Peach Buttermilk Mini Cakes Recipe ~ Summer Dessert ~ Savory Simple

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!

Peach Buttermilk Mini Cakes Recipe ~ Summer Dessert ~ Savory Simple

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.

Peach Buttermilk Mini Cakes Recipe ~ Summer Dessert ~ Savory Simple

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.

Peach Buttermilk Mini Cakes
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Serves: 12 mini cakes
  • 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
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large muffin tin with baking spray or butter.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Adapted from Bon Appetit


More Peach Recipes

Savory Simple – Grilled Avocado and Peach Salsa
Savory Simple – Boozy Peaches and Cream Milkshake
Savory Simple – Peach Yogurt Muffins
Mango Tomato – Blueberry Peach Oatmeal Muffins
Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Peach Lemonade
Family Spice – Homemade Peach Jam

  • ashley – baker by nature

    I’m so into peaches lately, and these are just stunning, Jen! Wish I was eating one for dessert right now :) xo, love!

  • Olga @ MangoTomato

    Know what I love most about this? That your cookie sheets are as messy as mine ;)

  • Olga @ MangoTomato

    And just noticed you linked to my recipe ;) Thanks!!

  • Caroline

    These look delectable! I LOVE the addition of turbinado…it gives them a pretty sparkle on top and that great crunch! YUM.

  • Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    The turbinado sugar is brilliant, and it looks so pretty! It practically sparkles!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    These are adorable! I like the idea of topping each cake with a different fruit.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I just posted a peach recipe today too – and right after I did, I saw these little peach cups almost like yours on the Bon Appetit website. They look like a mini French Almond Financiers, but in cup form. Like yours do! And yours are gorgeous!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Do you mean their apricot cakes? Those were in the most recent issue and are where I got the idea from to create mini cakes in muffin tins.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I’m obsessed with mini desserts, these are the cutest!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    I am so excited for peach season! These little mini cakes sound wonderful!
    Thanks for linking to my lemonade.

  • Lauren

    Love this! I can’t wait until peaches start showing up in droves at the farmer’s market — seems like they’re a little late this year.

  • Tieghan

    These are beautiful! I love cute little muffins. Plus, I am all over peaches in everything. So good!

  • Dan from Platter Talk

    Oh, how I love peach season! I also love how these are smaller and lighter – perfect for summer and one of my favorite seasonal indulgences! Great post.

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    God, Jennifer. In my next life can I live in your pictures? It looks like a magical world and these look like magical cakes. Yum!

  • ThisBakerGirlBlogs

    They look delicious and the photographs are just gorgeous.

  • Kathryn

    Love the look of these little cakes!

  • Hari Chandana

    They look so cute and tempting.. thanks for sharing dear :)

  • Jamie @lifelovelemons

    Ohh beautiful, and just the right size!

  • Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    I make mini crab cakes in my mini muffin tin! These are such perfect little bites for summer, maybe with a little whipped cream…yum.

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie

    Ah! SO cute!! I just made mini quiches for a baby shower in my mini muffin tin, I adore it!

  • Tracy | Peanutbutter and Onion

    Mini cakes… I’m in!!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections

    I agree! I love multitasking tools in the kitchen! These cakes look delish!

  • carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Great peach recipe, Jen…love these little cakes! I’ve just moved to Georgia, the peach state :), so have been looking for some delicious peach recipes. This definitely fits!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Oh boo, we’re not neighbors anymore? I had hoped we’d hang out someday.

  • Gina

    I definitely need to make these. My family will love them. Heading over to grab the recipe now.

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    A simple dessert at its very best. Yum!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    Love the look of these little cakes!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    I love peach season! These look perfect, Jennifer!

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  • Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    My daughter and I were just picking black raspberries yesterday at a place with glorious peach trees (we have not glorious or at least unladen peach trees in our yard) so I look forward to peach season since I’m out of peaches in the freezer fruit stash!
    I love multitasking kitchen appliances (no asparagus steamer here) and this a great use for my beloved muffin tin.

  • Jackie {Domestic Fits}

    These are beautiful! perfect to serve on the 4th with a big scoop of ice cream.

  • Gerry @ foodness gracious

    These look so good, ditto what Jackie said :)

  • Valerie

    *Bookmarking* this for the sad herd of apricots waiting to be put to use!

  • Kate@Diethood

    Swear! I made peach and sour cream little cakes just the other day! Just like this! Swear! :) It goes back to that convo on FB about bloggers making similar recipes. But, I also swear that mine did not look this pretty. Honest. Your photos rock!

  • Jennifer @ Not Your Momma’s Cookie

    Such a fabulous idea! I never thought to make mini cakes in my muffin pan :) Plus, the peaches around here are so awesome right now, this would be perfect! Hope you’re having a wonderful Fourth, Jen!

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon

    Absolutely beautiful! The peaches have been so, so good this summer!

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings

    That’s right! Doesn’t have to be called cupcakes or muffins…mini cakes are a perfect name! i want to eat some, like, right now. Hellooo…!

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh goodness! Too cute :) everything is better and tastier when mini!

  • Bill

    Peaches and buttermilk sounds like such a rich and interesting flavor combination. I would love to try these!

  • Roz

    Lovely way to use fresh peaches right now! I found you over on the FB group and decided to look up your blog: quite lovely with delicious recipes. Glad to now subscribe to follow you along and meet another wonderful foodie friend.


  • Grubarazzi

    These looks so delicious. I can imagine them with every type of fruit, especially blueberries!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Peaches are extremely expensive here in Japan and I can’t afford to use them to bake. =P I saved this recipe already and going to try when I go back – I hope peaches or nectarines are still in season!

  • Sarah | Yahoo! Shine

    Love that these are perfection portioned, and my, what beauties!

  • Sasha

    Ooh! I saw this recipe is BA too and fell in love. Good job! Now I’m even more motivated to make them.

  • Laura @ Family Spice

    Oooh I love these little bites! And baked peaches are the best. I love summer! Thank you for sharing my peach jam recipe, too.

  • Lou

    Is the recipe for smaller than standard muffin tins? I followed the recipe but it only yielded 7 muffins aka mini cakes. Seems like the recipe needs to be doubled to make twelve. Or did I put too much batter into each muffin spot?

    • Jennifer Farley

      I used standard muffin tins so my guess is that you overfilled the first 7 slots. If you divide the batter evenly among the 12 slots you’ll will get 12 mini-cakes. If you look at the photos I’ve included you’ll note the cakes aren’t as tall as a regular muffin. Were your 7 cakes taller than those?

  • Tamkeen

    Hi, can i make these in mini muffin tray ?? Just bite size for a large gathering, would i need to double the recipe as my mini muffin tray is for 24 mini muffins. Pls help

    • Jennifer Farley

      That should be ok but you’re going to want to keep a close eye on them while they’re cooking and start checking for doneness after 12-13 minutes. I can’t tell you precisely how long they’ll take to cook but it will be less time than my version since they’re smaller!