When I was in middle school I moved from Westport Ct, to Fairfield Ct at the beginning of my 7th grade year. Fortunately I was entering a middle school which was grade 7 and 8 so there were lots of kids entering who didn’t know each other and I didn’t stand out as the “new girl”. I made two friends very quickly, and we remained friends for many years. One of the girls I was great friends with was named Dee Dee.
Dee Dee and I spent a lot of time together. We talked about boys and went to the beach and hung out at each others’ houses, and all of the other things that young teenaged girls do. We remained close until our freshman year in high school. As it happens with so many other middle school friendships, high school took us in different directions. We did remain friends, but developed other interests, and were not as close as we once were.
We both graduated, years passed, she married and had children, I went into the Navy, and years and years later, along came Facebook. Through Facebook Dee Dee (now known as Dee) and I reconnected and it was great to see what she was doing. She had three beautiful children, and was busy with her life. Then the unthinkable happened. A tragedy that forever changed the life of her family and friends. Her beautiful 18 year old daughter Viviana was killed in a car crash. A senseless car crash that killed not only Viviana, but her boyfriend as well. The young man had been drinking and lost control of the car he was driving in which Viviana and another girl were passengers. She had graduated high school that year and was a student at Central Connecticut State University. A beautiful, promising life was shattered, as were the lives of the family who adored her.
Dee is an amazing person who was able to do some wonderful things despite her profound pain, and she created the Shelton Butterfly Project in honor of her beloved daughter. There is also a Facebook page.
October 14 is Viviana’s birthday, and Dee said she wanted to make angel food cupcakes in honor of her angel, and asked if anyone wanted to come have cupcakes with her family to celebrate Viv’s life. I knew I would not be able to make it to CT, but told Dee I would make some cupcakes and we would eat them and honor Viviana’s birthday with her from Virginia. These are the cupcakes I made for Viviana, and I want to share them with you all.
Please hold this family in your thoughts and prayers, as they navigate the tremendous loss of a child the best way they can!
Sweet Light Angel Food Cupcakes
Adapted from Skinnytaste
Servings: 12 • Serving Size: 1 • Sodium: 107.3 mg • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts*
Calories: 122 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 3.8 g • Carb: 26.6 g • Fiber: 0 g • Sugar: 21.5 g
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 2/3 cup cake flour, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 egg whites from large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Heat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a muffin tin with baking spray or line tin with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, cake flour, and salt.
In a large bowl mix the egg whites, water, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar.
Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, mix on low speed a few minutes until foamy, then turn the speed to medium and slowly add the granulated sugar in 1 tablespoon increments, very gradually over a period of three to four minutes. When all the sugar has been added, turn the speed to high and beat for an additional three to five minutes, or until the mixture forms medium peaks. Don’t beat until the mixture is extremely glossy and stiff; it should be modestly glossy, but the very tips of the peaks formed when you dip your finger in should flop over just a bit.
Add the dry ingredients in two installments; sift the dry ingredients through a fine mesh strainer, tapping them through and into the egg whites. Fold carefully, do not over mix. Fold in the second half of the dry ingredients.
Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 18 minutes or until the tops are slightly golden. Remove from the oven and cool completely before removing.
In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients:
Mix wet ingredients and cream of tartar in a mixer:
Mix on low speed until foamy:
Increase speed to medium, add sugar slowly, then increase speed to high until medium peaks form:
Fold in the dry ingredients in increments and spoon into prepared muffin pan:
Bake for 18 minutes, the remove from oven and let cool:
I drizzled some bittersweet chocolate on top of mine.
Viviana, you will forever be in our hearts and thoughts! You are loved and missed every day!