Thursday, May 24, 2012

Angel Food Cupcakes with Cinnamon Whip


Baking was one of the childhood activities that, luckily, my parents promoted - and the result was a mix of delicious treats and baking disasters. I have learned a few lessons...but I still dabble, stir, whip, and frost and hope for the best. Lately, my gauge of quality are the friends that light up when I have the newest treat readied for consumption. This dessert is a very light rendition of the cupcake genre coupled with an even lighter 'frosting'. It was easy to eat in 1 to 3 bites, and a shame that I ran out so quickly!

Servings:12 cupcakes,
2 Cups Whipped Cream
Prep Time: 35 min

Angel Food Cupcake
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour, Less 2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp Corn Starch
1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
1 1/2 Cup Egg Whites
2/3 Cup Sugar, Granulated
1 1/2 Tsp Cream of Tartar
1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Cinnamon Whipped Cream
1c Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Cinnamon, Ground
2 Tbsp Sugar, Granulated

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sift together flour, corn starch, and confectioners sugar twice. Place another mixing bowl in a warm water bath and stir together egg whites and sugar until dissolved. Add vanilla and cream of tartar and whip until a meringue forms. Once glossy, fold in flour mixture with a spatula until evenly mixed. Spoon among 12 cupcake tins and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes - until inserted knife comes out clean.

The whip is quite simple: in a chilled mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to mix the whipping cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar until stiff peaks form. A spatula can be run through the whipped cream and its shape should remain intact. Adding more sugar is discretionary and directed by individual tastes, I prefer to lean on the lighter side where I can when it comes to sweets.

As it may already be guessed, I did go for something a little 'extra' with this dessert. Instead of just frosting the cupcakes with the whipped cream, I piped a small amount through the base of each cupcake for a mild sweetness within the treat. Certainly not necessary, but it rounded out the airiness of these light and fluffy little cakes and made for a fun shift in texture when eating!

Nutrition Info (Angel Food Cupcake: 1 serving)
Calories 67, Total Fat 0.1g, Sat. Fat 0g, Cholest. 27.6mg, Sodium 14.6mg, Carb. 0.1g, Fiber 0.1g, Sugars 10.6g, Protein 2.1g

Nutrition Info (Cinnamon Whip: 2 Tbsp)
Calories 46, Total Fat 4.2g, Sat. Fat 2.6g, Cholest. 15.4mg, Sodium 4.3mg, Carb. 2g, Fiber 0.1g, Sugars 1.6g, Protein 0.2g

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