Orange Angel Food Cupcakes With Chocolate Orange Buttercream

January 18, 2012
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  • Makes A dozen jumbo cupcakes
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

What You'll Need
  • The Cupcakes
  • 1 1/4 cups egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 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. The Cupcakes
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  1. Chocolate Orange Buttercream
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. With mixer running add the butter a piece at a time beating constantly, now add the cooled chocolate beat to incorporate. Use immediately.
  5. Spread a thin layer of marmalade on top of cupcake, pipe some of the buttercream in the middle. Enjoy!
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I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking, I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando. I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.

13 Reviews

aargersi January 22, 2012
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!!!
Bevi January 19, 2012
What a spectacular photo. The layer of marmalade under the buttercream is genius.
TheWimpyVegetarian January 19, 2012
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!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 19, 2012
Well, technically so am I. Diet - shmiet ... :-)
Kukla January 18, 2012
A wonderful and clever idea sdebrango! The cupcakes look light, airy and sound delicious.
creamtea January 18, 2012
(groan) oh yum. I want.
EmilyC January 18, 2012
Yum -- I'm always on the lookout for good cupcake recipes and these look wonderful!
inpatskitchen January 18, 2012
There you go with my favorite orange and chocolate combo!!! And so grownup...just beautiful!!
boulangere January 18, 2012
Pat, is it your birthday! Happy, happy day to you!
inpatskitchen January 18, 2012
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)
arielleclementine January 18, 2012
these look insanely delicious!
boulangere January 18, 2012
I can't believe I never thought of AF cupcakes! Brilliant!
aargersi January 18, 2012
Holy cow do these ever sound tasty and they look GORGEOUS!!!