Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Light summer time treat....

Since we had been gone for some time, I didn't have any treats on hand or in the freezer. I wanted to bake some treats that were somewhat light, summery and a bit different.

Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes are individual tender cakes that are light as air with a luscious buttery lemon icing. These are made pretty much the same way as other angel food cakes, but are baked in muffin papers instead of a tube pan. The addition of fresh lemon zest in the batter brightens up the delicate flavor and takes these from ho-hum to oh-yum!

You may notice that when you fill the papers that it seems to be overfilled some - the original recipe called for 16 servings, but I think 12 is a better fit. I also noticed that instead of spreading out like some cupcakes or muffins might do, mine baked straight up like a souffle and slightly deflated as they cooled. While a large cake is always nice, these smaller sized cupcakes are just the right size for a treat at a summer picnic or barbeque. The icing is pretty sweet and I think I would try to cut the sweetness with a dash of popcorn salt next time. I use that salt because it dissolves better and won't leave the frosting grainy. I garnished these with some edible flowers.


  1. You and I are on the same wave length with our cooking these days. I made these cupcakes this weekend and posted about them on the Paper Palate today. I also determined yesterday that I was making the mac and cheese in the new cooking light mag, you must have gotten yours before me.
    I guess great minds think alike.

  2. mmmmmmmmm! I can't wait to make these.

  3. Your cupcakes are very cute! I could just eat one now...

  4. those are so pretty! and anything with lemon is in my top 5 favourite. i will have to try these someday, edible flowers are pretty expensive here but they obviously add something special :)

  5. Hey those edible flower looks like orchid which is our national flower...where did you get them in America?

    Very nice and yummy - I'm drooling already :P

  6. These are so light and delicious looking. I like how you decorated it with the flower. I am going to bookmark this!

  7. very pretty - I'm sure they're as tasty as they look.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh wow - these look fab! You should hop over to The Bakingsheet and enter this photo in "Does My Blog Look Good In This?" Cause it sure does!

  9. Those are just gorgeous! I love cupcakes decorated with flowers!

  10. Heather - I guess! I'll have to go look at them!

    Linda - Yeah! They didn't seem to last long!

    Rosa - Thank you! I wish I could have sent one to you!

    Catesa - I love our lemon tree!

    Shionge - I found them in a local upscale market

    Camera - Let mne know if you try them out!

    Ruth - Thanks!

    Di's Kitchen - I may just have to do that, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    Ivonne - Thank you!

  11. I love cupcakes, and I love lemony desserts, but I've never made lemony cupcakes. Perhaps it's time to remedy that! These look just wonderful!