It was Friday evening and as my family sat around a campfire in the backyard I cracked open a new cooler and it was love at first sip. A cool and refreshing combination of peach and rose danced wondrously on my tastebuds. I knew immediately that I had to use these flavors in a sweet summer treat. And these Peach Rose Cupcakes are everything summer and everything sweet.
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Peach Rose Cupcakes
Soft delicate rose water cupcakes baked to fluffy light perfection. This small-batch cupcake recipe will make just the right number of cupcakes for your family or co-workers with maybe even an extra for yourself to squirrel away. You know, for that late-night sweet treat craving. Paired with a sweet homemade peach filling and whipped peach buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are a beautiful balance of floral and fruity.
What Is Rose Water?
Much like its name, rose water is exactly that. Rose petals soaked in water. It’s commonly known and used in middle eastern desserts such as Mahalabia or sometimes referred to as milk pudding. Rose water can be found in most grocery stores in the international food aisle. Should you feel up to the task, you can most certainly make your own rose water as well. Here’s a great DIY rose water recipe from Wellness Mama.
How To Make Rose Water Cupcakes
Much like almond extract, rose water packs a punch and a little can go a long way. Too much added into the cupcake batter will leave you feeling like you’ve taken a bite out of your grandmother’s potpourri sachet. For this small-batch cupcake recipe, I’ve used 3 teaspoons. That’s it. I’m pretty willy-nilly about vanilla extract, rose water, on the other hand, I highly encourage you to measure accurately for best results.
Peach Filling From Scratch
This peach filling is pure stone-fruit perfection. Seriously! I was eating it by the spoonful. The best part about this peach filling is that it can be made from fresh, frozen, or canned peaches. The only difference being the cooking time. I used canned peaches as they are far more accessible this time of year where I live.
First, dice up the peaches quite finely and combine them with either water or peach juice should you have some leftover in the can. Add in the sugar and the salt and cook this peach mixture over medium heat until the peaches are soft. This is where the cooking time will vary depending on what form of peaches you use. Fresh peaches will take the longest to soften.
As the peaches are cooking, combine the cornstarch and water into a slurry. Once the peaches are soft, add in the cornstarch slurry and continue to cook while stirring until the filling begins to thicken. This should take approximately 3-5 minutes. Once the mixture is thick, remove it from the heat, mix in the lemon juice, and pour the peach filling into a shallow dish or bowl and cover the surface directly with plastic wrap. Allow this filling to completely cool for several hours in the fridge or even overnight.
Real Peach Buttercream Frosting
I don’t personally have anything against extracts or emulsions. There’s a time and place for them. That said, I will always try the use real genuine flavor. With that in mind, this sweet whipped peach buttercream frosting uses the leftover peach filling to get its fresh authentic peach flavor.
Fill each cupcake with the peach filling and place the leftover filling into a blender or food processor. Blend it up until it reaches an applesauce-type texture. Add ⅛ cup of this fresh peach puree into the whipped buttercream to achieve a soft and sweet peach frosting.
Small-Batch Peach Rose Cupcakes
These summer floral and fruity cupcakes are a beautiful balance of flavor and I truly hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Filled with the most delicious made-from-scratch peach filling, this small-batch peach rose cupcake recipe is perfect for a family summer bbq treat or a small summer birthday celebration. I would love to hear if you make these!
Fun Floral & Fruity Recipes To Try
- Pina Colada Cake
- Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake
- Strawberry Almond Cake
- Orange Blossom Cake
- Key Lime Pie Cookies
- Honey Lavender Cupcakes
- Strawberry Almond Sprinkle Cookies