Featuring tender vanilla cake and a buttery crown of fresh peaches and caramelized brown sugar, Peach Upside-Down Cupcakes are a miniaturized summer twist on the classic pineapple dessert!
Here in the Texas Hill Country, local crops of fresh, juicy peaches abound every June and July. It’s a simple fact that summer just wouldn’t be summer without peach cobbler and homemade peach ice cream. So when this sweet stone fruit is in season, you can bet that I’m buying it by the bushel and regularly enjoying it in some form or fashion until it the roadside stands shut down and the long wait until next year’s peach season commences.
This year, I decided to take one of my all-time favorite desserts — Pineapple Upside-Down Cake — and give it a peachy twist. I thought that cupcakes would be fun as opposed to a whole cake, so I simply filled each muffin cup with a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar and arranged my fresh peach chunks in little pinwheels. Then I topped off the peaches with a buttery vanilla cake batter.
Bake ’em up, flip ’em over, and…TA-DAAA!!! Peach Upside-Down Cupcakes fit for a Peach Queen! And no need to scratch your head…such royalty actually exists each June at the Peach JAMboree in Stonewall (AKA, the peach capital of Texas). I’m telling you…you haven’t lived until you’ve been to a Peach JAMboree…
These little cupcakes are delicate, but they’re well worth the gentle effort it takes to remove them from the pan. The peaches are sweet and buttery, with the brown sugar soaking down into the moist, tender cake. As a bonus, Peach Upside-Down Cupcakes are just plain cute, perfect to share with family and friends or serve at a summer picnic, barbecue, or get-together.
And if you simply must have these cupcakes all year long? You could always make them with canned peaches to get you through the off-season…extra points if you actually canned the peaches yourself! But if your canned peaches are native to the grocery store, that works as well. 😉 Just don’t miss the opportunity to make these Peach Upside-Down Cupcakes with fresh peaches so long as they’re in season. And that means hurry, man…hurry!
So to recap, your newly updated summer peach bucket list is as follows:
1. Peach Cobbler
2. Homemade Peach Ice Cream
3. Peach Upside-Down Cupcakes!!!
I promise…your inner Peach Queen will thank me. 😉
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