I’m a sucker for a good surprise, so I couldn’t resist Megan’s invitation to participate in the surprise announcement of her latest project. I whipped up some cupcakes based on Heidi‘s recipe for plum buttermilk cake in her latest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. Instead of using plums, I mixed in (surprise!) nectarines, and topped each with honey-sweetened whipped cream.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 18 cupcakes 1x
- Category: Dessert
Although these cupcakes are made with whole wheat flour and significantly less butter and sugar than most, they make delicious, celebration-worthy late summer treats. Top each cupcake with a dollop of homemade, honey-sweetened whipped cream and enjoy!
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ cup raw (turbinado) sugar, plus more for dusting
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk (make your own by adding 1 tablespoon and two teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar to milk. Let sit for 5 minutes.)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- Zest of 2 large lemons, or 3 small
- 4 nectarines, thinly sliced, then cut each slice in half
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees with a rack in the top third of the oven. Line your muffin tin with cupcake wrappers.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt).
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and lemon zest.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry mixture and stir just until it’s mostly combined.
- Stir in your sliced nectarines, saving about 18 slices to place on top of the cupcakes before baking.
- Spoon your cupcakes into the prepared muffin tin. Top each one with a slice of nectarine and a light sprinkle of raw sugar.
- Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Yields approximately 18 cupcakes.
▸ Nutrition Information
Honey whipped cream ingredients:
- 1 cup chilled heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions: Place a mixing bowl in the freezer for about ten minutes. Once it is chilled, pour in the milk and honey. Using an electric mixer, eggbeater or a whisk, whisk the milk until it has doubled in volume and holds its peaks.