Perfect Picnic Presents–Peachy Keen Cupcakes

15 Jul

Little known fact about me: I spent the first six years of my life in a little town in Florida, which of course sparked my profound love of summertime! We had citrus trees in the backyard and a pool that got much use. It was wonderful. Then we moved and I was introduced to Monsieur Winter, my least favorite, dreaded, despicable, horrible season. Not to dwell on that, though. So, this little summery delight was, in fact, inspired by my love of summer and the fruits that summer brings–Peaches! This is a marvelously simple recipe for a peach preserve cake topped with a lightly peachy buttercream frosting.

Cake
WHITE cake mix, not vanilla because the peach flavor will not be noticeable
About 1/2 cup peach preserves

Peach Buttercream Frosting
3 to 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 peaches, pureed

For the cake, you’ll want to prepare it according to the box. (Nifty tip: if you run out of oil, like I did this morning, you can always just melt shortening! But, be careful, it bubbles up very rapidly.) Once you’ve whisked it all together and such, pour your peach preserves into a small saucepan with just a splash of water and bring it to a low boil. AS SOON as it begins to bubble, bring the heat to a low temperature and stir occasionally until you have a sort of thick syrup with peachy chunks floating around. Strain the syrup into the batter and whisk it in. Now, what I did was sort of mash up the peach chunks into a really thick kind of paste and then whisked that in as well, but that part is up to you. It gave the cake a little bit of texture and a stronger peachy flavor.

Pop them in the oven at 350 for 15-17 minutes. Since you’ve added in the extra moisture of the preserves it will take a little bit longer then what it tells you on the box. Mine came out perfectly at around 18 or 19 minutes, so just keep an eye on them and pull them out when they just start to get golden-brown on the tops.

Now you’ll want to prepare your buttercream. Cream the butter and the shortening with about half of the sugar, the vanilla and the almond extract. When it starts to get nice and creamy, just add in the rest of your ingredients, including the peach puree. Once it’s all nicely blended and powdered sugar isn’t flying everywhere, go ahead and beat it on a higher speed until it’s fluffy and delicious. I, of course, like to taste test my frosting, so go ahead and sample it. If you want a peachier flavor, go ahead and add in some more puree, or for a little kick, perhaps a splash of peach schnapps?

As soon as the cupcakes cool pile on this scrumptious frosting and pack a picnic!

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