Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Upside-Down Spiced Peach Cake

Upside-Down Spiced Peach Cake

I got the itch to bake on Monday, after lots of driving across Texas all weekend. After picking up some beautiful peaches at the grocery store, I came across a recipe in my mammoth resource for desserts by Bon Appetit (a birthday gift from Jenny and Adam) that caught my attention. There was only one ingredient I didn't have on hand: cardamom. I used cloves instead. I used a springform pan, which I think was a mistake.
The gooey topping (or bottom layer) oozed. out. of the. bottom and left a nice sugar glaze on the bottom of my oven, which I will be cleaning tonight (or at least, this weekend).
It was worth it.

Recipe, adapted from Bon Appetit Desserts:

6 T. butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. kosher salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
2 medium peaches (about one pound), pitted and sliced thin


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 9" cake pan (you could probably use a square brownie pan, too)
Combine flour, cloves, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
Melt two tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and honey, and bring to a boil. Let boil for two minutes and immediately take off heat and pour mixture into greased baking dish.
Using hand or stand mixer, beat remaining four tablespoons of butter until fluffy.
Add sugar. Blend.
Add egg. Blend.
Add half of flour mixture.
Add yogurt.
Add remaining flour mixture and mix just until combined.
Arrange peaches in a single layer over honey/brown sugar layer in dish.
Dollop cake batter over peaches, and then use a spatula to smooth out the layer.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes (mine took 35, but the recipe called for 40). Cake should pull away from the pan at the sides. Use the ever-trusty toothpick test to check doneness.
Cool in pan for five minutes.
Using a platter, cover cake pan (don't burn yourself like I did!) and flip over so that the peaches are on top.

Upside-Down Spiced Peach Cake

Marvel at your skills.
Cut cake and enjoy every bite.


  1. Oh my gosh, that looks *amazing*. Must try!

  2. this looks so delicious!! And I just picked up a basket of peaches last night. maybe this will have to happen...

  3. It looks absolutely divine! But next time - get some cardamon. It's fabulous in this pineapple upside down cake:

    Just give me a spoon and close the door on the way out! Damn. Now I'm hungry!

  4. that looks amazing! i love the pop of color that the turquoise plate gives the photo.

  5. wow, that looks good! I've never had a peach cake. Last night I made brownies, but I think they flopped because I used the wrong pan. Darn. P.S. I'm picking up Perfect Scoop from the library today!

  6. Holy cow that looks amazing! A very impressive dessert.

  7. That looks so yummy! I love peach anything!!!

  8. Holy yum! I hope this means you're having a better day.

  9. Yum! I think we both have the baking bug. I've got ingredients for a pumpkin pie (from the pumpkin!) and carrot cake. And now I want to try the peach cake, too!

  10. THANK YOU for pointing me this post! You know me well my friend! Fruit was late this year so I actually got back in time to harvest our peaches and luckily I still have a handful left. Hmmmm...when to make, when to make? ;)


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