Honestly, I don’t know what the difference between Cupcakes is and Muffins. Do you? I like to hear your thoughts.
Peach, Oatmeal and Apricot Jam Cupcakes or Muffins
- 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour
- ½ cup oatmeal
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup peach juice
- ½ cup sour cream
- 20 canned peach halves or quarters in juice, drained
- ¼ cup peach or apricot jam
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 20 standard muffin cups with paper liners.
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, then add the oatmeal and make a well in the center. Melt the butter and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat.
Wisk the combined egg and peach juice into the sour cream. Add both the butter and the egg mixtures to the well in the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
Divide the mixture evenly among the paper liners and place a peach half or quarter, cut side up, on the top of each cake. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center of a cake.
Transfer onto a wire rack to cool. Heat the jam in a small saucepan until melted. Brush a little jam over each cake.
Note: I did not have sour cream so I used yogurt instead (1/2 cup), but not just a yogurt the Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt. It was an amazing addition of the passion fruit to the cupcake.
ClaudiaFebruary 21, 2012 at 1:18 am
Muffins are for breakfast. Cupcakes are dessert. At least that is what I was led to believe in my early years. However your lovelies are both!
NishFebruary 21, 2012 at 1:29 am
Well my friend always says that a muffin is the uglier friend of a cupcake! Using that logic and seeing how beautiful your cakes turned out I think you should go with with cupcakes 🙂
MarinaFebruary 21, 2012 at 2:16 am
I don't know the difference either, so you are not alone! 🙂 Whatever you name it, they look lovely. I love the way you decorated the egg crate, cute!
EliotseatsFebruary 21, 2012 at 2:22 am
These muffin/cupcakes look delicious. How good would these be with fresh peaches this summer!?!?!?!
AnonymousFebruary 21, 2012 at 4:26 am
They certainly look delicious whatever you want to call them! I think the difference is the butter and sugar is well beaten in cupcakes and then flour & leavenings and liquid is added alternating.
With muffins, you make a well in the center of your flour & leavenings and add ALL the wet ingredients at once…
That's my best guess – make sense? However, I'd eat these and you can call them anything!
AmyFebruary 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm
Yup, Ann has it right. Cupcakes are basically cake baked in a muffin pan – you cream your butter and sugar together before adding other ingredients. Muffins are made using a quick bread style batter, like yours, where you just add wet ingredients to dry and mix briefly before baking. That said, you'll find recipes calling a cupcake a muffins and vice versa.
anneMarch 6, 2012 at 11:44 am
The difference is cupcakes are with cream frosting and muffins are not.