This time of year always brings our house an abundance of stone fruit thanks to Husband’s regular visits to the wholesale markets as part of his job. As we had many nectarines and I also had my new cupcake stand, I decided to do what I love most and bake some nectarine cupcakes. Something different. Something out of the ordinary. I did a web search and discovered the amazing Martha Stewart website had a reasonably simple and straightforward recipe for nectarine cupcakes. And by the way, if you love baking, interior design, arts and crafts and the like, you have to check out the Martha Stewart website – it’s a whole world of amazing!
Back to my cupcakes.
They are really simple cupcake recipe, with the point of difference being that you spoon some batter in each cupcake pan, then a layer of chopped, fresh nectarines, and then another scoop of batter. It was actually a really lovely vanilla cupcake recipe and I’ll be using this one in future (minus the nectarines, of course).
The next phase was the fun part, as I really wanted to make my cupcakes look great and taste great. So I made a simple butter cream icing – I got the recipe here. Instead of adding the moisture of the milk, I slowly added some strained nectarine puree. This added that extra nectarine flavour that into the entire cupcake tasting experience. YUM!
I had so much fun making these and I’ve been told (by my dad) that they are the best cakes he’s ever tasted. Husband, on the other hand, was far more brutal and reassured me that I’ve made better. This didn’t stop him from devouring two at a time for the days following.
Have you made cupcakes that are both beautiful and delicious? What cup cake flavour ideas do you have to share?