Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Angel Food Surprise Cupcakes

We had a wonderful Easter dinner at my sister's this year & it was topped off by an angel food cake made by her mother-in-law, Penny. It was beautiful & light, covered with a whip cream frosting. But the best part was the surprise in the middle. She has cut it into two layers & sprinkled crushed Heath bars in between the layers then added more frosting to hold the layers together. I like it so much I wanted to try making a cupcake version.
Mini Angel Food Cakes
Instead of cutting the cupcakes into layers I decided to cook the candy right into them. This meant the chocolate & the smaller pieces of toffee melted creating a layer in the middle. The bigger pieces of toffee stayed crunchy. Next time I might leave more in bigger chunks. These cupcakes shrink quite a bit when cooling (does angel food always do this?) making them a perfect 2 - 3 bite treat.

Angel Food Surprise Cupcakes
(adapted from Small Batch Baking)

2 T + 2 t all-purpose flour
1 t cornstarch
4 T superfine sugar (or granulated sugar ground fine in a food processor)
pinch of nutmeg
2 large egg white, at room temp
pinch of salt
1/4 t vanilla extract
1/4 t cream of tartar
5 - 6 t chopped chocolate covered toffee candy (Heath, Skor, Daim)
Whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix the flour, cornstarch, sugar & nutmeg together & set aside.

Put the egg whites, salt & vanilla in a small mixing bowl. Beat on medium until frothy. Add the cream of tartar & beat until soft peaks form. While the mixer is still running slowly add the sugar. Beat on high until stiff peaks are formed. Fold in half of the flour mixture. Once incorporated fold in the second half.

Fill five 1/2 cup muffin tins half full with the batter (you can line the muffin tins with paper cups or leave plain & loosen the backed cupcakes with the help of a sharp knife). Sprinkle the chopped candy on top of the batter. Top off with the remaining batter, completely covering the candy.

Bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes drape a piece of tin foil lightly over the cupcakes. Bake for another 8 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden brown & spring back when pressed lightly in the middle. Cool cupcakes on a rack. The cupcakes will probably shrink up a bit but don't worry they still taste good.

Top with whipped cream.

Makes 5 cupcakes.

Double fisting
The Easter cake was a hit with the little ones, especially with a cupcake chaser.

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15 comments:

Michelle said...

OH wow! Such light and fluffy cupcakes! Gorgeous photos!

Tangled Noodle said...

The young gent knows exactly how to enjoy dessert! These cupcakes look light but the promise of melted chocolate and toffee in the center puts them just on this side of decadent. 8-)

Natalie said...

mmm looks so good!

Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

Those cupcakes are extremely cute, Kat! :)

Ben said...

This year I've cut back a lot in desserts, sweets and baked goods, but this is a dessert I'd love to try. Angel food cake is one of my favorite cakes for many reasons.

Justin said...

candy in the middle? very nice.

Joanne said...

These are so cute and fluffy! I have a feeling angel food does always shrink, but I can't remember where I heard that...

Pam said...

I bet those cupcakes are delicious! Very light and inviting! Yum!

Sippity Sup said...

Ahhh, A Cupcake Chaser... GREG

grace said...

angel food cake is good but it needs help reaching 'decadent' status. these have definitely obtained that status. and what a cute kid. :)

EAT! said...

Love angel food cake, but these are even better than cake alone.

Now I know what I am going to make tomorrow.

Lori said...

Maybe that is why people hang it over a bttle after it comes out. THe last time I made angel food cake it was a disaster. I have not made it from scratch since. I think you did a great job- love the layer of candy.

Lori said...

I love angle food cake, the hubs isn't a fan though. However, with a recipe like this I could just eat them all myself. Well, okay, perhaps over a few days, but at least it's not a dozen! :)

Deborah said...

That sounds like my kind of surprise!

sewa mobil di surabaya said...

This is the most delicious looking cake I have seen in a LONG time.

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