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Recipe for Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

Recipe for Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

The weather has been so nice this weekend. It is finally starting to feel like Spring. Yesterday I went for a nice run outside and Josh worked on our yard the entire day. He is prepping our backyard for a big garden. I can’t wait to grow our own vegetables and herbs. This is our first Spring as home owners. We really don’t know what we are doing when it comes to gardening, but we are hoping to acquire at least one green thumb:)

I have always enjoyed angel food cake. It is light, fluffy, and goes so well with fruit. I think it is the perfect dessert for Spring. I recently made angel food cupcakes and they were amazing!

They may look plain and not very decadent for a dessert, but sometimes it is nice to have a light treat. I loved the lemon zest in these cupcakes. I was going to make the lemon glaze, but I think they were perfect by themselves. I served them with a blackberry on top to add to the already adorable cupcakes!

If you are looking for a Spring dessert, look no further. These cupcakes are perfect! Happy Spring everyone!

Oh, and a quick congrats to my brother and sister in law! They had their baby yesterday! Little Ramona is so adorable. Unfortunately, they are many miles away so we have only seen pictures, but don’t worry I will still be the favorite auntie from afar:)

Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Cook Time: 16-18 minutes

Light and fluffy angel food cupcakes with a hint of lemon.


3/4 cup superfine sugar, divided
1/2 cup sifted cake flour
5 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one lemon

Lemon Glaze (optional)

Confectioner's Sugar
Fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
2. In a small bowl, sift together cake flour and 1/4 cup superfine sugar.
3. In a large bowl, beat room-temperature egg whites until foamy, then add in cream of tartar and salt. Gradually add in the remaining 1/2 cup of superfine sugar while the mixer is on high speed, beating the egg whites to soft peaks.With a rubber spatula add in the vanilla and lemon zest, do this very gently!
4. Fold in flour mixture, adding it in two or three additions.
5. Divide evenly into prepared muffin tins. Fill them pretty full.
6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until golden brown. The tops will spring back when lightly touched.
7. Cool on a wire rack.

To make the lemon glaze:

Combine confectioners sugar with lemon juice. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle on top of cooled cupcakes.

Recipe from Baking Bites

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71 Responses to “Recipe for Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes”

  1. VeggieGirl — April 19, 2009 @ 7:06 am

    Horay for nice weather!! It’s been beautiful here too (finally!!).

    Angel Food Cake is such a delightful dessert – love that you made it in cupcake form!!

  2. teresa — April 19, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    Mmmm, I love angel food cake, but I’ve never had a lemon one, happy spring to you!

  3. Steph — April 19, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    Growing your own vegetables and herbs is so much fun! We used to do that, but the raccoons started getting to everything. I don’t have a tube pan so I’ve never made angel food cake before.. well I did, but that was a long time ago and it was a failure. I’m going to try it in cupcake form now!

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums — April 19, 2009 @ 7:43 am

    A real delight! They are so pretty!



  5. Cristine — April 19, 2009 @ 7:49 am

    Those look so yummy!!!

    Congrats to the new auntie!

  6. Bunny — April 19, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    Angel food cake is great in any form, the cupcakes are adorable!

  7. Snooky doodle — April 19, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    oh these look so so good! Wish to tr angel food cupcakes look dreamy .

  8. Cynthia — April 19, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    The cake is not only angelic but also fluffy and light.

  9. Dawn — April 19, 2009 @ 10:02 am

    oh that sounds good to put it in cupcake form. and I think lemon should be a staple in angel food cake, seriously.

  10. Mindy — April 19, 2009 @ 11:51 am

    Those cupcakes look yummy! Good luck with the garden. That’s one thing I miss about living in a city in France…no garden space. We’ll be returning to our house in the US in July, and I don’t think we’ll be able to start growing anything that late. :-( Oh well, there’s always next year!

  11. Erica — April 19, 2009 @ 11:59 am

    You’re feeling better!!! Hooray! I am so glad you got some exercise and baking in- I know you must be SO happy! I am a huge fan of light desserts and these sound perfect to me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Natashya — April 19, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    I love a light and fluffy cupcake – these sound divine!

  13. 5 Star Foodie — April 19, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    Angel food cupcakes sound delicious – what a great idea!

  14. Pearl — April 19, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

    oh my gosh – CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR BROTHER! if Ramona is related to you, then she must be absolutely gorgeous.

  15. Sara — April 19, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    These sound great and so springy! I love how light and fluffy angel food cake is.

  16. Balance, Joy and Delicias! — April 19, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    these are so cute and puffy!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Love it!

  17. Amanda — April 19, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

    Maria these are beautiful! I just love how pretty they look. I’m an angel food cake fan too, love it with a little lemon curd :)

    I’m starting my first garden this year too, so we can wish each other luck together. I started reading Lasagna Gardening today after checking it out from the library a week or so ago. Great ideas and I think it sounds pretty darn easy! Even started my own gardening blog to keep up with my new adventure :)

  18. Maria — April 19, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    Thanks everyone! I will need your garden tips as the spring/summer moves along!
    These are really so good. Nice and light and lots you can do with them! Enjoy my friends!

  19. Aggie — April 19, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

    I love angel food cake…these cupcakes are adorable! Glad you are finally able to get that garden going. This is my first year with a “big” garden…good luck to both of us! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Monica H — April 19, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    I just made angel food cake, but it was topped with chocolate!

    Love the last photo.

  21. Heather — April 19, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    those look gorgeous! the blackberries are so big and plump!! and your cake stand is SO adorable!

  22. ttfn300 — April 19, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

    so dainty :) and love the blackberry addition!

  23. Pamela — April 19, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

    Angel Food is so great because it’s nice and light and low in fat. The lemon additions makes it sound very alluring to me.

  24. Dragon — April 19, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

    I’m so jealous. I would love to have a big garden too. :) These cupcakes are divine!

  25. Reeniโ™ฅ — April 19, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family! The cupcakes look light and divine-the perfect little treat!

  26. Di — April 19, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

    What a great idea. I never think to make cupcakes out of angel food cake. And this would be a great way to use up some of the egg whites in my freezer!

  27. Donna-FFW — April 19, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

    The cupcakes look lovely, perfect for spring.

  28. Meg — April 19, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

    What a delicious and light Spring dessert!

  29. Ingrid — April 19, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

    Congrats on the new niece! So, you plan on send her some of your yummy baked goodies to stay her fave auntie? :)

    I’m not crazy about plan angel food cake. My children like it but I find it bland maybe the lemon in yours will win me over.

    Terrific photo.

  30. Elyse — April 19, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

    Awww, congrats, Auntie! You should post a few pics of baby Ramona!! And congrants on prepping for your first gardening experience. I think it’s quite exciting to cultivate a garden in your very own yard of your very own home. And, in other news, these angel food cupcakes look awesome! A perfect light and spring-time-y treat!

  31. Mary Ann — April 19, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    It just so happens that I have 5 egg whites in my fridge right now and I wanted to do angel food cake but didn’t have enough. This is the perfect solution. They look beautiful. Great pictures!

  32. Barbara Bakes — April 19, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

    Great idea to make them in individual servings. I wonder if they would freeze well?

  33. Manggy — April 19, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

    How cute!! The drizzle is a great idea– I do like AFC with sweetened whipped cream too :)

  34. pinkstripes — April 20, 2009 @ 4:32 am

    Your cupcakes look light and delicious. Perfect for spring! I hope you’re feeling better!

  35. Meghan — April 20, 2009 @ 5:01 am

    The pictures are so pretty!! I can’t wait until we have a home so we can plant a garden. And congrats on your new niece!!

  36. Veron — April 20, 2009 @ 5:03 am

    I love angel food cake..with strawberry and whipped cream…YUM!

  37. Grace — April 20, 2009 @ 6:14 am

    i think angel food cake is one of the best summertime desserts, and i’m really enjoying the massive blackberries atop your beauties. lovely, maria. :)

  38. kat — April 20, 2009 @ 6:57 am

    beautiful cupcakes. We are trying our hand at the whole vegetable garden thing this year too…hope to have a bumper crop of tomatoes to can

  39. chocolatecup — April 20, 2009 @ 7:10 am


  40. Cathy — April 20, 2009 @ 7:30 am

    These look FABULOUS, and I am definitely ready for some lighter desserts. How gorgeous are those photos? I am so glad that you all finally had some good weather and got to enjoy it!