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Nectarine Cupcake

Filled and topped with fresh stone fruit, everyone's favorite handheld treat gets a summertime update.

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  • Yield: Makes 1 dozen
Nectarine Cupcake

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2010



  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium nectarines, peeled, halved, pitted, and finely chopped (1 1/4 cups)


  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 medium nectarine, halved, pitted, and very thinly sliced, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cupcakes: Sift together flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir together milk and vanilla.

  2. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With mixer running, add eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating twice with milk mixture.

  3. Line a standard muffin tin with baking cups. Fill each with 1 tablespoon batter, 1 heaping tablespoon chopped nectarines, and an additional 2 tablespoons batter. Bake until edges begin to turn golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool in tin.

  4. Make the topping: Whisk together cream, sour cream, and sugar to medium peaks. Top cupcakes with a dollop of cream and nectarine slices.

Cook's Note

Peaches, plums, or apricots work just as well as nectarines.

Reviews (3)

  • Eva gunnarsdottir 28 Jun, 2014

    I just made these cupcakes with peaches. That are sooooo good! I would recomend them to anyone. I only made half of the cream mix and it was enough for a dollop on all of them. Would not put any more than I did. Fantastic cupcakes and I'm making more tomorrow!

  • Fabulousm 26 Aug, 2011

    I tried a version of this with peaches and it turned out beautifully! Thank you. The cake is light and has the wonderful fruit to keep it moist.

  • Flo_Jo 9 Aug, 2011

    This recipe turned out great for me! I used plums, which work really well. I didn't follow the instructions totally perfectly, but it still turned out fine. I definitely recommend this recipe!

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