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Chocolate-Coconut Angel Cupcakes

My guests are never satisfied with just one of these, but that's OK because they are so light. The meringue-like tops make them different, and the chocolate and coconut make them memorable. —Bernice Janowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 18 muffin cups with cupcake liners. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and 1 cup sugar twice.
  • Add almond extract, cream of tartar and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time. Gently fold in coconut.
  • Fill prepared cups two-thirds full. Bake until top appears dry, 30-35 minutes.
  • Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; cool completely. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 110 calories, 2g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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  • Lorilee61
    Sep 24, 2010

    The texture of this cupcake was hard to get past. However, my father was over the day I made these and he could just not get enough of them. He loved them!

  • bregen1
    Sep 22, 2009

    Substituting the 1 1/2 cups of sugar in this recipe with a product like Splenda cuts a whopping 55-60 calories off each muffin! Just adjust accordingly.