These adorable cupcakes are baked with cinnamon and stuffed with an ooey gooey fresh peach filling. The flavor and textures are so delicious, including a silky cream cheese frosting and a ring of crunchy oat crumble on top! It’s like a little peach pie in a cupcake, making them the perfect treat for summer.
The secret to moist cupcakes
The base of this recipe is a delicious cinnamon cupcake that is so moist and fluffy, making it the perfect vessel for the tender peach filling. Here’s the secret to getting the best cupcake texture:
- Oil over Butter – Since this cake is flavored with cinnamon, I opted to use oil instead of butter in this recipe. The reason being, a cake must have a strong flavor in order to mask the flavor of the oil. If I could I’d use oil in every cake because it provides the BEST moist texture, but you also have to work around the flavor. That’s why these cupcakes are so good.
- No Eggs – Yep! The cake recipe itself is actually completely vegan (if using nondairy milk). Instead of eggs, the oil and buttermilk help bind this cake together as it fully absorbs into the dry ingredients. No eggs means a super moist cake that’s extra tender.
- Quality Flour – Without eggs to hold it together, a really good flour is needed to provide structure to the cake. That’s why I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic All Purpose Flour in almost all of my cake recipes. It gives the cakes a strong but light texture that’s never too crumbly. Trust me, once you use this premium flour by Bob’s Red Mill it will be hard to go back to anything else.
- Buttermilk – Combining milk and vinegar is an easy way to make your own buttermilk. I prefer this method because I have more control over how acidic the batter is. The acidity helps create a tender texture when combined with baking soda.
Tips for baking cupcakes
The cupcake batter will be somewhat thin, so scooping it into the cupcake tin can get pretty messy.
The easiest way to scoop cupcake batter into your cupcake liners is to use a large ice cream scoop. Not only does this minimize the mess, but it also ensures each cupcake is filled equally.
The batter in this recipe makes exactly 12 cupcakes, so you shouldn’t be left with any extra batter and each cupcake should be filled about 2/3 of the way full.
Once they bake, they’ll puff up evenly but will still appear somewhat pale in color. Always make sure to test for doneness with a toothpick. If the center comes out clean, they’re ready to pull from the oven.
Easy Stuffed Peach Cupcakes
It may look like there’s a lot going on when you scroll down to the ingredients list but trust me, every single step in this recipe is really quick and simple. It’s made up for 4 main parts:
- Peach Filling – All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and heat to thicken (about 5-8 minutes). Done!
- Crumble – Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate. When you bake the cupcakes, the crumble bakes right along with them.
- Cupcakes – The batter is made all in one bowl and can be mixed by hand. Simply dump all of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and you’re good to go.
- Frosting – This is made up of just 3 ingredients and comes together in minutes, especially if you have an electric mixer.
- Topping – Toss fresh peach slices in some sugar and let it sit. Now you have juicy peaches to decorate with.
So yes, there are many components but all of them take less than 10 minutes to complete. Once they’re all finished it’s time to assemble these peach cupcakes!
How to assemble peach pie cupcakes
First and foremost, make sure all components are completely cooled before assembling these cupcakes. That means the filling, the crumble, and the cake should all be at room temperature.
Start by hollowing out the cupcakes with either a cupcake corer, apple corer, or a small knife. You want to create a hole that’s about 1/2 inch in diameter and reaches 2/3 of the way down into the cupcake.
Stuff the cupcakes with the peach filling and pack it in. I use a spoon to fill in the hole and then pack it in using a clean finger. Fill all the way to the top.
Once all the cupcakes are filled, move on to the frosting. Scoop about 4 tablespoons worth of frosting on top of the cupcake and spread it out to the sides. Turn your spreading utensil vertical and run it all along the side of the cupcake in order to create a flat edge on the frosting.
Against that edge, press the crumble mixture (see picture above). Then top with a fresh peach slice! I find it’s best to decorate one cupcake, place it in the fridge, then work on the next cupcake. This just ensures the frosting can set, especially with the weight of the peach on top.
Can I use canned peaches?
Yes you can, but I recommend using fresh peaches first. Canned peaches will just provide a little bit of a softer filling than fresh peaches. Then top the cupcakes with a canned peach slice, omitting the sugar from the topping in the recipe card.
How can I make this recipe vegan?
Since the cake itself is vegan, the rest of the recipe is really easy to transition into a plant-based dessert. Especially because Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flour is certified vegan.
Here is where you will need to make some changes:
- Swap the butter with vegan buttery baking sticks
- Swap the cream cheese with your favorite vegan cream cheese (there are so many available now!) Or you could just make a simple buttercream and use all butter (1 1/2 cups total).
- Swap milk for any non dairy milk
- Use organic sugar to ensure it’s completely void of any animal products
How to store peach cupcakes
Store the cupcakes in an air tight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 5 days.
For more cupcake recipes, check out my:
- Roasted Strawberry Cupcakes
- Toasted S’mores Cupcakes
- Chocolate Strawberry Hi Hat Cupcakes
- Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes
Make sure to tag me @butternutbakery on Instagram and leave a review below if you make these Peach Cupcakes. To pin this recipe and save it for later, you can use the button on the recipe card or on any of the photos above. Happy baking!Print