Peach Bourbon Cupcakes

I’m delivering on my promise for MORE CUPCAKES! :) And these ones, if you’re as excited as me about peach season every year, you will love these dearly. It’s my new favorite cupcake outside of chocolate. They don’t scream peach, they whisper. Soft notes of bright peach and sultry bourbon float throughout both the cake and the buttercream. Not too sweet, extra moist, and perfectly delicious.

I topped them with marzipan fruit (peaches are almost identical in shape to cherries, I simply adjusted the coloring and the length of the stem). I know some people like to go crazy with elaborate flowers and decorations, but I like my cupcakes to look like what they taste like. And since a whole peach wouldn’t exactly work on top (can you say, cupcake and the giant peach?) I did a miniature version instead.

If you want a more in your face peach flavor, I’d try filling them with peach puree or peach preserves of some sort. But it’s really not necessary. At first I thought that the peach was too subtle; but after eating a few more I realized that no, it was just right. Too much peach and the frosting would go to mush. Too much peach and you might lose the hint of bourbon behind all that fruit.

I’ve been baking half a dozen cupcakes at a time recently. Especially as I try out new flavors, some of which fail miserably, and if they do, I only have to throw out a few cupcakes rather than a whole tray. But I really wish I had made a full dozen of these. Between my taste test, and our dinner guest enthusiastically helping himself to seconds, they were gone by the next day. But I guess that means I did good?

Peach Bourbon Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh peach puree (about 2 large peaches)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon bourbon

Frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, room temperature
3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup fresh peach puree (about 1 large peach)
1 teaspoon bourbon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Whisk together coconut milk, peach puree, sugar, oil, vanilla, and bourbon. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until relatively smooth. Fill cupcake liners with a scant 3 Tablespoons of batter (cups should be just under 2/3 of the way full). Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly golden, and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

For frosting, cream butter in electric mixer for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Slowly add half of the sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and beat until smooth. Add peach puree and mix until combined. Add remaining confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and beat until well incorporated. Add bourbon and mix at medium-high speed until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add more sugar as necessary to achieve proper consistency. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

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  1. These look great! I might have to make these tomorrow.

  2. I love these! Especially the combo of peach and coconut milk. The marizpan fruit is a beautiful touch!

  3. Stunning cupcakes. They sound incredibly delicious too! Love the marzipan peaches. Adorable.

  4. What a beautiful cupcake! I bet it just explodes with flavor. Your marzipan peach on top is priceless. Great job!

  5. These sound absolutely luscious! I love that the peach flower is sultry rather than overpowering.

  6. OH. MY. Are you kidding me with these? I CANNOT wait to try them. I love peaches and I love bourbon. And the absolute adorable peach on the top….I love it!!!!

  7. Peach and bourbon is such a great combination of flavors. These look amazing!

  8. Absolute perfection. Beautiful picture and the marzipan peach is adorable.

    Nice work. I am going to put this on my recipe wish list. I hope I get a chance to try these out.

  9. These look absolutely fantastic. I would have never thought of peach and bourbon together but love them both so I am definitely going to make these. Perfect timing- I bought some bourbon the other day.

  10. Wonderful job.

    Lisa

  11. Yum! I love the idea of peach frosting :)

  12. Can I ask whether there’s a difference in using oil and in using butter for the cupcakes? Do you think the texture would be changed dramatically by using softened or melted butter?

  13. These look amazing! I really want to try it, but I live in Israel and they only have white peaches here. Do you think it would work as well?

    • Yes, definitely! You’ll have a slightly different color cupcake and frosting, but I think nice ripe white peaches would be just ‘peachy’ in this recipe! :)

  14. Good morning,

    Im portuguese, could you help me to understand what is Bourbon? Is it wisky? If it is can i change it for other flavour?

    I love your cupcakes :) thanks for share.

    Kisses

    Andreia

    • Yes, you could substitute whiskey if you can’t find bourbon. I’m no expert, but I believe bourbon actually IS a whiskey that is produced in Kentucky. Both are going to give you a nice vanilla flavor to pair with the peach. :)

  15. the combination of peaches and whisky sounds very interesting.

  16. These are the most gorgeous cupcakes. I bet they are incredible too!

  17. These cupcakes look gorgeous and delicious! I can see these at a wedding or bridal shower! Thanks for sharing!

  18. These sound amazing, and I MUST try them. Out of curiosity, do you know which bourbon you used? I’m something of a whiskey afficianado, and different bourbons could produce different results, based on the flavour profile of the bourbon….

    • We actually tried a new bourbon for these (not sure how happy Taylor was that I used up some of his precious bourbon for cupcakes) called Bulleit. I’m not a big straight bourbon drinker, but according to Taylor it has a bit more ‘kick’ than some of the more filtered whiskeys. Hey, it made for good cupcakes!

  19. These sound so good. I would have never thought about pairing peach with bourbon. I’m so impressed with your marzipan peach! That is the cutest cupcake, almost too cute to eat!

  20. Hurrah! Just got masses of peaches in our CSA delivery yesterday and now have the perfect thing to make with them. And the marzipan fruit?! Adorable.

  21. Lovely cupcake. Lovely post. A must-try recipe, definitely. Thank you for sharing.

  22. I’ve just returned from a vacation New Orleans and these cupcakes take me right back there. I can’t wait to make them.

  23. I’m a kitchen dunce – how do you make the peach puree? Food processor? Do you peel the peaches first? Thanks!

    And a tidbit (I’m from Kentucky): Bourbon is a type of whiskey – but while whiskey can be made from many different grains, bourbon must be at least 51% corn. It’s like rectangle/square: all bourbons are whiskeys, not all whiskeys are bourbons. And while bourbon originated in Kentucky, it can be made anywhere (Tennessee is another big state for bourbon)!

    • I did peel the peaches, then popped them in the blender for a minute or so. I needed about 4 peaches for the entire batch of puree for both the cake and the frosting.

      And thanks for the insight on the whiskey/bourbon!

  24. Wow! These look beyond amazing!
    I love that these have coconut milk in them too! Can’t wait to give these a try!

  25. Oh wow this is so cute! Where did you get the mini peach decoration from?! Or did you make it yourself?

  26. Wow! Peaches, bourbon AND coconut milk? Now, that’s a trifecta of flavors. Can’t wait to try making these. I’m sure they’ll disappear fast.

  27. Beautiful recipe. I love the little peach on top, so cute!

  28. These cupcakes are great. I like to use them for bridal shower and girlfriends birthday parties. I get my peaches sent to me straight from the farm http://www.pearsonfarm.com. These peaches are great.

  29. I’m not even a cupcake person but OMG you said my 2 favorite things: peaches and bourbon. I will be making these.

  30. These are so beautiful!! I’ve never had (or even heard of) a peach bourbon cupcake, but I can imagine it’s a wonderful flavor combination :)

  31. GoodGRAVY you’re amazing! I cannot get over how adorable these are!

  32. Those are too cute. And yummy I am sure.

  33. Love this idea! And I just happen to have all of the ingredients, too. Especially the bourbon. I’ve got to get through graduate school somehow, am I right?

  34. Oh, gosh — I love the sound of these. And you’ve timed them perfectly, since peach season is in full swing. Kudos on the bourbon pairing too — one of my favorites!

  35. …amazing combination…looks so elegant too…

  36. I still can’t make my cupcakes look like yours. I try and I try. Magnificent!

  37. I made these last night and they were a big success. The cupcakes are moist and delicious, but I found the icing very sweet (with only 3 cups of sugar). I might try light cream cheese icing next time.

  38. Great combination – peach & bourbon mmmmmmmmmm!
    I’ll be adding this to my fruity cupcake scrapbook!

  39. These took my breath away. Yum!

  40. These look amazing! I’ve been keeping my eyes out for good peach recipes, since I live in the south, and peaches are basically everywhere. Also, I love bourbon.

  41. Anything with bourbon in it, sounds great already. Cute cupcakes.

  42. Great cupakes! I love the little peach on top!

  43. That marzipan peach is so stinking cute

  44. Can you give me any suggestions for what the almond meal can be substituted with? I have looked at my local market before and have never found any. This looks like another amazing recipe-thanks for sharing!!!

    • If you can’t find almond meal, you can make your own by finely grinding almonds in a blender or food processor. We get ours at Trader Joe’s, you may try some more specialty/health food stores to find it.

  45. now you just need a little marzipan bourbon bottle!

  46. What is almond meal? Is it a type of almond flour ? I would love to try these out but confused about that ingredient.

    • Almond meal is basically finely ground almonds. You could substitute almond flour if you can find it, or make your own by finely grinding almonds in a blender/food processor.

  47. Those are adorable! I love peaches, so these are getting bookmarked.

  48. I made this recipe last night. Tasty, but not as peach flavoured as I expected.

  49. The peach cupcakes sound really wonderful! If I didn’t want to use bourbon, what could I substitute with?

  50. Hi

    How do you make peach puree and can I use frozen peaches in this recipe.

  51. Oh my god – When I saw the first picture I thought that you had bought the peaches on the top – I didnt realise you had made them! They look great.

    I like peaches but my girlfriend doesnt so I dont think I’ll ever end up making these though :(

  52. Hi, i was just wondering if i can make these without the bourbon, would it make a big difference? Or would it be okay?

  53. Hi,
    These look amazing! I was just wondering if there is a reason why you use coconut milk in all your cupcakes? It sounds yummy though? Do you use sweet or non sweet? If I dont have coconut milk can I replace it with regualr milk? Thank you, I love your cupcakes!

  54. Actually, I had the same question as Ciara (see above). I can’t have coconut, but your cupcakes look amazing and I’d love to make them. What could I use as a substitute for the coconut milk?

  55. Is there any substitutions for the almond meal to make it nut free?

  56. Absolutely awful. The cupcakes tasted alright, but took about double the time to cook properly than stated in the recipe. They also sunk in the middle major, making them resemble a mushy consistency. The frosting required about triple the amount of sugar because there was too much peach purre and the fronting separated horribly. Over all tasted alright, but awful recipe and I had to apologize to the customers that I delivered them too. 1-10 rating is a solid .5

  57. I would love to have these for my birthday. How do you make the mini peach?

  58. I love these cupcakes. How can I make the mini peach? Also possibly mini pussywillow trees? Thanks

  59. Can Peach Schnapps be used instead of Bourbon? And what is the texture like on these cupcakes? Are they meant to be light or dense like a muffin. I made another “peach cupcake” which actually had the texture more like a muffin. They were good, but not what I expected. I would prefer something more cupcake like. Thanks.

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