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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16 Responses to “Blackberry Lime Curd”

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — March 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

    How yummy, and the color is so beautiful!

    • beantownbaker — March 18th, 2013 @ 10:59 am

      Yes, I absolutely love the color of this curd!

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    Megan — March 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I love fruit curds. This combination sounds wonderful. I’ve been wanting to make passionfruit curd for a long time. Hopefully I will get to that soon.

    • beantownbaker — March 18th, 2013 @ 11:00 am

      The passionfruit curd is definitely my favorite of all time. It’s just such a unique flavor.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — March 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I love lemon curd on a good fruit quickbread. I once made lemon loaf with lemon curd and it was to DIE for. How long to curds typically keep in the fridge?

    • beantownbaker — March 18th, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

      Oohhh… double lemon – sounds delicious. They never stay around very long when I make them, but I think they’d be fine in the fridge for a week or two.

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    Shannon — March 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

    this sounds delicious! I’ve got some key lime curd in my fridge, not sure what I’ll do with the last bit of it…

    • beantownbaker — March 19th, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

      Key lime curd – YUM! Did you juice them yourself? They’re so tiny.

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    Sues — March 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I love the idea of a blackberry lime curd… two of my favorite flavors married into curd! I love meyer lemon curd, too 🙂

    • beantownbaker — March 19th, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

      I still haven’t been able to find meyer lemons at my store. Of course, I haven’t looked too hard either…

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    Michelle — March 21, 2013 at 7:51 am

    This looks delicious! And I love anything that gives me a use for egg yolks, since I use whites so often.

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

      I’m the same way. I hoard recipes that take divided eggs. Now that I started making ice cream, I need more that use whites…

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    Jenny — April 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    If you make a cake or something with the curd in it or on it does it need to be refrigerated?

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    Emily — October 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    This looks amazing, but I was wondering how much it made, I have picked enough blackberries to make 3 times this. Xx

    • beantownbaker — October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:26 am

      It made probably 2.5-3 cups of curd. Hope you enjoy it!

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