cJane’s Mountainous Angel Food Cupcakes

My {every}morning routine
for the past 10 months:
5:45 a.m. Alarm buzzes
5:46 a.m. Snooze alarm
5:55 a.m. Alarm re-buzzes
5:56 a.m. Snooze alarm
6:05 a.m. Alarm re-re-buzzes
6:06 a.m. Turn off alarm
6:07 a.m. Wipe sand from eyes
6:08 a.m. Strap on eyeglasses
6:09 a.m. Place hand on saddlebags
(Still there. WHY can’t I rid myself of them by eating late-night-cookies?)
6:09.15 a.m. Feet on ground.
6:09.16 a.m. Walk the worn carpet path
6:09.26 a.m. Kerplunk saddlebags on wooden computer chair
(wooden chairs make me spend less time at computer. Hoping that will help the SB’s)
6:09.34 a.m. Loading….
6:09.44 a.m. Loading…
6:09.54 a.m. Here it comes….!
6:09.59 a.m. Yes! There she is…
6:10 a.m. cJane
6:10.01 a.m. Good.Morning.
NOW the yellow day can begin.

I couldn’t believe it. I’d emailed THE COURTNEY of cJaneRun with a teensy proposition. I would create a recipe inspired by her, and together we would unite blogs for one glorious day of frivoloscity. I couldn’t believe it, but there she was. Emailing back with a hearty hip-hip-hooray!
Not long afterwards, she posted a poll asking her readers to choose which of three offered recipes most fit her mojo, and within hours there was a knock-your-socks-off winner.
Mountainous Angel Food Cupcakes
with Burnt Butter Icing and
a Halo of Sugared Berries & Fresh Flowers.
Is it any wonder? Since discovering cJane (and her good Chup) in the middle of their selfless caring for dearest sister Stephanie’s children as she recovered from a nearly-fatal plane crash, I’d been mesmerized by her fierce loyalty to family. Her keen wit. Her storytelling abilities. Her storyweaving abilities. Her maternal musings (which so often speak the very heart of my unspeakable yearnings, though my own words could never capture it in the way she does.)
Therefore, it was with greatest pleasure that I invited a regular lass of a cupcake into my kitchen for a cJane celebration. It was time to show her just how much oomph some cJane could infuse into her style. Time to give that cuppie some spice. Time to share the ultimate cJane Recipe Extreme Makeover.
After all, the polls had spoken.
Without further adieu,
I give you…
cJane’s Mountainous Angel Food Cupcakes
complete with spice.spice.spice
I baked these three times. Partly to ensure the perfect proportions of ingredients (angel-food cake can be finicky). Mostly to sink and re-sink my teeth into the satisfying combination of textures and flavors offered by this addictiable combination. Just like their mama muse, cJane, these cupcakes boast colour, flavour, texture, style and….well…spice. Everything about them is irresistably cJane. (and perhaps a little bit of The Chief.)
Simply.Wondrously.Devour Worthy.
cJane Enjoy.
6 egg whites
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
a pinch of salt
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. butter flavoring
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
zest of one lemon
1 c. flour
Allow egg whites to warm to room temperature. (This helps them beat up ultra-fluffy). Using an electric mixer, whip eggs until soft peaks form. Add cream of tartar, baking powder, and salt then slowly add sugar while beating. The batter should now be a soft, fluffy meringue that with firmish peaks. Add remaining ingredients, slowly incorporating flour while continuing to beat. To keep from over-beating the batter, use your electric mixer just until the flour has disappeared into a pillowy batter, then spoon into prepared cupcake pans, filling 3/4 full. Bake in an oven preheated to 325 degrees for 16-18 minutes, or just until the center of the cupcakes bounce back when gently touched. Remove from oven. Allow to cool.
Burnt-Butter Icing
4 T. butter
1 1/2 c. mini marshmallows
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar
1-3 tsp. milk
In a medium saucepan, bring butter to a boil over extremely high heat. Do not stir. Allow butter to boil just until it takes on a medium brown hue (you want to burn it, not scorch it!). Once browned, immediately add marshmallows to the pan. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and 1 tsp. of the milk. Now start to whip it with your electric mixer. Just whip and whip (and stop to taste and adore.) Then whip and whip some more. Add milk as needed. The consistency should be thick, but spoonably soft. The flavor of fresh caramel on a vanilla fudge cloud. Place a heaping spoonful atop cooled cupcakes. Top immediately with fresh sugared berries.
Crystal Sugared Berries
Recipe & Directions can be found here.
P.S. For cJane’s cupcakes, I sugared blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and whole strawberries (cutting them causes them to weep, so be sure you leave them fresh & whole). In doing so, I discovered the indominatable joy that comes when the greens of the strawberry are sugar-crystallized. They become beautifully crisp, with each pointed end standing at attention in it’s own divine direction. I highly recommend sugaring those stems & greens.
Peppermint leaves also stand up well to a light sugaring. Be sure to coat them very lightly with egg white & the lightest sprinkling of sugar to keep them from bending under the weight of it all.
If you plan to purchase fresh edible flowers to decorate your cupcakes, be sure to purchase them from a package specifically labeling them as food products. I can’t bear to think of the stress our nation would endure should the Flower Flu hit our streets. Because most edible flowers are extremely delicate, do not sugar coat their petals lest you like your flowers droopy as an old lady’s sportsbra.
Finally, the great cJane cupcake is…well…glorious. However, when recreating these cupcakes in your own kitchen, I would consider a simplified version of her majesty’s treats. A head full of berries is quite a heavy load for a young cupcake to tote around, so plan on sticking with a capful of lightweight berries, leaves and petals if you like your cupcake’s show-off worthy. Happy Baking!
My {every}night routine
7:00 p.m. Announce bedtime to children
7:35 p.m. Re-announce bedtime
8:15 p.m Re-re announce bedtime
(this time three octaves higher than the inital announcement)
8:45 p.m. Read final bedtime story
8:53 p.m. Tickle tiny backs
8:55 p.m. Dole out final bedtime kisses
8:59 p.m. Dole out final.final bedtime kisses
9:15 p.m. Jump into bed next to hubby
9:16 p.m. Snack on home-baked cookies
9:17 p.m. Wonder if I’ll regret cookie-eating in morning
9:18 p.m. Decide I won’t and eat another cookie
(or four.)
9:19.05 p.m. Feel cookie arrive safely inside my saddlebags
9:19.06 p.m. Sigh
9:20 p.m. Swear off sugar
(But since that starts…tomorrow…)
9:20.06 p.m. Eat another cookie