who simply don’t occur to have any, however I really like the best way it really works on this recipe.

SAM’S TIP: It’s greatest to make use of an electrical mixer or stand mixer for this recipe because you’ll must do a variety of mixing to arrange the meringue. I undoubtedly wouldn’t advocate making this recipe by hand!

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the put up!

Find out how to Make Angel Meals Cupcakes

Cake Batter

Collage of four photos showing egg whites being whipped to stiff peaks and combined with a flour mixture.
  1. Mix the cake flour, cornstarch, and powdered sugar with a whisk, then set this apart. In a separate clear, dry, and grease free bowl (that is key, keep in mind!), beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, extracts, and salt on low pace till mixed.
  2. Steadily enhance the mixer pace to excessive and start including the granulated sugar one tablespoon at a time, ready 20 seconds between additions.
  3. Hold beating till the meringue reaches stiff peaks. The combination will seem shiny and will have enormously elevated in quantity as nicely.
  4. Gently fold the the flour combination into the meringue. Do that till the combination is mixed, however don’t over-mix or the cupcakes may change into dense and flat.

SAM’S TIP: You could whip your egg whites to stiff peaks! When you don’t, you danger having your cupcakes sink after baking or simply end up with an poor, dense, and sadly deflated texture. When you’re extra of a visible learner, it is likely to be useful to take a look at my video (within the recipe card) to see what stiff peaks seems like.

Bake + Cool

Collage of four photos showing angel food cake batter being portioned into cupcake liners and baked.
  1. Divide the batter right into a lined cupcake tin. The liners can be very full, and that is okay! The truth is, this helps them bake correctly with out shrinking; a few of the muffin batter will stick barely to the highest of the muffin tin, which serves the bonus of holding the highest in place and preserving it from sticking as they cool (throughout which some inevitable shrinking will happen). Don’t stress about having the ability to take away the cupcakes, simply use a butter knife to softly loosen the cupcakes from the tin anyplace they’ve caught.
  2. Easy the tops of every cupcake with the again of a spoon. That is non-compulsory, however their look gained’t change an excessive amount of after baking, so I like to verify they give the impression of being fairly earlier than.
  3. Bake the cupcakes for 16 minutes at 375. Flip off the oven, crack the door open a number of inches, and wait one other 15-20 minutes earlier than eradicating the cupcakes. Why? You may ask? Cooling angel meals cupcakes slowly helps forestall the acute shrinkage that may occur from quickly cooling them, so letting them cool a bit within the oven helps. The very tippy-tops of the cupcakes will get ever so barely crisp throughout this stage (assume like a meringue cookie), which provides a pleasant refined texture.
  4. Take away the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to sit of their pan till they’ve cooled utterly. Now, regardless of all the pieces you’ve carried out, the cupcakes will nonetheless shrink a bit throughout this stage–that is regular and due to your cautious preparation it shouldn’t be something main.

Whipped Cream

Collage of two photos showing cupcakes being topped with whipped cream.
  1. Whip the heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar to stiff peaks.
  2. Pipe or dollop the whipped cream in your cupcakes simply earlier than serving. Don’t add the frosting too quickly or it might probably make the cupcakes soggy as they sit. Add proper earlier than serving for greatest presentation and texture.

SAM’S TIP: These cupcakes are tremendous mild and ethereal, a lot that the cupcake liner truly performs an vital position in serving to maintain their form. Don’t take away them from the liners till you’re consuming them, they’ll shrink up on themselves a bit for those who do!

Angel food cupcakes topped with whipped cream and berries on a metal cooling rack.

Ceaselessly Requested Questions

Why did my angel meals cupcakes sink?

The cupcakes will puff within the oven after which deflate a bit as they cool, but when they’ve been ready, baked, and cooled correctly, they shouldn’t sink in on themselves.

The most definitely causes for sinking can be not whipping the egg whites totally to stiff peaks, over-mixing the batter when folding the meringue and flour combination collectively, underbaking, or not permitting the cupcakes to chill slowly.

In case your cupcakes do sink, don’t stress, they’ll nonetheless be tasty. And, for those who cowl them with whipped cream, nobody will know!

What frosting ought to I exploit?

When you may actually use any frosting, these cupcakes are delicate and don’t maintain as much as the burden of a heavy frosting too nicely. Additionally, this cake is kind of candy and it might probably simply stray into “too candy” territory with a basic frosting like a buttercream.

Due to this, my choice is to only make whipped cream or stabilized whipped cream and dollop or pipe it on high simply earlier than serving. I’ll typically high them with strawberries or serve them with a facet of macerated strawberries too!

Overhead view of two half eaten cupcakes made from angel food cake batter and topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

Gentle, delicate, and oh-so good, I’m very excited so that you can attempt these 😍

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! When you do that recipe, make sure you tag me on Instagram, and you may as well discover me on YouTube and Fb

Angel food cupcakes topped with whipped cream and berries on a metal cooling rack.

Angel Meals Cupcakes

Angel meals cupcakes style identical to the cake, however they bake in half the time! My recipe consists of an non-compulsory do-it-yourself whipped cream for topping. They style nice plain too!Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: cupcakes, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 15 minutes

Complete Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 12 cupcakes

Energy: 210kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 375F (190C) and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk collectively powdered sugar, cake flour, and corn starch; put aside.

    ⅔ cup (80 g) powdered sugar, ½ cup (55 g) cake flour, 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

  • In a big (utterly clear, dry, and grease-free) bowl mixing bowl, mix egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt. Use an electrical mixer to beat on low-speed till mixed.

    ¾ cups (175 ml) egg whites, ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar, ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract, ⅛ teaspoon almond extract, ⅛ teaspoon salt

  • Slowly enhance mixer pace to excessive, and as soon as on excessive pace steadily add the granulated sugar, 1 Tablespoon at a time, mixing for about 20 seconds between Tablespoons.

    ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar

  • Beat till stiff peaks type. The meringue needs to be thick, shiny, sticky, and elevated in quantity. When you carry your beaters out of the batter, the height that types ought to maintain its form and never fold over or recede.

  • Add cake flour/sugar combination and use a spatula to softly fold elements collectively till mixed. Keep away from over-mixing.

  • Divide batter evenly into the ready cupcake liners, it’s advantageous to overfill the liners, they are going to be very full.

  • Bake cupcakes on the middle rack of your 375F (190C) oven for 16 minutes or till the tops spring again when evenly touched, and any cracks on the floor look dry.

  • Flip off the oven and open the door a number of inches. Enable cupcakes to chill for 15-20 minutes within the oven earlier than eradicating to chill utterly within the cupcake tins.

  • As soon as cooled, rigorously take away cupcakes. If desired, put together whipped cream for topping.

Whipped Cream

  • Mix heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla in a big mixing bowl.

    1 ½ cups heavy cream, ½ cup (60 g) powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Beat with an electrical mixer till stiff peaks type.

  • Dollop or pipe frosting over cupcakes. Serve instantly.


Cake flour

It’s possible you’ll substitute all-purpose flour, you have to 55g or measure out ½ cup after which take away 1 Tablespoon.

Whipped cream

Add whipped cream to cupcakes solely simply earlier than serving.


Retailer un-frosted cupcakes in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 3 days. After frosting: Cupcakes gained’t maintain as nicely after whipped cream has been added, however you would retailer in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 2 days.


The cupcake liners assist the cupcakes, as soon as faraway from the liners they may slowly start to sink in on themselves, so depart within the wrappers when serving.


Serving: 1cupcake | Energy: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fats: 11g | Saturated Fats: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 1g | Monounsaturated Fats: 3g | Ldl cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Dietary info is predicated on third-party calculations and needs to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will range primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.

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