Strawberry Peach Basil Cupcakes


We had a bakoff at work and I wanted to make a cupcake with a creative flavor combination. To get inspiration I decided to flip through the Iron Cupcake Earth Flickr pool. There are some great cupcake photos in there! I could spend hours just browsing through that photo pool… I came across this recipe and thought it sounded perfect. I’ve made lemon blueberry basil cupcakes before that were delicious.

I used the recipe from Take the Cannoli as inspiration for the flavor combo but just used my own recipes. The cupcakes are Martha Stewart’s yellow buttermilk cupcakes that I made recently with rave reviews.

For the filling, I used the peach jam I just made. I stirred in about two cups of fresh strawberries and reduced it on the stove until it thickened up even more. Then I let the jam mixture cool.

Once the jam was completely cool, I strained some of it through the strainer to get out any pulp and seeds. That strained off version is the sauce that I added to the top of the cupcakes for some additional color. I added some thinly sliced fresh basil to the remaining jam mixture to use to fill the cupcakes.

For the frosting, I used the same base recipe that I posted yesterday, using french vanilla pudding. This base frosting recipe is great and very easy to mix up. Once it was mixed, I added some of the jam filling to the frosting until it got enough of a hint of the fruit and basil without being over powering. Then I added another pinch of the freshly chopped basil just for good measure. I enjoy this type of frosting best at room temperature, so while I do store these cupcakes overnight in the fridge, definitely let them warm up a bit before serving.

I’m happy to announce that I did win the Innovation Award for most creative flavor combination. All the hard work and taste testing paid off!

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Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
1 stick salted butter, softened
1/2 pkg french vanilla instant pudding mix
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (or more to suit your tastes) powdered sugar

Directions:

In mixer set on medium speed, beat the butter until smooth and silky.

Turn the speed to low and add the pudding mix, when it is all incorporated, slowly add the cream, a little at a time. When fully incorporated bring speed up to high and beat for 5-7 minutes.

Turn speed back down to low and add powdered sugar by Tbsp., tasting along the way. When it is sweet to your taste, beat again at high speed for a good 5 minutes to really break down any graininess that you might get from the powdered sugar.

Bring back down to low speed and beat for a while that way to get rid of air bubbles.

Recipe from Fields of Cake

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13 Responses to “Raspberry Chipotle Jam”

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    Samantha — January 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Raspberry and chipotle! what a combo. I love this idea. I could put chipotle in anything and be happy.

    • beantownbaker — January 22nd, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

      Chipotle is a flavor I’m learning to love as I use it more and more!

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    Ashley @ My Midwest Table — January 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Holy yum! This jam reminds me of the sauce in one of my favorite appetizers from a little restaurant in Kansas. It was raspberry chipotle sauce combined with cream cheese and black beans, and it was served warm with tortilla chips. The best!

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

      Is it So Long Saloon by chance?…

      If so, check back on Tuesday…

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

      BTW, I just saw in your bio that you went to Purdue – I did too! Aero engineering for me. Crazy about that shooting this week…

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    Ashley @ My Midwest Table — January 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Yes, So Long Saloon! We lived in Manhattan for a few years while my husband worked on his PhD. Can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up on Tuesday!

    Goodness, what a coincidence that you are a Purdue alumna too! Yes, so crazy and so sad.

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    Shannon — January 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    this is definitely one i’ll need to make, great flavor combo 🙂

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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Oh gosh, this is such a fun flavor combination 🙂 I can’t wait to try this out!

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    Jac — September 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I am super excited to try this recipe out. I love idea of the sweet of the fruit and the heat of the pepper. I will let you know how mine turns out.

    *I just moved to Boston which is how I found your website. I’m sorta sad that you moved back to Ohio because I would love to meet you. 😀

    • beantownbaker — September 12th, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

      Hope it turns out well for you! We love this jam. It’s really good on a breakfast sandwich.

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    MezzoBetsy — September 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Oh, yum! I’m a great fan of using jams, marmalades and chutneys with meat in the crockpot or as a glaze on roasts. This would be perfect on a pork tenderloin.

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    Joy — January 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    how do you make it without the jam maker? I have a breadmaking machine that can make jelly, would it work about the same?

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    Lucinds — July 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Are there any water bath instructions?

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