Peach Bellini Cupcakes

Peach Bellini Cupcakes are studded with diced fresh peaches, filled with champagne pastry cream, and topped with swirls of fluffy peach buttercream. Cheers!

Peach Bellini Cupcakes

Peach season is almost here, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some fresh peaches a little earlier than usual. Once plucked, there’s a short window of time to enjoy them before they wrinkle up and spoil. So, needless to say, I was pressed to use them quickly. As a result, last Sunday we had peach tea with our brunch and Peach Melba for dessert. Then, the idea for these Peach Bellini Cupcakes came to me as another way to use up fresh peaches. However, you don’t have to use fresh peaches in this recipe – canned are fine too!

These cupcakes taste absolutely celebratory. Champagne (or prosecco) infuses the cakes and their pastry cream centers. Diced peaches float throughout to cake, and a swirl of fluffy peach buttercream is the finishing flourish.

Peach Bellini Cupcakes

Make the batter.

Start by creaming the butter and sugar together. I used a hand mixer and things turned out just fine. Then add flour and champagne alternately. As usual, begin and end with the flour to build the best texture.

Dice the peaches.

Chop fresh peaches fine, to about 1/4 inch dice. You’ll need 2/3 cup of diced peaches, which is about 1 1/4 medium-sized fresh peaches. Again, canned peaches are just fine to use here. Just pat them dry before chopping them and adding them to the recipe.

If you’re new to peeling peaches, then be sure to check out my article for Food.com – How to Peel Peaches 3 Ways.

Add the peaches to the batter and mix them in using a rubber spatula. If using canned peaches, which aren’t as firm, use a folding motion so they don’t tear or break down.

Lighten the batter with egg whites.

Yes – it’s an extra step, but whipped egg whites make the base of this cupcake spongy and soft. Fold them in carefully. Hastily stirring them in will deflate the batter and decrease your overall yield. Mindful, careful folding of the egg whites gives the cupcake a sponge cake texture that holds up well to fillings and frostings.

Line cupcake tins with papers, and then portion out the batter using a trigger ice cream scoop. I ended up with about 18 cupcakes.

Bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean. Then cool them completely on a wire rack.

Champagne pastry cream.

Ah, my favorite element of this confection! Champagne pastry cream is so delicious and smooth – and it’s not too hard to make. Prepare it a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator, if you have time constraints.

Core the cupcakes using a small paring knife, and save the cut out piece. Fill each cupcake with about 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of champagne pastry cream. Using the same paring knife, cut the reserved cake pieces flat to create a ‘lid’ and cover the pastry cream with it.

Peachy hues.

The peach-flavored frosting was a color experiment gone right! I wanted it to not only have the flavor of peaches (thanks to LorAnn peach flavoring oil), but the color variation as well. So I whipped up some orangey-peach buttercream and painted two lines of red gel food color inside a piping bag. After the bag is loaded with the buttercream and piped, it creates a pleasing swirl reminiscent of peach peel.

See the recipe for further instruction, and for the brand and color of gel food color I used to achieve this effect.

Peach Bellini Cupcakes

Bubbly!

This isn’t the first time I’ve added white nonpareils for a bubbly appearance (see this Cherry Limeade Cake). It’s just the perfect touch to evoke the feelings of a fizzy drink. Pipe the frosting onto a cupcake, and immediately add the white nonpareils. This buttercream crusts, so you must add the sprinkles immediately. If you wait too long, they’ll bounce right off!

Peach Bellini Cupcakes
Peach Bellini Cupcakes

Inspired by the Venice-borne cocktail made with champagne and peach puree, these Peach Bellini Cupcakes hold the same sparkling flavor. Bellini are often served as an accompaniment to creamy, salty or spicy foods. So these cupcakes would make a fine dessert after a big plate of alfredo pasta with focaccia. Or spicy bucatini. However, I think they go with everything. (Especially brunch.)

Related recipe: Homemade Peach Cobbler in a Cone

Peach Bellini Cupcakes

Heather Baird
Inspired by the Italian Bellini cocktail, these toast-worthy cakes will be the star of your next happy celebration. The cupcakes are infused with champagne or prosecco, and filled with chopped fresh peaches. This flavorful foundation holds pockets of champagne pastry cream inside. The cupcakes are topped with peach-flavored buttercream in peach-peel hues.
This recipe calls for fresh peaches, but if they're not in season, then canned peaches work just fine! Pat them dry with paper towels before chopping them and adding them to this recipe.
For the frosting, you’ll need to purchase a small bottle of LorAnn peach flavoring oil. See links for resources. Or, instead of the oil, you may use 2 tablespoons of peach schnapps.
This recipe yields 16-18 cupcakes, more or less depending on how carefully you fold the whipped egg whites into the cupcake batter.
4.39 from 34 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
1 hour cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 6 large egg whites from eggs, not from a carton
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 3/4 cup champagne or prosecco or other sparkling white wine
  • 2/3 cup fresh peaches 1/4" dice or diced canned peaches

Champagne pastry cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup champagne or prosecco
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Peach buttercream

Instructions
 

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line cupcake pans with 18 paper liners. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks; set aside.
  • In another bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. In yet another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture alternately with the champagne. Stir in the chopped peaches.
  • Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter until incorporated. Then, fold in the remaining egg whites.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared cups. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Champagne pastry cream

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of the heavy cream and the cornstarch. Whisk in the whole egg and egg yolks. Set aside.
  • Combine the remaining heavy cream, sugar, and champagne in a saucepan; bring to a boil then remove from the heat. Pour 1/3 of the hot champagne mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly so the eggs do not cook. Return the remaining champagne/heavy cream mixture to a boil. Pour in the hot egg mixture in a stream, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
  • Let cool to room temperature. Cover the surface of the pastry cream with plastic wrap so it doesn’t form a skin. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Peach buttercream

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add milk or cream a little at a time until the mixture is light, fluffy, and of piping consistency. Add the peach flavor and beat again until incorporated. Add 1-2 drops each of the neon yellow and neon orange food color to the buttercream. Beat until well incorporated, scraping down the bowl when necessary. Add more of each color to intensify the hue, if desired. The end result should be a vivid orangey-peach color. I used about 4 drops of each color. Add the food color a little at a time so you don't overdo it.
  • Fit a disposable piping bag with a large French pastry tip. Squirt a little of the red food color in a condiment cup. Dip a kitchen-dedicated soft bristle brush into the red food color and paint a thick line of red food color inside the decorator tip and all the way up the length of the bag. Repeat this step directly across form the first painted line (you could use the piping bag seams for a guide, if your bag has two seams directly across from each other).
  • On a scrap of parchment or paper towel, squeeze a little of the frosting out of the bag until the red color starts to show. Set aside.

Assembly

  • Core the cupcakes by cutting out a small divot in the centers with a paring knife; save the pieces. Transfer the pastry cream to a disposable piping bag and snip off 1/2 inch hole in the end. Fill each cupcake with about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of the pastry cream. (You can also spoon in the pastry cream.) Trim the cut-out cake pieces flat to create “lids” and place them onto the filled divots.
  • Pipe a swirl of frosting onto a cupcake and immediately sprinkle a pinch of the white nonpareils on top. Repeat this process with each cupcake until all of the cupcakes are frosted and sprinkled. Just before serving, add a fresh mint leaf to each cupcake.

Notes

The cake portion of this recipe is adapted from “Bellini Belle Cupcakes” from the book Intoxicated Cupcakes by Kate Legere (2011 Running Press). The buttercream recipe and champagne pastry cream recipe are both original to Sprinkle Bakes.
Use real egg whites from eggs for the cake portion of this recipe. Carton egg whites sometimes have additional liquid added, and their replacement estimations wildly vary from different manufacturers. 
Keyword bellini cupcake, canned peaches, champagne pastry cream, fresh peaches, peach bellini cupcakes, peach cupcakes
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Sarah
Sarah
9 months ago

Heather, these are BEAUTIFUL! <3

Nitya
Nitya
9 months ago

My goodness, that piping! It’s beyond perfection! I could look at it all day. <3

Baby Ruth
Baby Ruth
9 months ago

The ingredients list 2 egg yolks. Egg whites are added in the recipe, no egg whites. Where do the egg yolks go? What about the egg whites?
Was this a typo?

Linda
Linda
9 months ago

Those are the prettiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen in my life you are brilliant

Katelyn c.
Katelyn c.
9 months ago
Reply to  Heather Baird

does the alcohol cook out?

can it be substituted for peach syrup or peach sparking water ?

Lin Cline
Lin Cline
8 months ago

Hi, I plan to make these for a meeting I’m hosting in a few weeks. I had frozen peaches last year and wondered if I could thaw those and use them? Thanks

Lin Cline
Lin Cline
8 months ago
Reply to  Heather Baird

I have to make four doz of these. Can I freeze just the cupcakes prior to the pastry cream and letting them comeback to room temp? Thanks again! I’m so excited to make these.

Sabrina
6 months ago

5 stars
oh my, what an elevated cupcake! Love these, thank you!