I know my 4th of July desserts could be more festive but this year I’m not really color coordinating with the holiday and just going with something fun and different, and of course something with amazing flavor! I made these Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes a few months ago and I know they wouldn’t end there. I love cupcakes and I love when you can convert a traditional cake into an individual cupcake, like these German Chocolate Cupcakes or these Cheesecake Cupcakes. People always just love them that much more and serving them up is cleaner and easier.
Yield: 6 cupcakes
4 Tbsp (2 oz) butter, melted*
6 Tbsp (74g) slightly packed light-brown sugar
2 medium peaches (10 oz), peeled if desired, cored and each sliced into 12 slices
1/2 cup (71g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (76g) cornmeal
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp (1.5 oz) butter, melted
1/2 cup (110g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup (160ml) buttermilk
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving
Raspberries and fresh mint, for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray each well of a 6-cup jumbo muffin pan with cooking spray. Divide 4 Tbsp melted butter among wells, adding about 2 tsp to each, then evenly sprinkle 1 tbsp of the brown sugar into each well over butter. Layer peaches over brown sugar layer, adding 4 slices to each well. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In a separate mixing bowl mix together sugar and 3 Tbsp melted butter then whisk in egg, vanilla and buttermilk, mixing until well blended. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and using a wooden spoon, stir just until combined. Divide mixture among muffin cups adding about a 1/4 cup to each, then spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean (or with a crumb or two), about 18 - 21 minutes. At this point they'll likely have tiny domes in the center so take a clean kitchen towel or a few paper towels and gently press down on the centers to level. Let cool 5 minutes. Run a knife around edge to loosen if needed then set a wire rack over pan and invert onto wire rack (tap bottom of wells to help coax out). Let cool and serve topped with whipped cream and decorate with raspberries and mint or serve warm with vanilla ice cream.