With a light, airy crumb and snow-white appearance, angel food cake makes for a fine cupcake choice. Serve them for a birthday, bridal shower or baby shower. Since angel food cupcakes are lighter and airier than traditional cupcakes, they deserve a lighter touch with the frosting as well. Instead of loading them down with buttercream, look for an alternative.
Whipped cream frosting consists simply of heavy whipping cream and sugar beaten together until stiff. You can add flavorings such as vanilla or lemon or even chocolate to the frosting -- and you can also add a few drops of food coloring to tint the frosting any shade you choose. Garnish if you like with fresh berries or edible flowers.
Mascarpone is a soft, spreadable, rich Italian cheese often used in dessert making. Frosting made with mascarpone is essentially a lighter version of the classic cream cheese frosting -- making it a good match for the light texture of angel food cake. It consists of mascarpone, cream and powdered sugar whipped together. Garnish with colored sugar or coconut shavings.
Seven-minute frosting is made of egg whites and sugar plus a touch of vanilla. It turns out light and fluffy in texture, with the beaten whites providing volume. It's also not as sweet as many other frostings. Both of these qualities make it a good match for angel food cake. Like angel food cake itself, seven-minute frosting is dairy free. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa or fresh berries.
Cream, powdered sugar and melted marshmallows combine to make a frosting highly compatible with angel food cake thanks to its pure white color and not-too-sweet taste. marshmallow frosting is a bit thicker than whipped cream frosting but still lighter than buttercream in texture. Top with a single mini-marshmallow.
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