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Peach Upside Down Cake

Peach Upside Down Cake

Peaches are a great fruit to bake upside down cakes with. In fact, most stone fruits are. The fruits are tender to begin with, so there is no need to precook the fruit or worry that it will be too firm after the cake is done baking. Peaches also have a beautiful golden color that they add to a cake, making the dessert look very summery and warm.

This is a simple upside down cake with a plain, vanilla cake base. It’s moist, tender and does a great job of soaking up excess juice from the peaches on the top of the cake. To make the cake, start out with some whole, fresh peaches. Cut the peaches into thin slices and arrange in a spiraling pattern on the bottom of a cake pan that is coated with butter and sugar. Make sure that the peaches are in a single layer so that the cake batter can effectively hold them in place. The batter-topped cake is baked like any other cake would be, then turned out to reveal the fruit when it comes out of the oven. The cake goes very well with whipped cream, as well as with vanilla and peach ice cream, both of which will bring out the vanilla and peach flavors of the cake.

The one final note I have about this cake is that it looks its best on the day that it is made. The peaches look their plumpest and their color is the most vibrant. After being stored overnight, the cake will looks a bit of its color and, while it will still look good, it just won’t look quite as good. If possible, make it the same day you intend to serve it, then enjoy the leftovers yourself the next day.

Peach Upside Down Cake
1/4 cup sugar (for topping)
2 medium-large peaches
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter, add 1/4 cup sugar to the bottom of the pan and tilt pan to coat base (not sides) with an even layer.
Slice peaches in quarters, then slice each quarter into thirds. There is no need to peel the peaches. Arrange peaches in a spiral pattern on the bottom of the cake pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract. Mix in half of the flour mixture, followed by the buttermilk. Stir in remaining flour mixture, stirring only until no streaks of flour remain.
Pour into pan and spread into an even layer on top of peaches.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let cake cool for 2 minutes, then run a knife along the outside edge of the cake and invert pan onto a wire cooling rack.
Allow cake to cool before slicing.

Serves 8-10

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16 Comments
  • Bob Beckett
    August 25, 2009

    Yummy Yummy. I loved the taste. Keep on posting such recipes.

  • Morta Di Fame
    August 25, 2009

    Don’t you just love upside down cakes? Incredible!

  • Kelly
    August 25, 2009

    That looks fantastic. I’ve actually never made upside down cake before but I love baking with peaches and this looks like another great recipe. I especially appreciate that you note how well it keeps. I always like knowing that when I bake something.

  • Lorrie Gauthier
    August 25, 2009

    Mmmmmmmm….. are there blueberries in there as well? If not, what makes the dark spots. I HAVE to make this.

  • Nicole
    August 25, 2009

    Lorrie – Nope, no blueberries. The peach skins give off some red pigment after baking, and as the cake sits it turns a slightly purplish color. Interesting to see!

  • Lorrie Gauthier
    August 25, 2009

    Nicole, I hadn’t notices that you left the skins on. Bonus! My hubby has only left one peach from my last basket so I have to get more. Oh well. 😉

  • veggievixen
    August 25, 2009

    my freezer is currently FULL of peaches and it’s kind of amazing. besides the fact that i can’t freeze anything else until i use up a few bags worth. therefore, many peach-themed dishes are in my future. this recipe sounds so good!

  • qncenterlab2
    August 27, 2009

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  • Celeste
    August 31, 2009

    Looks delish!! I had an apricot upside down cake last week and now I want to try peach!

  • Sunshine
    September 3, 2009

    Made this tonight and half the cake was eaten between two of us…just fabulous. Thanks!

  • Solskinn
    September 3, 2009

    Made this today and half the cake was eaten between the two of us. Just fabulous! Thanks!

  • elaine
    September 4, 2009

    My cake was soggy in the middle, even though it seemed the toothpick was clean when I tested and the sides had come away from the pan. I know my convection oven usually does a great job. What went wrong? Would baking powder help?

  • Lorrie Gauthier
    September 4, 2009

    Okay, I had to put in three peaches because I didn’t think mine were big enough and two just didn’t sound enough to my peach craving body. It was EXCELLENT! I make cakes for a living and we are pretty fussy about what we eat in this household. My husband thought it was the best cake I’ve made in a very long time. (except for my chocolate banana cake) Two thumbs up! 🙂

  • Kimberly
    September 8, 2009

    I made this yesterday to take to a Labor Day dinner. It was delicious! I did have to cook it for a total of 52 minutes before my tester showed the beginnings of a crumb. The leftover cake actually lasted very well over night without any noticeable decline in appearance and tasted even better out of the fridge for breakfast.

  • Lorrie Gauthier
    September 11, 2009

    Made it again this time with blueberries laid in the pan first then the peaches. I used almond flavouring instead of vanilla and it was so yummy that I made another one in two 6″ pans for the freezer. If I was left in a locked room overnight with a dozen or so of these things you would find me dead in the morning with peaches and crumbs all over my face. And no cakes left. Oh and I would have a smile on my face. LOL

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