These cupcakes turned out light-as-air with a golden brown crust. I topped them with a swirling tower of my favorite cream cheese frosting. The orange adds the perfect amount of sass. And you’ll definitely want to lick the frosting bowl, which you should do by all means.
And who can resist a cupcake topped with bunny ears? Not a single soul.
ANGEL FOOD BUNNY CAKES
For the Angel Food Cupcakes
Adapted from Skinnytaste
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup cake flour, sifted (you can make cake flour out of all purpose)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 egg whites from large eggs, room temperature
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- zest of one orange
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin tins (I used circles of parchment paper since I ran out of regular liners). Whisk together the powdered sugar, cake flour, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, water, vanilla, and cream of tartar.
Using a hand mixer, beat the egg mixture for about two minutes. Add the white granulated sugar a tablespoon at a time until medium peaks form (about five minutes–maybe a touch longer). If you dab the beaters into the meringue and pull up, the peaks will hold and look nice and glossy.
Fold in the orange zest. Then sift the dry ingredients into the meringue in two batches, folding to incorporate each time. Be careful not to over mix! Spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter into each cupcake liner and bake for 18 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely before frosting.
For the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from Kraft Recipes
- 1 (8 oz. ) package of cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- zest from one orange
- 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
- 1 cup thawed whipped topping, like Cool Whip
Beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and creamy (about five minutes). Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the zest and orange juice. Fold in whipped topping. Put frosting in a ziploc bag and cut the tip and make a pile of frosting swirls on top of the cupcakes. Top with homemade paper bunny ears, if so desired!
I believe in brunch, as my overflowing Breakfast for Champions Pinterest board proves.
Below are some of my favorite Easter brunch recipes, which I think you will enjoy immensely: