Cupcakes Make the World Go Round’

There is nothing quite like a cupcake to make your day. I just love the way food puts you in a certain mood. I think it’s kind of like… color psychology. Excuse me while I go out on a limb for a second but- when you are exposed to colors, you are naturally focused on the ‘mood’ it evokes. Like, yellow is calm and happy where green is peaceful (or envious) and red is alarming and warm; Color psychology. So, maybe eating certain foods is like that. Cupcakes are light and fun- putting you in a cheerier mood- while warm chocolate chip cookies are more soothing and comforting. I guess this all depends on the experiences of the eater…

Just some food for thought 😉

Last night I headed out to the Fresh Market to find some nectarines and I have been thinking about making these cupcakes all day. My mom clipped this page from an old Martha Stewart magazine and I found it in one of her recipe files. Enjoy!

Nectarine Cupcakes

  • 1-1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 C whole milk (I used Vitamin D)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 to 3 medium nectarines, peeled, halved, pitted, and finely chopped (about 1-1/4 C)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir together milk and vanilla.
  3. 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. Bet in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating twice with milk mixture.
  4. Line a standard muffin tin with baking cups. Fill each with 1 Tbsp batter, 1 heaping Tbsp chopped nectarines, and an additional 2 Tbsp batter. Bake until edges begin to turn golden, about 25 minutes. Cool in tin.
For the topping:
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 medium nectarine, halved, pitted, and very thinly sliced, for garnish
Make the topping: Whisk together cream, sour cream, and sugar to medium peaks. Top cupcakes with a dollop of cream and nectarine slices.

These are Mom, Dad and Emily approved- thanks Fam 🙂


Categories: Food

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid.

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