Recipe for Angel Food Cupcakes with Kahlua Mocha Frosting and Candied Almonds
What was the cake or dessert that you always chose, or still choose, for your birthday or special meal? When I was growing up, my all-time favorite birthday dessert was an Angel Food Cake with a Chocolatey/Kahlua Frosting and then sprinkled all over with candied almonds.
I’ve queried my mom as to the origins of this cake and she doesn’t quite remember the specifics, but did let me in on a little family secret…my mom and grandma, who I’ve held as pillars of the ‘make it from scratch’ movement actually would buy the Angel Food Cake from the grocery store! I’m aghast and that’s just one of those dark little secrets I never needed to hear and yet, will never be able to un-hear.
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With my impending birthday, my tastebuds started tingling for that dessert but with mom out of the country it fell to Kate and I to whip it up. And… because I found these ‘oh so fancy’ cupcake holders a while back and haven’t had an opportunity to use them, my Angel Food Cake quickly morphed into Angel Food Cupcakes.
And while mom and grandma used Cool Whip back in the day, that is a food type which I just can’t let past my lips any more. In fact…if all desserts contained Cool Whip, weight would never be an issue. Cool Whip and regular M&M’s…they could sit on my counter day in and day out and I wouldn’t be tempted once. But I digress.
For ‘my’ version of ‘my special dessert’ I made a stabilized whipped cream frosting and added Kahlua and cocoa to get that flavor I remember so vividly.
Angel Food cake gets a bad rap in terms of being ‘difficult’ to make, but the cupcake form is much more forgiving…no need to hang the cake over a bottle for any length of time. And then there’s whole challenge of slicing the cake…no need to worry about that with a cupcake either.
That being said…feel free to go the cake route for this dessert…I think you’d just need to double the frosting.
I used a Wilton 1M Open Star Piping Tip to pipe the frosting on the cupcake.
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