Summer Peach Cake

Summer Peach Cake

Before I start writing about this amazing peach cake, I have to take a minute to comment on the fact that my blog has a new design! Lindsay from Purr Design (and Love and Olive Oil) not only did an amazing job giving my blog a fresh new look, but she switched me from blogger to wordpress too! (If you’re reading in a reader, or through email, click over to the blog to see the new design!) I absolutely love the way my blog looks now, and I’m trying to learn about wordpress as quickly as possible. I’ve still got some formatting things to take care of over the next week or so, but if you see anything that looks funny, let me know. And if you need a blog or website design – check out Purr Design – they do some awesome work!

Summer Peach Cake

Ok, back to the peach cake (the real reason you’re all reading this post). We absolutely loved this cake. It’s fresh, full of juicy peach flavor, and so pretty when it comes out of the oven. Because you roast the peaches first, there’s none of the sogginess that traditionally accompanies fresh fruit in baked goods. All that’s left is sturdy cake with a great texture and even better flavor. We ate this warm from the oven the first day, and heated in the microwave with some whipped cream the following day. I only wish there was more left to eat on the third day. :)   If you’ve got some fresh ripe peaches hanging out at your house, give this cake a try  – you’ll love it!

Summer Peach Cake

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Summer Peach Cake

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds peaches, pitted and cut into 1/2 inch-thick wedges

4 tsp lemon juice, divided
6 Tbsp plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup (5 ounces) all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp vanilla extract, divided
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs finely crushed

Directions:

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil spray. Place 24 peach wedges in a medium sized bowl and gently toss with 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; set aside. Cut remaining peach wedges crosswise into thirds and place in a large bowl. Gently toss with 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Spread the peach chunks in single layer on prepared sheet and bake until juices begin to thicken and caramelize, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer sheet to wire rack and let peaches cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and spray a 9-inch springform pan with vegetable oil spray. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in bowl and set aside. Whisk brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and eggs together in a second bowl until thick and homogeneous, about 45 seconds. Slowly whisk in butter. Add sour cream, and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, whisking until combined. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Transfer half of batter to prepared pan. Use an offset spatula to spread batter evenly in the pan. Sprinkle crushed bread crumbs over the cooled peach chunks and gently toss to coat. Arrange peach chunks on batter in even layer, gently pressing peaches into batter. Gently spread remaining batter over peach chunks and smooth the top. Arrange reserved peach wedges, slightly overlapped, in ring over surface of cake. Stir together remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and remaining 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until sugar is moistened. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over top of cake. Bake until center of cake is set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack; cool 5 minutes. Run paring knife around sides of cake to loosen. Remove cake from pan and let cool completely, 2 to 3 hours. Cut into wedges and serve.

from Cook's Illustrated

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38 Responses to “Summer Peach Cake”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 1, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    The new site looks amazing!! Almost as amazing as that cake:-) Gorgeous photos, too!

    • megan replied: — September 1st, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

      thank you so much Lauren! :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 1, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    I agree with Lauren – looks great over here! :) I’ve honestly never had peach in any kind of dessert… that I recall. It looks and sounds fantastic!

    • megan replied: — September 1st, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

      Thanks Rachel! And no peach desserts?? You are missing out- make this cake! :)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — September 1, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    This is stunning. Your new site is stunning! I love it! Your pictures look AMAZING.

    • megan replied: — September 1st, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

      Thanks so much Jessica, you are so sweet! And seriously, it was about time I switched to wordpress ;)

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    Tracey — September 1, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    The new site looks SO good Megan! I absolutely love it :)

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — September 1, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    Lindsay is amazing! This is truly a gorgeous site and cake. :)

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    DessertForTwo — September 1, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Site looks AWESOME :)
    And love this cake!

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    Andrea — September 1, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    L O V E the new look! The fonts are sweet!

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    Cookbook Queen — September 1, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    This cake looks just beautiful and I LOOOVE the new look!! I know you’ll have the hang of WP in NO time!!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 1, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    Looks fabulous!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 1, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    Great new site – looks wonderful! the cake sounds delicious! Great use of all the fresh peaches everywhere!

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    Magic of Spice — September 1, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    What a gorgeous pie!

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — September 1, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    That looks like moist, peachy goodness! I just received a huge bag of fresh peaches from my neighbor…serendipity I tell ya!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — September 1, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    Your cake looks fabulous and your new site even better. How fun to have an update.

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    slntrprtr — September 1, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    looks de-lish-us! My neighbor is going to be in peach heaven when I make this, but can you ball park me on how many cups of sliced peaches are you talking when you say 2.5 pounds? Thanks for the help :}

    • megan replied: — September 1st, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

      I actually am really bad at ballparking measurements, but I have 3 large peaches right now that I just weighed and they were about 1.3 pounds. So I would say 6 large peaches or 7 small peaches should do it. I don’t think it has to be exact. Good luck, I hope you like it!

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    Hazel @ tasty pursuits — September 2, 2011 @ 1:02 am

    This looks delectable. Will definitely run out and buy peaches tomorrow!

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — September 2, 2011 @ 2:23 am

    :) Love it Megan. And, love the use of MI peaches too!

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    Maria — September 2, 2011 @ 3:30 am

    Love the cake and the new look!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 2, 2011 @ 4:07 am

    Love the new look and this peach cake has me drooling! I just picked up some peaches today, this may be their destiny!

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    Deborah — September 2, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    Love the new look! And my mother in law just brought over some fresh peaches from their tree – this would be the perfect way to use them up!

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — September 2, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    This is beauuttifull. Ive loved baking with fruit lately and this looks like it might well be the next project! :)

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    Feast on the Cheap — September 2, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    Love, love, love the new design!

  22. 22

    Elle — September 2, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    I adore peach cake–this one looks incredible! Oh, love the new design, too–nice and simple, but beautiful.

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    Laura (Tampa BookWorm) — September 2, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Do you think I could use a tart dish to make this in? I do not have a springform pan…

    • megan replied: — September 2nd, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

      I’m guessing you could use a regular cake pan, just spray it really good to make it easy to get the cake out. I’m thinking it might overflow a tart pan, but I’m not sure. Let me know if you try it. :)

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    Stephanie — September 2, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    Love the new look! Simple and elegant. (and it looks especially great with that lovely peach cake) :)

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    Laura (Tampa BookWorm) — September 2, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    Okay great – one more question – did you peel the peaches??? I plan to make this tonight!

    • megan replied: — September 2nd, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

      Nope, no peeling necessary. :)

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    Laura (Tampa BookWorm) — September 2, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    Woo hoo!!!! lol

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — September 4, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    LOVE this peach cake and you new design :) very pretty!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 4, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    Just beautiful. Both the cake and the new design!

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    Katelyn — September 6, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    I made this right after it came out in Cook’s Illustrated, so good!!

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    Kellie — November 18, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Hi! do you think I can make this with frozen peaches? This looks delicious and I don’t think I can wait until summer to make this! :)

    • megan replied: — November 20th, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

      Unfortunately I’m not sure about frozen peaches. It would be worth a shot – I’m just not sure of the outcome. If you try it, I hope you’ll let me know how it turned out.

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    Chcolate Store — April 4, 2014 @ 3:11 am

    Its a perfect dish for summer i will try it thanks for share :)

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