Tis the end of Chocolate Week. This is also the last recipe that I will make for my husband--- just kidding, he is always in my food preparation thoughts. But, this is one that I made specifically for him.
I did not intend to make cupcakes today. I meant to make an angel food cake. And I did. Two of them. Neither one worked out. But I do not give up. I decided that smaller cakes must be easier. And they were!
Enjoy these with your sweethearts without feeling the guilt! They are moist, light, and fluffy!
Chocolate Angel Food Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting
Makes 36 cupcakes
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa- Dutch preferably
2 cups egg whites
1 1/4 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, and powdered sugar. Set aside. In a large clean bowl, add egg whites (at room temperature preferably), making sure that no yolks contaminate your whites. Add cream of tarter, salt, and vanilla. With a handheld mixer on high speed, beat egg mixture until stiff peaks form (be patient!). Slowly add granulated sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, until thoroughly mixed and batter is fluffy.
Using a spatula, slowly fold in flour mixture to egg sugar mixture, 1/8 cup at a time. Continue to fold until all flour mixture is combined.
Line baking cups with liners. Add batter to cups, filling each full to the brim. Bake for ~20 minutes, until a toothpick is pulled out clean from the center of each cupcake.
Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from cups.
2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup strong coffee
2 Tbsp finely ground coffee
1/4 cup butter, creamed
1/2 tsp vanilla
Sift together powdered sugar and cocoa. Slowly add mixture to creamed butter and beat with electric mixer until combined. Add coffee and vanilla. Continue to mix. Fold in coffee grounds.
Spread frosting lightly over cooled cupcakes.
Nutrition Info per 1 cupcake with frosting: 95 calories, 1 g fat, 2 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates