I really love planning a party! I can find any excuse necessary to create a menu, pull out decorations, and make everything on my table match. Don’t believe me? Just last night I spent at least an hour considering throwing a FRIENDS party. It’s only my all-time favorite tv show ever!
There is no good reason to throw a FRIENDS party.
There is no tv reunion happening.
The show has been in reruns for over a decade.
But I have friends! And they’re great! And I can’t think of any better reason to make Phoebe’s chocolate chip cookies, or Rachel’s Thanksgiving trifle (minus the beef sauteed with peas and onions).
But I digress…
I started planning Ivy’s first birthday party when she was 6 months old. I couldn’t wait to throw her the sweetest, most beautiful, peachy party! I spent months on Pinterest finding every peach idea possible and pinning every cute first birthday party photo idea I could find. It was so much fun and worth every
minute hour I spent.
I finally settled on these delicious peach cupcakes with peach buttercream, and I couldn’t have been more pleased!
Is it too early to start planning for her second birthday party?
Peach Cupcakes with Peach Buttercream
2-2 ½ cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup sugar
1 cup fresh peach puree
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar
¾ cup butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup peach puree
Vanilla, to taste
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin, or lightly grease and flour a 9-inch round or 8-inch square cake pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar into a bowl. In a measuring cup, mix together the peach puree, oil and vanilla. Add the peach mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk together until combined. At this point, you may want to add some yellow and food colouring to achieve a peachier colour. When the batter is smooth, add the vinegar and stir quickly. The batter will foam slightly where the baking soda and vinegar are reacting. Stir just until the vinegar is evenly distributed throughout the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 20 minutes if making cupcakes, or 25 to 30 minutes it making cake. Allow to cool before glazing or frosting.
Whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until well combined. Add peach puree and vanilla and beat again until smooth. You may want to add some yellow and red food colouring to achieve a peachier colour.
Can be piped or spread onto cakes.