Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Peaches & Cream Cupcakes...sort of

I wanted to make a cupcake that tasted very peachy with a cream cheese frosting. I looked online & most of the recipes I found called for just putting slices of peaches in the cupcake but I wanted the batter to be peach flavored so I made a puree of peaches & added that to the batter (using less milk than I normally would). The cupcakes had nice flecks of peach throughout them but the peach flavor was VERY subtle. These cupcakes were yummy & moist but just not peachy enough. Next time I think I'll either add a little Peach Schnapps or make more peach puree & cook it down a little to intensify the flavor. Anyone have any other ideas? (*see below for an update)
Peaches & Cream Cupcakes

Peach Cupcakes (a recipe in process)

1/4 cup of frozen peach slices (about 3), thawed & pureed
2 T buttermilk
1/8 t baking soda
Yolk of 1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/4 C plus 2 t sugar
1/8 t salt
2 T unsalted butter, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350. Put cupcake liners in 4 muffin cups. Combine the buttermilk, peach puree & baking soda in a small bowl. Stir to mix. Whisk in egg yolk & vanilla.
In a medium bowl blend the flour, sugar & salt together. Add butter & the peach/buttermilk mixture. Beat with hand mixer at low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium & beat until well blended, about a minute. Spoon into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 2 minutes.

Makes 4 cupcakes
Adapted from Plain Good Cupcakes in Small-Batch Baking

This frosting is so delicious I was eating it right from the decorating bag. One tip, don't use light cream cheese like I did as the frosting comes out a little runny.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz cold cream cheese
4 t unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 C confectioner sugar
1/8 t vanilla

With a hand mixer beat the cream cheese until it is fluffy & smooth. Add the butter & beat until combined. Mix in vanilla. Add the sugar half at a time mixing until well blended.

(* So I tried my hand at a second batch of these. This time I used 1/2 cup of peaches & about 2 T peach schnapps & reduced that on the stove until it was 1/4 cup. Then I replaced the vanilla in the recipe with Peach Schnapps. Still there was no peach flavor to the cupcakes at all! Think I'll set this idea aside for awhile.)


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Tina said...

Looks and sounds good to me! I am so looking forward to the peach and nectarine season! Frozen is ok but not common over here (as well as frozen corn) and the canned ones have always too much sugar for my taste. You could try with peach flavored buttermilk or yoghurt…
Do you really heat your oven for only four cupcakes? I make at least 16 (two trays) and freeze some – so over time we get a good variety to choose from spontaneously. We eat them without frosting anyway so that’s no problem.

Thistlemoon said...

They look beautiful even if they aren't quite peachy enough! But I think the scnapps will do the trick!

Unknown said...

What about adding peach preserves?

kat said...

Mark - I was thinking the same thing though I hate to buy preserves for just a little in a cupcake (we aren't big jam eaters) so I'm wondering if cooking down the puree a bit will give me the same effect.

Jen - Yeah I think the Schnapps will add a nice kick.

Anyway I'll have fun trying to get this right

Anonymous said...

For extra flavor try using dehydrated fruit. Health food stores usually sell it, and it can be crushed into a powder and mixed in. I have done this with strawberries and it came out great.

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

I think that if you add apples or applesauce to the peach mixture it will bring out the peach flavor more. That is what's used in lots of food products with peaches.

Anonymous said...

peach nectar!

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

Maybe some almond flavoring would help bring out the peach flavor?
Good luck!
Sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

I tried to make Peach Bellini cupcakes one time using just real peaches and I also had the flavor problem. I tried this instead and it came out good:

add a thing of peach jello and then frozen peaches with your cake mix...

Anonymous said...

also I think random stores sell peach extract... but its too hard to find for me.

and for Peach bellini I coupled it with a champagne frosting- they were awesome!

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