Saturday, July 16, 2011

Peach Cupcakes with Peach Cream Cheese Frosting: Laughter

Saturdays Children know to give me a few more minutes alone in the morning.  I'm not in a hurry to do anything, to go anywhere, to pack a lunch, to pack a bag, to rush the kids out the door.  Mostly I'm in a hurry to stay in bed, dawdle and perhaps, if I'm lucky, read a few pages of a book. It is really the ONLY day of the week I'm not in a rush to go somewhere and do something.  I can just be.  In my skin.  And one of my favorite things to do is listen to Daughters and Son laughing in their rooms.  They always find some game, some silly act and something funny to enjoy in the morning.  And it is a sweet sweet sound to my ear.  It is especially sweet because I can hear it from my prone position on the bed and just enjoy it for the sheer sound.

Inevitably the laughter ends with someone crying and getting upset and I'm forced to leave my secure haven and meet the needs of the kids.  But no matter.  I had my few moments of enjoyment and then it is back to mommy business.

But that initial sweetness is so perfect and wonderful - like these cupcakes.  They are moist, lightly peachy, and simply taste of laughter and the sweetness of summer.

I bought these dehydrated peaches at Target.  Pulverize the peaches right before they are needed, as they really like to suck the water out of the air.
Peach Cupcakes with Peach Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 24 cupcakes

Peach Cake
Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1.75 oz (49 grams) freeze dried peaches, pulverized in a mini food processor
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup pureed fresh peach
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with liners.

Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large measuring cup or bowl, mix together buttermilk, peach puree and vanilla extract. Set aside until needed.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl until pale, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in pulverized peaches.
Mix in flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two batches of buttermilk mixture. Mix until just combined, scraping down bowl as needed. (I like to mix the last bit by hand using a spatula to make sure I get all the stuff at the bottom.) Scoop batter into cupcake tins.

Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 21 to 24 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool in tins for 10 minutes, and then remove cupcakes and place them on a cooling rack.

Peach Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
1 cup of butter, softened
8 oz of cream cheese, softened
1.75 oz (49grams) freeze dried peaches (Target has Archer Farms brand), pulverized in a mini food processor
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-5 cups of confectioners sugar

Method
In a large mixing bowl, mix butter until it is softened and uniform. Add cream cheese and beat together until it is uniform. Add vanilla extract and mix. Add pulverized peaches and mix. Add 3 cups of sugar to the mixture and mix. Add more sugar if necessary. Mix again until mixture is creamy and spreadable. Add more sugar if necessary, otherwise prepare to frost cake.

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56 comments:

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

These are lovely! Are the peaches on top dehydrated as well? They look like real ones, but I didn't see real ones listed in the recipe... Either way, I need to try a peach cake soon. I am craving peaches like mad these days.

Joanne Choi said...

Oh I just garnished with some fresh peach on top....just so it looked prettier.

Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

Aw, I love this blog post. My kids are still very small but on some weekend morning instead of us getting up to get them, they get up and climb into bed and cuddle with us until we're all ready to get up. It's so sweet :D These cupcakes look incredible! I love that you used freeze dried fruit in them, that must work perfectly! Love the color of the icing as well :)

The Procrastobaker said...

wowww, these must taste so deliciously flavoursome, such a summery little cupcake :) Gorgeous photography too!

tinytearoom said...

I usually don't love cupcakes. I don't really get the mad craze about it. but I really like what you've done with this cupcake. the peach flavour sounds like a delicious idea!

baobabs said...

Stunning photos and would love some of that peach cupcakes, great summer binge!

Mei said...

Could fresh peaches--pulverized--fill in for the freeze-dried ones? I've got a LOT of fresh peaches.

Jennw6kids said...

I was wondering the same thing, if you could use fresh peaches in place of the dry ones?

Joanne Choi said...

the dried peaches...add intense flavor WITHOUT excess liquid. That is the main reason I use them. In the frosting, if you do use fresh peaches, you are essentially going to need more sugar in order to combat it, which is not what I prefer. I like a less sweet flavor but with a stiffer frosting.

Within the batter, you may have some more room - perhaps cutting down some of the buttermilk and increasing peach puree, but you will lose the extra punch of flavor. Hope that helps. :)

Anonymous said...

Just made these...they're FANTASTIC!!! But I couldn't get the icing thick enough without adding a TON of powdered sugar. Who cares, they're GREAT!!!

Leah @ Beyer Beware said...

These look so good. I can't wait to have Michigan peaches in house and will be making these soon.

Danielle said...

I made your cupcakes into a cake for my mom's birthday. Yum!! I loved the subtle peach taste. I only had 1 bag of peaches from Target, so I used 3/4 in the cake and 1/4 in the icing. It wasn't as "peachy" but it was still mighty tasty! Thanks for the great recipe!!

Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite said...

These look beautiful! awesome job!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cupcakes! I am allergic to eggs however and was wondering if an egg substitute might work with these. (I normally use applesauce with baking but could try flax seed.) Any idea?

myfudo said...

I love those frostings. It makes a perfect appearance for this delectable cupcakes

Candi said...

What a great idea of adding dried peaches!?!? That's wonderful!

becka said...

Made these this afternoon and they are delish! Thanks for a great recipe.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that none of you have the real guts to tell the truth on the cupcakes!! I made these with my daughter last night, and there was not ONE SMIDGEN taste of PEACH!!! I will never make this recipe again.

TABC Certification Online said...

Hey Joanne! This is a really wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with us.

Bufala Mozzarella said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe..been serving my kids pizza with the Bufala Mozzarella for two days now and they want something sweet this time for their snacks..thanks for your recipe, came in very timely! Looks great..im sure my kids will love this!

Sarah said...

Giiiirrrrrllllll. Found this on Pinterest. I may be in love with you. Just kidding. (But not really)

Anonymous said...

I'm planning on trying this recipe out sometime in the next week. Alas, we do not have a Target anywhere near here. I was able to find a package of Sun-Maid dried peaches locally, but I don't think they're as dried out as freeze dried peaches would be. Any advice on how to proceed? Try to chop the sort-of-a-little moist dried peaches as-is? Try to dry them out more in the oven first? Help!

Joanne Choi said...

dried peaches will not work, as this is FREEZE dried peaches that are used in this recipe. They can pulverize into a powder, while dried peaches cannot.

I've seen the freeze dried peaches at Whole Foods as well.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009W7DEU/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=weeofmen-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B0009W7DEU&adid=0T0BE3V7ESVCTHK864PH

I did find these. Perhaps you could try these?

Anonymous said...

Ahh! I get it now. :)

I'm going to curse my local middle-of-nowhere shopping establishments and then order the freeze dried peaches.

The store did have freeze dried strawberries, go figure. I'm now feeling inspired to try a strawberry variation of your recipe.... Hmmm...

Thanks for your help!

Suzanne said...

These cupcakes look beautiful and sound delicious. Can't wait to make them!

Julie said...

I made these yesterday, they were a big hit. So light and delicious!

Elizabeth Contreras said...

I made these tonight and they turned out heavy. I followed the directions to a "t". What did I do wrong?

Joanne Choi said...

not sure what the problem may have been. Some people are confusing frozen peaches with freeze dried peaches, which are two totally different things. Did you perhaps make this mistake?

Joanne Choi said...

not sure what the problem may have been. Some people are confusing frozen peaches with freeze dried peaches, which are two totally different things. Did you perhaps make this mistake?

Elise said...

I used freeze dried peaches as well and mine were incredibly dense also, I think that's just how they turn out.

Joanne Choi said...

definitely they don't come out dense. This is a lighter cupcake.

A couple things to check - make sure you are using baking POWDER and not baking soda. And the second thing to check is to make sure that the powder is not expired.

Otherwise - I'm not sure what the problem is. I'll have to make these again to make sure that they are working correctly.

Geraldine and Charlotte said...

I'm going try this out. Hope it will work :)

Anonymous said...

having a hard time finding any dried peaches in my area...could a peach jello mix be used instead? or peach flavor oil?

Discruisemama said...

I'm another person who found this recipe on pinterest! I made this into a cake instead of cupcakes. I haven't tried it yet but I did nibble on some of the crumbs and stick my finger in the icing bowl (classy, I know!) Anyway, from what I tasted, this recipe is a keeper. AWESOME peach flavor! It did turn out pretty heavy rather than dense but not complaining a bit. The taste was phenomenal! It's probably due to making a cake instead of cupcake.

Anonymous said...

Maybe your peaches weren't ripe enough for the purée, I made these today and they were amazing super light and fluffy and amazingly peachy sounds like user error to me, baking is very precise gotta do things right. I think maybe u just don't have the guts to admit that u messed up

Anonymous said...

I made these last night, thanks to Pinterest, and they are absolutely delicious. I live alone and didn't want to feel tempted to eat them all so I brought them in to work and they were devoured before lunchtime! Perfect!

Anonymous said...

I just baked up a batch of these and they were light with a peachy taste (although not crazy strong). I'm excited to whip up the frosting tomorrow and serve to friends. Thanks for the recipe!

Vera Zecevic said...

These peach cupcakes are absolutely great! I like them very much so I've featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don't mind! If you don't agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

Anonymous said...

Will the Recipe.come out the same if you half it or do you need to change the recipe to half it?

Joanne Choi said...

you can simply halve the recipe - you'll end up with fewer cupcakes so it doesn't affect much else.

Anonymous said...

I have tried halving the recipe and the cake was a but heavy and the frosting was white. How do you make the frosting more of a peachy color? Do I need to add more freeze dried peaches?

Anonymous said...

I also have the same problem. “I have tried halving the recipe and the cake was a but heavy and the frosting was white. How do you make the frosting more of a peachy color? Do I need to add more freeze dried peaches?"

Joanne Choi said...

the color of the frosting will depend on the overall color of freeze dried peaches. There are variances in how intense orange/yellow the freeze dried peaches are which affects the color. If you don't want it to be more peach color, you have two possible solutions - one is to go ahead and add a drop of food coloring or the other, is as some of you have proposed, is to go ahead and more freeze dried peaches. Either way, you'll get a peachier color.

porkchoptuesday said...

These are so pretty! I love the idea of using the dehydrated peaches in the mix!

nicole katz said...

where in target did you find the freeze dried peaches??

Donald whicher said...

What's the difference between the peach puree and the pulverized peaches?

Teresa Blackman said...

So Yummy! I made them as a layer cake instead of cupcakes. These are DELICIOUS!

Monica said...

I just made these but cheated and used yellow cake mix, reduced the oil a bit and added the pureed peaches. Then for the frosting, I actually added two bags of the dehydrated peaches and some salt. AMAZING! I expect I'm going to be considered a superstar at this potluck. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I made a strawberry version of these because my town's 6+ grocery stores & Target can't keep freeze-dried peaches in stock!

My first batch was very dense - I think when I was leveling off the flour, I was getting too much flour for the recipe. The second batch turned out lighter.

Thanks for the idea - I'm off to make icing & strawberry garnish.

Gold On Runescape said...

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Anonymous said...

Are the freeze dried peaches actually in the freezer section?

Laura Boyed said...

We don't have dehydrated peaches in New Zealand. Any idea what a good substitute would be?

Laura Boyed said...

We don't have dehydrated peaches in New Zealand. Any idea what I can use as substitute?

Heidi said...

These were moist, yummy cupcakes. However, they did not taste peachy! If I make these again I will try increasing all of the peach amounts in everything.

Naomi said...

I made this recipe and the freeze dried peaches from Target tasted awful. I can't explain the taste other than by saying they tasted chemically. That's no the recipe's fault though!

I made it a second time, adding peach extract to the cake and icing, and using 1 can of peaches (in 100% fruit juice, NOT syrup) instead of freeze dried peaches. I pureed the peaches and ended up with about 1 1/2 cups peach puree. I used 1 cup in the cake and 1/2 cup in the frosting. This was in addition to the peach EXTRACT I used (Olive Nation brand). I also added about a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the frosting. I ended up adding more sugar than was required because of the extra water in the peaches but in the end it turned out very very nice. I made this recipe as a cake and it turned out very dense. I think next time I will add a little less buttermilk and a little more baking powder. I love the idea of using freeze dried peaches, and perhaps I just got a couple bad batches, but I think the canned solution is a good one.

Thank you for posting this!

lifeissweetasapeach said...

Hi! Thank you for this delicious recipe! I love cream cheese frosting, this is right up my alley.

I wrote a blog post for National Peach Month on my site, and have used this recipe as a source, linking in full to this page and using a thumbnail of your photography. If you would like me to remove the source/reference, or credit in a different way, I would be happy to do so! My intention was only to share a favorite peach recipe. Thank you again for sharing!

Link for reference: http://lifeissweetasapeach.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/august-is-national-peach-month/.

Best,
Aubrey

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