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

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 ¼ 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 ½ 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.

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

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

  5. 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. πŸ™ Oh well, there’s always next year!

  6. 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 πŸ˜‰

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

  8. 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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

  9. 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!

  10. 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! πŸ˜‰

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

    Love the last photo.

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

  13. 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.

  14. I’m so jealous. I would love to have a big garden too. πŸ™‚ These cupcakes are divine!

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

  16. 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!

  17. Congrats on the new niece! So, you plan on send her some of your yummy baked goodies to stay her fave auntie? πŸ™‚

    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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

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

  21. How cute!! The drizzle is a great idea– I do like AFC with sweetened whipped cream too πŸ™‚

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

  23. 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!!

  24. 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. πŸ™‚

  25. 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

  26. 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!

  27. Angel food cake is one of my favorite cakes. Heck mom curses me every birthday when I ask for it.

    I like the cupcake idea but once again I would eat them all. So good…..

  28. The weather varies here. For a few days, it’s sunny and in the 60s. Then it’s rainy and in the 40s. Then 60s and sunny, etc.

    I tried growing a garden last year, but the squash failed. Then a rabbit ate one of my few jalapenos.

    I don’t understand angel food cupcakes. I know with regular angel food cake, you have to let it set upside down. Why don’t the cupcakes collapse? Hmmm

    You will be the best aunt ever. Just bake little Ramona lots of treats πŸ˜‰

  29. Angel food cake is such a weakness!! These look perfect for a springtime treat with the berries on top. Love it!

  30. We had wonderful weather too. Good luck with your garden – I am planting tomatoes this year and I am hoping I don’t kill them.

    The cupcakes look wonderful – light, fluffy and tasty.

  31. looks amazing!! so jealous that your going to have a garden… I need one too πŸ™‚ congrats on being an auntie!!!

  32. these are real beauties… and congratulations to your brother for the new angel… πŸ™‚

  33. We’re growing jalepenos and chili peppers! I forsee a lot of Mexican food in our future…

  34. Its been awful here πŸ™ It rains and shines…rains and shines. I cant wait for steady sunshine! But I dont care about the weather..I’m baking these soon πŸ™‚

  35. Angel Food Cake is delicious – I agree that it is perfect for spring! Especially since it is fat-free – great for those watching what they eat. Adding lemon sounds wonderful!

  36. OOO I can’t wait to have a big garden!! These cupcakes look perfectly light and tender! And congrats to your brother and sister-in-law!

  37. HA…I posted a very similar recipe over the weekend and the cupcakes were incredible. I love that you put a blackberry on the top and that cake server is so cute.

  38. Two of my favorite things, lemon and angel food cake!! I will be trying these soon. The orange rolls and black bean salsa also look SO good!!

  39. So cute. I’ve never seen an angel food cupcake before. I must try it out. I love cupcakes! I like the lemon zest.
    Congrats on the new baby!

  40. I love homemade angel food cake, it’s so much better than store bought. These look great!

  41. What lovely cupcakes – they really look perfect for spring! Good luck with your garden!

  42. These cupcakes look SO, SO good! I’m going to make them this week! Can’t wait to share them with friends! πŸ˜‰

  43. I love angel food cake but I’ve never thought of putting it into a cupcake form. Genius!

    Best of green thumb wishes for your new garden!

  44. Welcome baby Ramona : )

    And those angel food cupcakes look and sound delightful!

    Hope you’re having a great start to your week! : )

  45. Oh i’m trying these for sure! I have so many frozen egg whites in my freezer from all the recent twd recipes. Thanks for the recipe, they look yummy!

  46. Ohhh mmmm I just ate a chocolate guiness cupcake, and I wish I had one of these instead… πŸ˜€

  47. Oh, I’m not a huge fan of angel food, but maybe in cupcake form with lemon!

  48. Perfect! I saw you posted about these in the TWD comments. I’ve been wanting to make angel food cake but don’t have the pan. These are perfect! And with all those egg whites from TWD in the freezer…


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