Summer peaches, boozy buttercream... what more does one need in a cupcake? You NEED these Peach Bourbon Cupcakes from Savory Simple!

I have always had a very difficult time with jet lag. It was a struggle for Jeff and I early in our relationship. We both love to travel and took several international trips together before getting married. He’s the type of traveler I always wanted to be; he can hop off a red eye flight, force himself to stay awake after we land and then wake up the next day energized and ready see the sights. Me, not so much.

Summer peaches, boozy buttercream... what more does one need in a cupcake? You NEED these Peach Bourbon Cupcakes from Savory Simple!

My entire body seems to rebel during the first few days of an overseas trip. It can take me up to a week to completely recover and feel like myself. It’s difficult enough when I lose a night of sleep (I am terrible at sleeping on flights). But the combination of that plus turning the clock ahead 6 hours or more sets off a chain reaction in my body that involves exhaustion and sometimes even stomach issues (which I will not detail in a cupcake post). Japan was the worst. My body had no idea how to process an 11 hour time difference after a 17 hour flight.

Summer peaches, boozy buttercream... what more does one need in a cupcake? You NEED these Peach Bourbon Cupcakes from Savory Simple!

We’re headed to Germany and the Czech Republic on Wednesday and for the first time ever, I have a plan of attack against the jet lag. I think it’s brilliant but everyone else keeps telling me I’m crazy. They are wrong. I’m a freaking genius.

Summer peaches, boozy buttercream... what more does one need in a cupcake? You NEED these Peach Bourbon Cupcakes from Savory Simple!

I’ve been slowly adjusting my internal clock (EST) to align with Germany time (CET). Melatonin has been a huge help. I take it a bit earlier every evening. This morning I woke up at 4:45am. Tomorrow I’m waking up at 4:15am. The morning of our flight I’m aiming for some time between 3:30am and 4:00am. Brilliant, right? Or crazy.

Whether all of this effort will work or not remains to be seen. But I am very optimistic! I’ve been falling asleep very early. I think it will help me pass out on the plane and will hopefully make the transition easier than it has been on previous journeys. Fingers crossed.

Summer peaches, boozy buttercream... what more does one need in a cupcake? You NEED these Peach Bourbon Cupcakes from Savory Simple!

I have a few recipes lined up for while I’m away but not much. It’s time to try and unplug for a bit, at least slightly. I think these cupcakes will more than make up for any lag in new posts. They’re really amazing if you love summer peaches as much as I do. The bourbon is very complimentary and adds a real kick to the buttercream.

Summer peaches, boozy buttercream... what more does one need in a cupcake? You NEED these Peach Bourbon Cupcakes from Savory Simple!

Peach Bourbon Cupcakes
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 12 cupcakes
for the cupcakes
  • 3½ ounces (3/4 cups) all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped ripe peaches (approximately 1½ peaches)
for the buttercream:
  • 1 ripe peach, pitted
  • ⅓ cup (2½ ounces) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • optional: 1-2 drops orange food coloring
prepare the cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place an oven rack in the middle position. Lightly spray a cupcake pan with cooking spray or fill it with cupcake liners first and then lightly spray them with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cornstarch. In a separate bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and bourbon.
  3. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on low speed for 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, allowing each egg to incorporate before adding the next one. Use a spatula to scrape down the side of the bowl. With the mixer still on low, quickly alternate between adding the flour mixture and liquid ingredients over approximately 30-60 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl all the way to the bottom and then turn the mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Stir in the chopped peaches by hand.
  4. Evenly distribute the batter between the 12 cupcake tins. Bake for approximately 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5-10 minutes, then carefully remove them from the pan to a cooling rack. The cupcakes can stay in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours before frosting, if desired.
prepare the buttercream
  1. Place the pitted peach in a sturdy blender and puree until smooth. Peeling it first is optional but recommended if using an older blender.
  2. Add sugar and water to a medium sized sauce pot. Cover and turn the heat to high. Once the liquid begins to simmer and steam has developed, remove the cover (this helps prevent crystallization). Using a candy thermometer, cook the sugar to the soft boil stage, 235-240 degrees F.
  3. While the sugar is simmering, whisk the eggs on high speed in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until they reach a soft peak.
  4. Turn the mixer speed down to medium low and very slowly pour the syrup down the side of the bowl into the egg whites. Don’t pour the hot syrup directly into the meringue or the eggs might scramble.
  5. Once the syrup is incorporated, turn the mixer to high speed and allow the mixture to continue forming a stiff peak while cooling down. Mix on high until the meringue has reached room temperature. Optionally, ice packs can be placed around the bowl to speed up this 15-20 minute process.
  6. Once the meringue is room temperature, very slowly begin incorporating the soft butter on medium speed. Once all of the butter has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high high and very slowly add ¼ cup of the peach puree, bourbon and food coloring, if using. If the mixture starts to curdle at any point, microwave 2 tablespoons of it for 5-7 seconds and then incorporate it back into the buttercream on high speed. That should bring it back together.
  7. Pipe the buttercream frosting onto the cupcakes and serve.
Additional chopped peaches (up to 1 cup) may be added to the cupcake batter. Just note that this will likely create leftover batter.

All granulated sugar may be used in the cupcakes as opposed to 50% granulated sugar and 50% brown sugar. The cupcakes will be slightly paler in appearance but will still taste excellent.


  • movita beaucoup

    I’m of the “arrive and stay awake until you want to barf” school. Still, your plan makes perfect sense to me. Of course, I think cupcakes are the ideal breakfast food, so…

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie

    I studied abroad in Germany in college! You’re going to have the best time!!! And these cupcakes are so great – love peach and bourbon together!

  • Meg

    These cupcakes look fantastic — I’m all about peaches this time of year. And have the best time while you’re away! Your jet lag trick is definitely innovative — hope it works out well for you!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    These cupcakes — DOUBLE YES. Have a great time in Germany and the Czech! I hear beer in a boot cures any jet lag. ;)

  • Ashley

    Good luck with the jet lag!!! Have an amazing trip! And these cupcakes…the flavors sound like perfection!

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    These look delicious. Have a fun trip! Surely after a few German beers you will feel good as new!

  • Leah

    These look amazing!!! Love the peach/bourbon combination!! I will be really interested to hear whether your jet lag plan works!! Going there I am usually not as messed up as on the return. Have a fabulous trip!! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Ileana

    Peach and bourbon! I heart this flavor combo so much.

  • Matt Robinson

    These are my favorite cupcakes ever, amazing. Hope you guys have an awesome time!!

  • Naomi

    I hope you get your sleep pattern down before your travels! The cupcakes of course look awesome.

  • sue/the view from great island

    You’ve outdone yourself — these are some of your most beautiful photos yet!

  • Jackie {The Beeroness}

    I LOVED Prague. There is a restaurant in a 500 year old wine cellar that I loved. And some underground jazz clubs that are awesome.
    Have fun!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I don’t suppose you remember the name of that restaurant? It sounds amazing and I’ve been lazy about researching this trip.

  • Kate @ Diethood

    You sure do know how to make purrdy things!

    Have loads of fun on your trip!!
    Пријатно! ;-)

  • Olivia – Primavera Kitchen

    wow.. these cupcakes looks gorgeous!

    I hope you have a great time!!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Just gorgeous, who could resist peaches and bourbon?!

  • Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Good luck! I have never traveled out of my time zone, but I’m sure I would be a train wreck! I NEED my sleep WHEN I need it. lol I also LOVE summer peaches. Such a sweet summer fruit. These sound so decadent. Will have to try these for sure!

  • Elizabeth – SugarHero!

    I think it’s a genius plan! Good luck with your sleep adjustment and have the best time during your travels!!

  • ashley – baker by nature


  • Kitchen Belleicious

    AMAZING! I am not sure I could stop myself after just 1 cupcake. They look tantalizing and so incredibly moist! Love them

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    I’m like Jeff on this one. Hope you’ll feel much better soon and that this cupcakes helped :)

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Have a wonderful trip! I’m struggling with the jet lag from Japan…. LOL. These cupcakes are beautiful and delicious! Love peach and bourbon combination – brilliant!

  • Rachel

    I’m curious about the heavy cream in this cupcake recipe. How does this (if it does) change the texture or flavor of the base?

    • Jennifer Farley

      Cream makes the cake very tender. You could also use 50% heavy cream and 50% whole milk.

  • Valerie

    Your plan is crazy, ergo, genius!! I hope it’s working (please let us know!).
    Drop dead gorge cupcakes!! Love the flavours…and the booze. ☺️

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    i swear cupcakes combined with booze will fix any mood! definitely craving one right now, they look SO good.

  • Laura Dembowski

    These cupcakes are beautiful! I love baking with peaches. It’s great that you have them in both the cake and frosting. The kick of bourbon is a fabulous addition.

    Enjoy your trip! I hope you beat jetlag.

  • Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish

    I love peaches, and I love bourbon… so these are a no-brainer!!! YUM.

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Dang I just used up all my bourbon making bourbon brownies and I am down to my last peach. Guess I just gotta buy more!

  • Cheryl

    You are not crazy.. that is genius! What we usually do is aim for flights that leave the States around 5 p.m. or so, so we have dinner, pop and Ambien and pass OUT. So when we wake, it’s probably, you know, 3 a.m. our time, but maybe 8 or 9 a.m. in Europe. Not exactly perfect BUT it just feels like we went to bed really early.. and the next day is a bit weird but not too bad. Never done Japan, but that’s on our list here soon.. can’t wait! By the way, these are GORGEOUS. As always. You are absolutely one of my favorite food photographers. The dark, the moody, ugh!

  • Becky

    I hear you as i have the same issues when I travel. Cannot sleep on the plane, but stay up and going. Stomach troubles… I have heard of the going to bed earlier and acclimate your body to the new time zone you are visiting and it always sounded good in theory – just never could pull it off. PLEASE let us know how it worked for you!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Becky, it worked like a charm! I took a sleep aid when I got on the plane and passed right out (which never ever happens, I think my body was just more ready for sleep that usual at 8pm). I slept almost the entire flight and then woke up in Europe ready to go. I’m going to do this anytime we travel overseas from now on.