This week I made these delicious cherry peach cupcakes with homemade peach icing as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WalmartProduce
Growing up I was exposed to many different foods, all kind of fruits and vegetables. Some of my favorite fruits that I could eat by the bucket loads are peaches. I love all the varieties of peaches that are available these days in the stores. But one thing I never ever had growing up were cherries. I literally thought that cherries only came in the that little red jar and covered in red syrupy liquid. I was not a fan.
However, my mother-in-law changed all of that for me. I happened to be visiting her one day and there she was eating a fresh cherry. I sort of looked at her quizzically and said what are you eating? She said, “oh I am eating a cherry.” I have to admit I was taken a back, and I said to her, “like a real cherry?” She chuckled and said, “Yes! Have you ever had one?” I was almost ashamed to admit that I had not. So my sweet Mother-in-law began to educate me on how to eat fresh cherries, and I have been a fan ever since!
So each year, I wait for those summer peaches to come in the store, and that is quickly followed my cherry season!!! I get almost gitty when I see them in the store. Hannah has inherited her Grandmother’s love of cherries, and my newfound one, but I also am trying to introduce her to my other beloved stone fruit, peaches. So Hannah and I were in Walmart recently and we were shopping for our fresh produce, when I saw them, my beautiful red cherries!! Not far from those were lots of beautifully ripe peaches, I knew I was buying those and taking them home!
I have to say that I have been really impressed with the variety and quality of Walmart produce. They always have a wide selection of produce available, and it’s very fresh. I like to buy a plethora of veggies and fruits; Walmart produce always rises to the quality I expect AND they guarantee it!
Bringing home my newly procured stone fruits I knew I wanted Hannah to try them in their natural state, but I wanted to do something fun and festive as well. So I put my thinking cap on and decided to make a peach/cherry cupcake with a cherry buttercream. Topped with a cherry and some dried peaches that I made myself in my oven. This easy simple recipe, with the infusion of all the benefits of fresh fruit was simply amazing!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 peaches
- 10 cherries
- 2 sticks butter
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Add butter and sugar to a bowl and cream together. This should take 3-5 minutes
- Next add eggs and combine
- Next whisk flour, baking powder and salt into mixture.
- Next add one peach and 10 cherries to a food processor or juicer (Ninja is what I used). This should yield about 1 cup of juice. It's okay to add everything, just remember to remove the seeds before processing.
- Add to cupcake tin and bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes.
- This is a classic buttercream recipe. Add two sticks of softened butter and belt for 2-4 minutes, until smooth.
- Cut up a half a peach and juice or process it. It should yeild about ⅓-1/2 cup of juice. Of that, just add ¼ cup of the juice to the icing.
- Once, the peach is incorporated with the butter, add one cup of powdered sugar at a time. You will need to continue to do this until the icing is stiff. After 4 cups, if the icing still isn't stiff, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and let it set up.
- For the garnish, thinly slice a peach on a greased cookie sheet and bake on 200 F for 2-3 hours.