I’m a big believer in multi-tasking tools in the kitchen. I don’t have a ton of storage space so I like finding ways to use what I already own in new ways. For example- using muffin tins to make peach buttermilk mini cakes!
I saw similar cakes made in a recent issue of Bon Appetit Magazine and thought this was such a brilliant idea. Not everything has to be muffins or cupcakes! Raw turbinado sugar sprinkled on top gives these moist little cakes a sweet crunch with every bite. You can swap out the peaches in this recipe with pretty much any fruit you like. I also made it with strawberries and those cakes were equally awesome. Keep in mind you’re making 12 mini cakes with this recipe so you could technically top each cake with a different fruit! Swap out the peaches and berries for apples and pears and suddenly this dessert is perfect for fall.
No one wants a large, heavy dessert in the middle of summer. These muffin tin cakes are just the right amount of sweetness at the end of a meal.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- 2 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced thin
- 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large muffin tin with baking spray or butter.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
- In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the brown sugar and butter together for several minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla and orange zest on low speed. Scrape down the sides.
- With the mixer running on low speed, alternate between adding the flour mixture and buttermilk until just combined. Scrape down the sides and stir by hand briefly to make sure the batter is evenly mixed.
- Distribute the batter evenly into the muffin cups and flatten the tops. Place a few slices of peach on top of each cake and press slightly into the batter. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar generously on top of each cake.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.