Chocolate Angel Food Cupcakes

"Once they taste these cupcakes, no one will believe that they are low in calories. Less than 50 calories a serving! Adopted from the RecipeZaar account."
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Ready In:
12 cupcakes




  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In small saucepan, stir cocoa and 1/3 cup water over low heat about 1 minute until mixture thickens and just begins to boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • In large bowl, with electric mixer at high speed, beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks from when beaters are lifted.
  • Add sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, beating well after each addition until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted.
  • Quickly add cocoa mixture and beat 20 seconds until just blended.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
  • Fold into egg white mixture, one fourth at a time.
  • Spray 12 regular muffin cups with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Divide batter evenly between muffin cups.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes until cupcakes begin to pull away from sides of pan.
  • Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Run a knife around edge of cupcakes to loosen.
  • Remove cupcakes and cool on wire rack.
  • Invert onto serving plate.
  • Garnish each with a little whipped cream and a strawberry, if desired.

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  1. Annas_Mom_Erin
    I am rating 4 stars because I changed a bit. I used cream of tartar beaten with the egg whites and baking soda with the flour. I did not spray the pan. They stuck a bit but came out ok. I just mixed the cocoa with the flour and folded it all in together. They were very tasty and I will be making them for my boy's 3rd birthday. Thanks for helping me stick to the diet!
  2. Belabean
    Quite tasty. I used ww pastry flour and regular unsweetened cocoa. And I doubled the recipe. Sure glad I did...they went very fast. Mine didn't fall. We topped them with a light vanilla frosting. It did increase the calories a bit but still each treat ended up being under 100 calories! Will make again!
  3. buttercup
    These cupcakes are great, especially for the low calories per serving (about 50 cals - I used a really great resource called Recipe Analyzer at!! I also used unsweetened cocoa powder and found that ey tasted sweet enough even when eaten plain. I didn't have baking powder, so I googled "baking powder substitute" and found one that involved baking soda and cream of tartar. I also didn't use the blender to blend in the rest of the ingredients beyond the first step after I formed the stiff egg white peaks the first time, but they turned out great anyway. I couldn't believe how light and fluffy they were, nor that a recipe with such simple ingredients came out at such a low cal count! The cupcakes did deflate a little bit as the other reviewers mentioned, but not very much. Also, I microwaved half of the batter in the plastic container that I used to mix the ingredients - it came out great that way, too! It actually resulted in a mini-cake with easier cleanup. I'll definitely be making these again and again.
  4. mmmagique
    Hi, I'm not going to rate this yet, because, erm...I haven't made them. But I did notice a lot of people said they were falling, and if I'm not mistaken, when you make angel food cake, you do not spray the pan; it needs to "climb" the pan. So, that may be what the problem is. I am definitely going to try this, though, it sounds great!!
  5. ABN3986
    I had REALLY high hopes for this. Maybe I under baked them and I am certainly willing to try again, but they did not have the texture of angel food cake. They were soggy, not springy. I'm willing to give it a second go tho as they were simple to prepare!


  1. Mysterygirl
    These are great. I love chocolate but I am sooo not into frosting, not to mention, I don't do sugar if I can help it. I subbed some unsweetened cocoa mixed with splenda for the sweetened cocoa powder (since that was all I had). Also, because a couple of people mentioned their falling, I baked mine just a tad longer. They came out just fine and make a great snack cake to bring in lunches to work.


Current (9/07) review criteria: 5: WOW! This is something with which to impress the guest! 4: We really liked this and will make it again. Instructions were easy to follow. 3: Good basic recipe but needs something to make it a 4 for us and/or there is a problem with instructions. 2: We didn't like the flavor/taste/texture and/or there is a major problem with the instructions. 1: Inedible for us.
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