Peaches and Cream Cupcakes

I love and adore peaches. My Dad does too. I think I have purchased 15 pounds this summer. My Dad asked me to make another dessert with peaches, so I decided on cupcakes. The cupcakes are full of chopped sweet peaches and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting. The cupcakes on their own without frosting would be great as peach muffins. This recipe is for you Daddy.

These cupcakes are delicious without frosting. Would make a great peach muffin.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon peach extract, or peach schnapps

1 egg

1/2 cup water

2-3 peaches chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.

Whisk together all dry ingredients. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine milk, oil, extracts and egg. Add liquid ingredients to the dry, scraping down the sides as needed. Slowly add the water. Fold in chopped peaches. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. This recipe will make 14-16 cupcakes. The cupcakes are are so moist, fluffy and so full of peach flavor. These cupcakes vanished right before my eyes.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 stick of butter

1 8 ounce page cream cheese

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 pound of powdered sugar

Garnish with sliced peaches, optional

Cream butter and cream cheese together. Add extract and incorporate powdered sugar. Pipe frosting on cupcakes (I used a 1M tip). Enjoy!

Lizz’s Tropical Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I first met my dear friend Lizz volunteering at our sons school PTA’s. We have been friends for many years and recently got together for the first time in 15 years. We do stay in close contact via Facebook and text messages. I wanted to make her something special for a birthday she recently celebrated. With help from family members, I found out what her favorite flavor of cake was, I made cupcakes and named my recipe for her. Cupcakes travel better than a cakes, so Lizz received belated birthday cupcakes.

Thanks Morgan!

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 small can of crushed pineapple, drained

1 pound of carrots, peeled and grated

1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake pan with liners.

My sweet friend Lizz! 💜💜💜

In a mixing bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. Mix in eggs and oil in dry ingredients. Stir in pineapple and carrots. Add chopped pecans and combine. Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full and bake 18-20 minutes, or until done. Cool completely and frost with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting. Enjoy!

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

1 stick of unsalted butter

1 8 ounce block cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon coconut extract

1 pinch of salt

1 pound of powdered sugar

Shredded coconut, if desired

Blend butter and cream cheese together. Add the extracts and salt. Gradually on low speed add the powdered sugar. Pipe on cupcakes. I used a Wilton 1M tip. Sprinkle flaked coconut on top of cupcakes.

Lizz’s beautiful Mom, Maria. This is proof that you cannot be sad holding a cupcake.

Easy Peasy Homemade Banana Cake

So many times I hear people tell me that they can’t bake or decorate cakes. I wanted to create a recipe so easy, everyone can make this cake and be a rockstar. This is one moist and flavorful banana cake and that was my goal. Mix up the ingredients, cool and spread on the frosting. Easy Peasy.

Look at all of the yummy bananas in this recipe.

Ingredients:

4 large ripe freckled bananas, mashed

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

3 eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan with butter or your favorite baking spray.

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

In your mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and alternate with buttermilk until all is incorporated together. Mix in bananas. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour until cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely and frost.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 stick of butter, room temperature

1 8 ounce block of cream cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 pinch of salt

1 pound of powdered sugar

Blend cream cheese and butter together. Add vanilla and combine. Mix in powdered sugar until combined. Frost cake. Cover and store in refrigerator. Set out about 30 minutes before serving. Easy Peasy. Enjoy!

*About buttermilk. Buy it. You cannot make buttermilk with lemon juice or vinegar. You only make sour milk and that my friends is not buttermilk. Buttermilk is the best thing about how delicious this cake is.