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Orange Angel Food Cupcakes With Chocolate Orange Buttercream For Fiesta Friday #45

Angel Food Cupcake With Chocolate Orange buttercream

Angel Food Cupcake With Chocolate Orange buttercream

Tis the season for Holiday parties, potlucks and scratching my head wondering what to bring. This Sunday is my Block Association pot luck Holiday party and my neighbors  usually request dessert. This year I decided to make angel food cupcakes, light as a feather and flavored with orange, so seasonal right? The frosting is a chocolate orange buttercream and for just a little more orange I spread just a touch of orange marmalade on top of the cupcake before icing.  Because I have two parties I made a double batch and am bringing them to Fiesta Friday #45. Hard to believe this party has been happening 45 weeks, and it’s still going strong thanks to the amazing Angie@the novice gardener and as always there are amazing co hosts helping out and this week we have two fantastic co hosts Michelle@giraffes can bake andMB @Bourbon & Brown Sugar. Thank you for hosting and co hosting and I hope you like these cupcakes.

Cupcakes:

Makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/4 cup egg whites at room temperature

1 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp orange zest

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup cake flour

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1/2 tsp salt

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 a large bowl, combine the egg whites with the salt, orange zest and cream of tartar and beat 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.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups filling to the top. Bake for 15 minutes (checking on them starting at 13 minutes), shifting the pan from front to back, until the cupcakes are springy and golden. Transfer the cupcakes to a rack to cool. It’s important to use the foil lined they are more substantial and will hold up when the cupcakes start expanding. This recipe is from Grace Parisi and she says’ to set them on a baking sheet rather than in muffin tins.
The Buttercream:

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70%) broken into small pieces

1 tsp 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

Place chocolate and orange zest in microwave safe bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave another 30 seconds, it may need another 30 seconds to melt. Stir until all the chocolate is melted set aside to cool.

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 3-5 minutes. Transfer the bowl to the mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture on medium-high until cooled, about 15 minutes.

Add the butter a piece at a time beating continuously until its all added, now add the cooled chocolate and beat until combined. Use immediately.

Spread a thin layer of the marmalade on top of the cupcake, pipe some of the chocolate buttercream in the middle. Enjoy!

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121 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love the combination with the light cupcakes and rich buttercream. Orange marmelade adds a wonderful tart flavor to almost any chocolate desert. I might just have to make these cupcakes, they have to wait for the next party because I already made my country pâté for tomorrow’s boat party.

    December 5, 2014
    • I would love to try your country pate, has me wishing for some with cornichon. These cupcakes are very light and although rich a swiss meringue buttercream is light also and is great with the angel food cake. Thank you so much.

      December 5, 2014
  2. I don’t make cupcakes but these look wonderful!

    December 5, 2014
    • Thanks Mimi, I like bringing these to parties, people can grab, no need to cut a cake it’s easier. These are so light, really good. Thanks so much.

      December 5, 2014
  3. Gorgeous! I have never made angel food cake even though it is one of my husband’s favorites! I will definitely give these a try!

    December 5, 2014
    • They are so easy Julie, hope you do make them. They are delicious. Thank you so much.

      December 5, 2014
  4. Nice cupcakes Suzanne; I know your neighbors will love them. Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂

    December 5, 2014
  5. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    Orange Angel Food cupcakes??? I’ve never been so lucky to try one – am flying over to make it in time for your neighborhood block party, Suzanne, save one for me in case I am late! 🙂

    December 5, 2014
    • Putting one aside with your name on it LOL, thanks so much Shashi.

      December 5, 2014
  6. Love Orange and Chocolate together Suzanne…Yummy!!! 🙂

    December 5, 2014
  7. These look so divine. I love the idea of a really light cupcake with rich buttercream… Have fun at your parties!

    December 5, 2014
    • Thank you, yes super light and the frosting is so rich and creamy it’s a really nice combination.

      December 5, 2014
  8. Angle food was my favorite cake. This combination sounds positively rapturous! ❤ Hugs.

    December 5, 2014
    • Thanks Teagan, I also love angel food and also Chiffon cake, my two faves.

      December 5, 2014
  9. Fantastic recipe and yummy cupcakes :).

    December 5, 2014
  10. skd #

    I have never tried making orange flavored cakes. The fragrance of the orange zest in the cakes must be so refreshing 🙂

    December 5, 2014
    • It’s really nice, I love citrus fragrance in cakes. Thanks so much.

      December 5, 2014
  11. Orange and chocolate work so well together. Looks wonderful! 🙂

    December 5, 2014
  12. This buttercream sounds like perfection, Suzanne…especially atop angel food! I bet that bit of orange marmalade added just enough extra zing to send these little beauties over the top. 🙂 Delicious recipe.

    December 5, 2014
    • Thanks Nancy, yes that little smear of marmalade gave it that extra hint of orange that was perfect with the cake and chocolate buttercream. These really are one of my favorite cupcakes. Thanks again.

      December 5, 2014
  13. Hi Suzanne, love angle food cake, these look amazing, the buttercream looks perfect!

    December 5, 2014
  14. Liz #

    like indeed 🙂 These are fantastic, Suzanne. Perfect combination of light-as-a-feather angel food and CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM. Enjoy your parties!

    December 5, 2014
    • Thanks Liz, I really love these cupcakes. They are so light it’s easy to eat more than one. LOL.

      December 5, 2014
  15. In a word…yum! I sure like what you do and how you do it!

    December 5, 2014
  16. You must have had me in mind when you made these, because chocolate orange is my absolute favourite flavour combo! I’ve never made angel food cake before though, it’s been on my list for a long time but for some reason I’ve not got around to it yet. But angel food cupcakes? That’s right up my street, going to try these soon!

    Thanks for bringing them along to Fiesta Friday, I’m just going to smuggle a few away in my pockets 😉

    December 5, 2014
    • Isn’t it the best, love chocolate and orange. Thanks Michelle and thank you for co hosting this week. This will be a delicious and fun party.

      December 5, 2014
  17. They do look SO light, and I love your idea of using a bit of marmalade. Yum!

    December 5, 2014
  18. Wow cupcakes looks crazy good And my favorite combo in frosting – yummmmilicious. ….

    December 5, 2014
  19. One of my most favourite flavour combos, Suzanne! I’ll be hovering beside your plate tonight! 😀

    December 5, 2014
  20. These look delicious – Angel food cake is one of my favorites but have never made cupcakes using that recipe – AND how clever to add orange marmalade to intensify the orange flavor – this is a must try!

    December 5, 2014
  21. These cupcakes look beautiful! Chocolate orange buttercream???? YUM! So keeping this recipe!

    December 5, 2014
  22. Ohh! I’ll take one, please! Looks delish 😉

    December 5, 2014
  23. You’ve done it again! These cupcakes look mouthwatering good!!!

    December 5, 2014
  24. They look delicious Suzanne! I love cup cakes! When my kids were younger they wanted me to make them all the time! 🙂

    December 5, 2014
    • Thanks Michael, yes kids love cupcakes, but then so do most adults too!!!

      December 5, 2014
  25. chocolate-orange, yum!

    December 6, 2014
  26. Wow these are so pretty Suzanne! Angel food cupcakes are such a wonderful idea. I haven’t had angel food cake in forever. Topped with that orange chocolate icing sounds really mouthwatering. I have to admit, cupcakes are my ALLTIME favorite dessert. (After the classic tiramisu). There is just something about having a handheld cake in your hand with gobs of sweet icing on top. Seriously, I could eat 4-5 easily at once, haha!

    December 6, 2014
    • I totally agree, there is something magical about a cupcake. Your own personal little cake robbed with frosting, oh I could eat more than one of them myself. Especially these little cakes they are so light. Thanks Brandi.

      December 6, 2014
  27. Your block sounds like a great community. I hope you enjoy the parties, your fellow guests are lucky as they get to sample these delicious cupcakes. 😉

    December 6, 2014
    • Thanks so much. I love where I live and my block. I have great neighbors.

      December 6, 2014
  28. I LOVE these cupcakes! Amazing, I adore chocolate orange so that buttercream is calling my name! Bookmarking, thanks for sharing Suzanne! 😀

    December 6, 2014
    • Thanks so much Jessica.If you make I hope you like it. Totally agree about the chocolate and orange combo.

      December 6, 2014
  29. Why can’t you blasted foodies do something with brussel sprouts, swede or tripe instead of things which are going to make me dribble saliva all over my knees and expand my waistline by osmosis?
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    December 6, 2014
    • You make me laugh my dear David. Next time at your request I will concentrate on recipes that will shrink rather than expand the waistline. Tripe, hmmmm….. don’t think I will touch that one. You are too funny and kind. Thank you.

      December 6, 2014
  30. Indeed delectable cupcakes. What I like so much is the hidden marmalade under the not-a-stingy-amount of buttercream. 😛

    December 6, 2014
    • LOL, yes the marmalade is a lovely surprise and one thing you can say is that I am not stingy when it comes to the frosting. Thanks so much Fae.

      December 7, 2014
  31. Orange and Chocolate are a perfect combination for these yummy cupcakes, Suzanne 🙂

    December 7, 2014
  32. I bet my children would fall in love with these 🙂

    December 7, 2014
    • The kids loved these. I bet they would like them. Thank you so much Laila!

      December 7, 2014
  33. I love the idea of an angel food cupcake, Suzanne!!!! Wow!

    December 7, 2014
    • I do too thanks Em, they are so light. Really nice contrast to the rich frosting.

      December 7, 2014
  34. Ahh Suzanne… wish I was coming along to your pot luck Holiday Party! These look so very delicious… and being so light as a feather, I can imagine it would be hard to stop at just one!

    December 7, 2014
    • Thanks Margot, just got back from the potluck, won’t believe it but had someone help me carry the cupcakes and they dropped them, every one was ruined, no one got to eat any of them, I was devastated. It was a wonderful party though, we had a great time.

      December 7, 2014
      • OH NO!!!!! That’s so heartbreaking to hear Suzanne. At the very least, it was lovely for all your blogging friends to be able to eat them with their eyes, as they looked perfect on your post! Pleased you had a wonderful time nevertheless! M.xx

        December 7, 2014
      • All I could do was stare in disbelief, the cupcakes were all upside down, the frosting plastered all over the container they were in, I just took them back home. I couldn’t serve them like that. So I have a dozen messed up cupcakes here that I will have to somehow re work into a dessert.they are too messy to serve as a cupcake.

        December 7, 2014
  35. You can’t beat cupcakes! They are always a winner. These look wonderful

    December 8, 2014
  36. That frosting looks heavenly!

    December 8, 2014
  37. I love the orange and chocolate flavor combination! And the angel food type of cupcake sounds wonderful!

    December 8, 2014
  38. These are beauties!!

    December 9, 2014
  39. oghhhh….. these cupcakes makes my stomach growling… i love the recipe!

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

    December 9, 2014
  40. You can’t bring cupcakes around me and expect me not to want to eat these lol. These look absolutely amazing Suzanne.

    December 9, 2014
    • Thank you so much, yes I am the same way. Something about a cupcake just has to be devoured immediately.

      December 9, 2014
  41. You know I can’t say no to some chocolate buttercream… I’d just eat this with a spoon like a bad girl. Major yum happening here lady!

    December 9, 2014
    • Thanks Pamela, me too, Spoon, big bowl of frosting, and I am in heaven. Thank you so much.

      December 9, 2014
  42. This is fabulous! Never made angel food cake but heard a loot about them. Its supposed to be spongy soft huh? I am loving the frosting u made. Looks soo tempting. Im sure the cake n frosting wil be a winner combi. 🙂

    December 9, 2014
    • It’s a great combination Sadia. The cake is light and the frosting rich and creamy. It’s delicious together. Thank you so much.

      December 9, 2014
  43. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook #

    These look AMAZING!!!! And the topping is swirled on perfectly, it’s impossible to look at this and not get hungry! 🙂

    December 9, 2014
  44. These look absolutely delightful and delicious! I’m very partial to the orange/chocolate combination…. 🙂

    December 9, 2014
  45. Hey Suzanne– hope the block party was tons of fun! and I love the idea of the marmalade on the cupcakes– with chocolate!! perfect.

    December 10, 2014
    • Thanks Rhonda, yes the party was great. We all had a nice time. Thank you so much.

      December 10, 2014
      • Glad to hear it Suzanne –after your rained out block party!!

        December 13, 2014
  46. OMG!! they looks so so YUMMY!! I am totally loving the orangey flavour… The chocolate orange frosting is top notch!! 🙂

    December 10, 2014
  47. I adore the orange and chocolate combination! One of my favorites!

    December 10, 2014
  48. Love your cupcakes looks super yum

    December 11, 2014
  49. Not only are these a delicious sounding cupcake, Suzanne…but they’re absolutely gorgeous. There are some things that I just cannot stop at one, and I have a very strong feeling that these cupcakes would be one of them. I love how you spread them with marmalade before you frosted them. And how do you get your frosting to pipe on so beautifully? They’re perfect. ❤

    December 11, 2014
    • Awww thanks Prudy. I am a cupcake fiend, can’t think of a better word. Anyway I love cupcakes these are dangerous because they are so light. I used a piping bag fitted only with the plastic piece you attach the tip to and it piped really well. I’m not good at decorating so for me it’s really great when something turns out well, it happens about 50% of the time. LOL!!

      December 11, 2014
    • I’m having friends over this coming Saturday, and I think I’m going to make these. If your ears are ringing that night, that’s because I’ll totally be singing your praises. I’ll try your piping idea. Much love to you. ❤

      December 11, 2014
      • Oh excited and nervous. Let me know how it goes. Thank you so much.

        December 11, 2014
      • Haha! I know, right? Why do we feel nervous when someone is going to try a recipe that we have made and its been a success?

        They are going to be fabulous. Theyre your recipe. I have all the faith in your culinary skills and wisdom. ❤️

        December 11, 2014
      • I’m really insecure, always have been and probably always will be. I never think that people will like my recipes. I know you will enjoy these cupcakes they really did taste delicious. Let me know how it goes, I will be biting my nails.

        December 11, 2014
      • Lol. Ok. I will put your mind at ease as soon as i take the first bite!! ❤️

        December 11, 2014
      • :o)

        December 11, 2014
  50. Orange and chocolate sounds as an amazing combo. I bet they make your winter days cozier, am I wrong? And the smell??? Must be heavenly! Have a nice weekend Suzanne!

    December 11, 2014
    • It really is a nice flavor profile for winter, citrus/orange being seasonal and well chocolate knows no season it is always good. The smell of both is truly heavenly, thank you so much.

      December 12, 2014
  51. I can say first how how good these cupcakes are! The perfect treat to bring to any party.

    December 13, 2014
    • Thanks Susan, I love bringing cupcakes and cookies to parties, they are portable and perfectly portioned. LOL, thank you.

      December 13, 2014
  52. That frosting looks seriously heavenly Suzanne… like whipped chocolate mousse! Yum. I love the addition of the orange zest xx

    December 14, 2014
    • The frosting is smooth and creamy and really delicious. It’s like silk. Thank you so much Laura.

      December 14, 2014
  53. Fig & Quince #

    I’m so bummed that schedule conflict kept me away from our neighborhood party and tasting these delicious looking cupcakes for myself. They look mouthwatering!

    December 14, 2014
    • Well you were understandably very busy with your awesome adventures. I can’t believe you were featured in NYT’s fantastic. Anyway, thank you but the cupcakes were not served. they were accidentally jostled (turned upside down) and ruined, could not serve them like that, it looked really horrible. The party was so much fun, missed seeing you.

      December 14, 2014
  54. petra08 #

    I am not much for cup cakes but oh, your chocolate and orange buttercream looks delicious! I would happily have one right now, and then, well perhaps just one more! 🙂

    December 14, 2014
    • The cupcakes are so light I think even someone who is not a cupcake lover might just like them Thanks Petra.

      December 14, 2014
  55. These look and sound beautiful. I like the subtle addition of the marmalade layer before the buttercream goes on top. A very nice addition to any block party for sure!

    December 14, 2014
    • Thank you so much, they are a nice light cupcake with the subtlest hint of orange.

      December 14, 2014

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