Angel Meals Cupcakes – Sugar Spun Run

Smooth, fluffy, and lighter than air, these Angel Meals Cupcakes positive reside as much as their identify! Whereas the approach is much like making the traditional 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 recent strawberries, or take pleasure in 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. Should you’ve by no means had angel meals cake earlier than, it’s a delicate and candy cake with a heavenly, gentle and ethereal texture (therefore the identify!). The cake is often 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 will likely have been a missed alternative to make use of my chocolate whipped cream)!

In the present day’s recipe is much like my angel meals cake, however a couple of adjustments had been crucial as a way to make them profitable as cupcakes. Should you’ve ever made an angel meals cake, you understand 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 manner. 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, positively 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 will probably be whipping egg whites to stiff peaks to make these cupcakes. Should you’ve made my meringue cookies or macarons earlier than, you already know that it is rather vital to 1) use the proper of egg whites 2) ensure you 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 on your success!

Why you’ll love these cupcakes:

  • A lot faster to make than a complete cake.
  • Extremely gentle and ethereal texture ✨
  • Easy elements–principally 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 here are a couple of price mentioning earlier than we dive in:

  • Egg whites. Don’t use carton egg whites! These received’t all the time whip up correctly, and this recipe closely depends on correctly whipped egg whites. As a substitute, separate your personal eggs (right into a clear, dry, grease free bowl!) and ensure you don’t get even a tiny little bit of yolk in with the whites. I embrace a couple of recipe concepts beneath for utilizing up your further yolks.
  • Cake flour. I choose cake flour right here, however you should utilize all-purpose flour if that’s all you will have readily available. Particulars on find out how to substitute all-purpose flour are included within the recipe notes beneath.
  • Cornstarch. This ingredient isn’t in my authentic 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 blended 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 shiny, cozy taste. You may all the time depart this out for those who choose or for those who simply don’t occur to have any, however I really like the way in which it really works on this recipe.

SAM’S TIP: It’s finest to make use of an electrical mixer or stand mixer for this recipe because you’ll must do a number of mixing to organize the meringue. I positively wouldn’t suggest making this recipe by hand!

Keep in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the publish!

Learn 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 velocity till mixed.
  2. Progressively enhance the mixer velocity to excessive and start including the granulated sugar one tablespoon at a time, ready 20 seconds between additions.
  3. Maintain beating till the meringue reaches stiff peaks. The combination will seem shiny and will have tremendously 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 might turn into dense and flat.

SAM’S TIP: You could whip your egg whites to stiff peaks! Should you don’t, you danger having your cupcakes sink after baking or simply end up with an poor, dense, and sadly deflated texture. Should you’re extra of a visible learner, it may be useful to take a look at my video (within the recipe card) to see what stiff peaks seems to be 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 will probably be very full, and that is okay! In reality, this helps them bake correctly with out shrinking; a number 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. Clean the tops of every cupcake with the again of a spoon. That is optionally available, however their look received’t change an excessive amount of after baking, so I like to verify they appear fairly earlier than.
  3. Bake the cupcakes for 16 minutes at 375. Flip off the oven, crack the door open a couple of inches, and wait one other 15-20 minutes earlier than eradicating the cupcakes. Why? You may ask? Cooling angel meals cupcakes slowly helps stop 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 (suppose like a meringue cookie), which provides a pleasant delicate 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 every thing you’ve completed, 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 will probably make the cupcakes soggy as they sit. Add proper earlier than serving for finest presentation and texture.

SAM’S TIP: These cupcakes are tremendous gentle and ethereal, a lot that the cupcake liner truly performs an vital function 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.

Regularly 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 almost certainly causes for sinking could 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?

Whilst you might 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 will probably simply stray into “too candy” territory with a traditional 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 prime simply earlier than serving. I’ll typically prime them with strawberries or serve them with a aspect 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 😍

Take pleasure in!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video beneath! Should you do this recipe, make sure you tag me on Instagram, and you can even discover me on YouTube and Facebook

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 optionally available 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

Prepare 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 velocity to excessive, and as soon as on excessive velocity progressively 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 must be thick, shiny, sticky, and elevated in quantity. Should 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 flippantly touched, and any cracks on the floor look dry.

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

  • As soon as cooled, fastidiously 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

You could substitute all-purpose flour, you’ll need 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 received’t preserve as nicely after whipped cream has been added, however you could possibly retailer in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 2 days.


The cupcake liners help the cupcakes, as soon as faraway from the liners they’ll 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 must be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will fluctuate based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.