Sweet Light Angel Food Cupcakes with Meringue Icing
Total Time: 50mins
OK folks, hope you are all enjoying your Cinco De Mayo recipes, but I have not forgotten that Mother's Day in only a few short days. Why not make your Mom the sweetest, light and airy angel foods cupcake you'll ever taste!
For the cupcakes:
8egg whites from large egg whites(at room temperature)
1/4tspcream of tartar
For the meringue frosting
2egg whites from large eggs(at room temperature)
1 - 2drops pink food coloring
For the cupcakes:
Heat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a muffin tin with baking spray or line tin with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl whisk together the confectioner's sugar, cake flour, and salt.
In a large bowl mix the egg whites, water, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar.
Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, mix on low speed a few minutes until foamy, then turn the speed to medium and slowly add the granulated sugar in 1 tablespoon increments, very gradually over a period of three to four minutes.
When all the sugar has been added, turn the speed to high and beat for an additional three to five minutes, or until the mixture forms medium peaks. Don't beat until the mixture is extremely glossy and stiff; it should be modestly glossy, but the very tips of the peaks formed when you dip your finger in should flop over just a bit.
Add the dry ingredients in two installments; sift the dry ingredients through a fine mesh strainer, tapping them through and into the egg whites.
Fold carefully, do not over mix. Fold in the second half of the dry ingredients.
Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 18 minutes or until the tops are slightly golden.
Remove from the oven and cool completely before removing and icing.
For the icing:
Place the egg whites with the vanilla in the clean bowl of a stand mixer.
In a small, high-sided saucepan, whisk the water and sugar together. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for four to eight minutes, or until the syrup reaches 234°F on a candy thermometer.
While the sugar syrup is boiling, whip the egg whites on low speed until they form foamy peaks. When the syrup has reached the correct temperature, slowly drizzle it into the egg whites, turning the speed to medium-high as you do so. Continue to whip until the egg whites form stiff, glossy peaks.
Beat in the salt and food coloring until the mixture is an even, consistent shade of pink.