Peach Bellini Cupcakes


Transport yourself to a world of sweet sophistication with a delightful twist on a classic cocktail – Peach Bellini Cupcakes. These heavenly treats infuse the refreshing flavors of ripe peaches and sparkling Prosecco into a moist cupcake, topped with a luscious peach buttercream frosting. In this article, we’ll uncover the secrets to creating these irresistible confections, perfect for any occasion from brunch gatherings to elegant soirées.



  • 6 large egg whites
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ¾ cup champagne or prosecco
  • 2/3 cup fresh peaches, diced (or canned peaches)

Champagne Pastry Cream:

  • ½ cup heavy cream, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 whole egg + 2 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup champagne or prosecco
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Peach Buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Milk or cream, as needed
  • ½ teaspoon LorAnn peach flavoring oil (or 2 tablespoons peach schnapps)
  • Chefmaster food colors: neon brite yellow, neon brite orange, and red red
  • 2 tablespoons white nonpareils
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. For Cupcakes: Beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Alternately add dry ingredients and champagne to the creamed mixture. Fold in egg whites and diced peaches.
  3. Bake for 18-22 minutes until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. For Pastry Cream: Whisk some cream with cornstarch and eggs. Heat remaining cream, sugar, and champagne, then blend with the egg mixture, cooking until thick. Add butter and vanilla, cool, and chill.
  5. Core Cupcakes: Remove a small section from each cupcake and fill with pastry cream. Replace the cake ‘lid’.
  6. For Buttercream: Beat butter, confectioners’ sugar, and peach flavoring. Color as desired. Paint the inside of a piping bag with red gel color for a ‘peach peel’ effect.
  7. Assemble: Pipe buttercream onto cupcakes, add nonpareils for a ‘bubbly’ look, and garnish with a mint leaf.
  8. Prep Time: 20 minutes
  9. Cook Time: 22 minutes
  10. Cooling: 1 hour
  11. Total Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
  12. Yield: 16-18 cupcakes


  1. Use fresh peaches for vibrant flavor, but canned works in a pinch.
  2. Ensure ingredients like butter and eggs are at room temperature for smooth mixing.
  3. Measure flour accurately to avoid dense cupcakes.
  4. Decorate immediately after frosting to ensure nonpareils stick to the buttercream.

Serving Tips:

  1. Chill Before Serving: For an extra refreshing treat, chill the Peach Bellini Cupcakes in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving. The cool temperature enhances the flavor and texture, reminiscent of a chilled Bellini cocktail.
  2. Garnish with Style: Before serving, adorn each cupcake with a slice of fresh peach or a sprinkle of edible gold dust to add a touch of elegance and visual appeal. This not only enhances the presentation but also hints at the delightful peach flavor within.
  3. Pairing Suggestions: Pair Peach Bellini Cupcakes with a glass of chilled Prosecco or a fruity white wine to complement the flavors of the cupcakes and create a sophisticated dessert experience. Alternatively, serve alongside a refreshing peach sorbet for a decadent dessert duo.
  4. Brunch Buffet Addition: These cupcakes are perfect for brunch gatherings. Display them on a tiered cake stand alongside other brunch favorites like fresh fruit, croissants, and quiches for a delightful and Instagram-worthy spread.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover Peach Bellini Cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain their freshness. Due to the perishable nature of the frosting, refrigeration is essential to prevent spoilage.
  2. Consume Promptly: Enjoy the cupcakes within 2-3 days for the best taste and texture. While they may remain safe to eat for a longer period, the quality may start to degrade over time.
  3. Freezing Instructions: If you wish to extend the shelf life of the cupcakes, they can be frozen. Place the unfrosted cupcakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag. Properly stored, they can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.
  4. Thawing and Refreshing: When ready to enjoy the frozen cupcakes, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, bring them to room temperature for about 30 minutes. If desired, refresh the cupcakes by briefly warming them in the oven at a low temperature (around 250°F or 120°C) for 5-10 minutes to restore their softness and revive the flavors.


  1. Can I use fresh peaches for this recipe, or is canned peach purée acceptable? Yes, you can use either fresh or canned peach purée for the Peach Bellini Cupcakes. Fresh peaches will provide a more vibrant flavor, especially when they’re in season, but canned peach purée works well too and offers convenience year-round.
  2. Is it necessary to use Prosecco or sparkling wine, or can I substitute it with another ingredient? While Prosecco or sparkling wine contributes to the authentic Peach Bellini flavor, you can substitute it with sparkling apple cider or a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage if you prefer to avoid alcohol. This substitution maintains the effervescence and complements the peach flavor without the addition of alcohol.
  3. Can I make these cupcakes ahead of time for an event, or are they best served fresh? You can certainly make the cupcakes ahead of time for convenience. Bake the cupcakes in advance and store them unfrosted in an airtight container. Prepare the peach buttercream frosting separately and frost the cupcakes just before serving to maintain their freshness and texture.
  4. How do I prevent the peach buttercream frosting from becoming too runny or stiff? Achieving the perfect consistency for the peach buttercream frosting is key to the cupcakes’ success. If the frosting is too runny, add more confectioners’ sugar gradually until you reach the desired thickness. Conversely, if the frosting is too stiff, incorporate small amounts of peach purée or milk to loosen it to the desired consistency.
  5. Can I make these cupcakes gluten-free or dairy-free? Yes, you can adapt the recipe to accommodate dietary preferences or restrictions. For a gluten-free option, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend suitable for baking. For a dairy-free version, use dairy-free margarine or oil instead of butter in the cupcake batter, and opt for a dairy-free butter alternative for the frosting. Ensure that all ingredients, including the peach purée and Prosecco substitute, are also suitable for the desired dietary requirements.


Peach Bellini Cupcakes offer a delightful fusion of fruity sweetness and effervescent charm, making them a standout dessert for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a bridal shower, celebrating a special milestone, or simply craving a taste of luxury, these cupcakes are sure to impress with their irresistible flavor and elegant presentation. Elevate your baking repertoire and treat yourself to the indulgent pleasure of Peach Bellini Cupcakes today!

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