Orange Angel Food Cupcakes With Chocolate Orange Buttercream

By • January 18, 2012 • 25 Comments


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Author Notes: I adapted Grace Parisi's recipe for angel food cupcakes to include the citrus and I adapted Martha Stewarts Chocolate Buttercream recipe which made way too much frosting. The pairing of orange and chocolate together is delicious. The citrus is undeniable and to gild the lily I spread some orange marmalade on top of the cupcake before frosting.sdebrango

Makes a dozen jumbo cupcakes

The Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cup egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Set 12 jumbo foil muffin cups on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the cake flour with the confectioners' sugar. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the egg whites with the salt, orange zest and cream of tartar and beat with whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the whites are firm and glossy. Sift the flour mixture over the egg whites in 2 additions, folding gently until incorporated.
  2. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups filling to the top. Bake for 15 minutes, checking the cupcakes starting at 13 minutes (ovens vary) shifting the pan from front to back, until the cupcakes are springy and golden. Transfer the cupcakes to a rack to cool

Chocolate Orange Buttercream

  • 6 ounces Bittersweet (70%) chocolate broken into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 egg whites from large eggs
  • 1/2 cup +2 tbs granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter cut into pieces at room temperature butter should be soft
  • orange marmalade to spread on top of cupcake
  1. Place chopped chocolate and orange zest in microwave and melt chocolate for 30 seconds, stir and microwave another 30 seconds, stir and if necessary microwave another 30 seconds until its melted.
  2. Combine sugar and egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water; whisk until the mixture feels hot to touch and the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Transfer the bowl to the mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture on medium-high until cooled, about 15 minutes.
  3. With mixer running add the butter a piece at a time beating constantly, now add the cooled chocolate beat to incorporate. Use immediately.
  4. Spread a thin layer of marmalade on top of cupcake, pipe some of the buttercream in the middle. Enjoy!

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about 2 years ago aargersi

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I made these yesterday - SO GOOD! I feel like a did magic making angelfood, and I have never made icing like that or piped anything before - an all around success! We ate some with lemon ice cream after dinner, and I sent the rest home with our guests for their kids. Success!!!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, oh I am so thrilled that you made them and that they were a success. Lemon ice cream would be amazing with them. Thank you for letting me know I am so happy!

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about 2 years ago Bevi

What a spectacular photo. The layer of marmalade under the buttercream is genius.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much Bevi, I lucked out with the photo, photographer I'm not. The citrus really shines in this recipe and its only intensified with the marmalade.

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about 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

And oh my, here's another fabulous recipe from you. They are absolutely beautiful!!! Wish I lived close enough to come by to be your taster!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much. They are really good. I wish you lived close also, I have no one to give them to. My daughter declined said she is on a diet.

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about 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Well, technically so am I. Diet - shmiet ... :-)

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about 2 years ago Kukla

A wonderful and clever idea sdebrango! The cupcakes look light, airy and sound delicious.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Kukla, they are very light and I love the orange both in the cake and frosting.

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about 2 years ago creamtea

(groan) oh yum. I want.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Wish you lived near I would drop some off. Thanks creamtea.

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about 2 years ago EmilyC

Yum -- I'm always on the lookout for good cupcake recipes and these look wonderful!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, so easy to make and if you are an angel food cake fan you will love these.

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

There you go with my favorite orange and chocolate combo!!! And so grownup...just beautiful!!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks Pat, one of my favorite combo's also. Your mention of the birthday cake inspired me. Happy Birthday.

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about 2 years ago boulangere

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Pat, is it your birthday! Happy, happy day to you!

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

No.. actually it's a few days before Christmas. I think sdebrango was either confusing me with someone else or referring to a discussion we had of her pecan banana bread recipe....But THANKS!( I always take belated anything LOL)

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Oh no, I am sorry. Maybe I dreamed it. I could swear I saw somewhere that I saw somewhere that it was your birthday, Anyway happy belated birthday to you!!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Mystery solved, I am so sorry Pat it was drbab's birthday and she made a chocolate and orange cake with the orange cardamom icecream. Information overload I apologize. I knew I read it and thought it was you. You always inspire me!

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about 2 years ago arielleclementine

these look insanely delicious!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much!

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about 2 years ago boulangere

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I can't believe I never thought of AF cupcakes! Brilliant!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, love angel food cupcakes much easier than cutting a cake and the serving size is perfect.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, they are delicious and I feel a little less indulgent eating angel food cake, won't mention all the butter in the frosting,

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about 2 years ago aargersi

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Holy cow do these ever sound tasty and they look GORGEOUS!!!