When summer peaches are at their prime, add a scrumptious, old-fashioned Peach Upside Down Cake to your dessert menu!

Upside Down Cakes became popular a century ago, and this peach version is a tasty twist on the classic pineapple version.

A slice of peach upside down cake on a white dessert plate with a red handle fork.

 

Why You Must Make

  • It’s perfect for peach season!
  • If you’ve never made an upside-down cake, this is a terrific recipe to try.
  • It’s super moist and utterly delicious.
Peach Upside Down Cake Ingredients with labels on a sheetpan.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Butter – I use salted butter. Leave out on the counter for about an hour to let the butter soften before making the batter.
  • Large Peaches – Taste before using to make sure they’re soft, ripe, and sweet. See above for how to easily peel them.
  • Sugar – Regular white granulated sugar
  • Flour – All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder – Check the expiration date. If it’s close to expiring, it’s best to replace it. You can also check its potency by putting a spoonful in a small bowl and adding some very hot/boiling water. If it bubbles vigorously, it’s active. If not, buy a fresh can.
  • Ground Cinnamon – Use half as much nutmeg or the same amount of ground ginger to shake things up. I prefer cinnamon with peaches.
  • Salt – I prefer table salt as its smaller granules disperse throughout the batter better than when using coarse salt.
  • Eggs – Use Large eggs.
A slice of upside down cake with peaches on a white plate viewed from above.

Expert Tips

  • Use sweet ripe peaches for the best results.
  • PRO-Tip: To peel peaches, boil a pan of water. Then, on the non-stem end, cut an X just through the peel and place it in the water for 30-60 seconds. Remove to a bowl of ice water, then slip off the peel when cool enough to handle.
  • Slice peaches ½-inch thick.
  • The New York Times recipe called for ¼ teaspoons nutmeg, but I prefer adding ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Feel free to use nutmeg if that’s your preference.
  • I also added just a touch of salt as it’s important as a flavor booster in desserts as well as savory dishes.
  • If you don’t want to make the caramel drizzle for the peaches, use a quality store-bought caramel sauce or sprinkle the peaches with a tablespoon or two of sugar before topping with the batter.
  • The cake is inverted soon after it comes out of the oven. PRO-Tip: The pan and cake will be very hot so use baking mitts and good care when flipping it onto the serving piece.
  • To serve, cut in wedges, and top with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream. A drizzle of caramel sauce over the ice cream would push it over the top!!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it Called an Upside Down Cake?

An upside-down cake is made by covering the bottom of a cake pan with fruit, then adding batter and baking. The name comes from the process of flipping the cake upside down so the fruit on the bottom becomes the topping.

What is the Upside Down Cake Method?

The method for making upside-down cake involves a few simple steps. First is layering the fruit and any sugar, butter, etc. needed to enhance it across the bottom of the cake pan. Next is adding the batter over the fruit, baking the cake, and finally, inverting it so the fruit on the bottom becomes the fruit on the top.

When should you flip the Upside Down Cake?

As always, it’s best to follow the recommendation of your recipe. But typically it’s flipped soon after it comes out of the oven. If it’s left to cool too long, the fruit will stick to the bottom of the pan.

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Peach upside down cake on a white ceramic cake stand.
Overhead view of a slice of peach upsidedown cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a white plate with a red handled fork

Peach Upside Down Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 8 servings

A twist on the old-fashioned pineapple upside-down cake made with fresh, sweet peaches.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (4 ounces) butter, softened plus more to grease the pan
  • 3 ripe fresh peaches
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Grease a 9-inch cake pan with butter, line with a round of parchment, and grease the top of the parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Peel the peaches, cut them in half, remove the pits, and cut into ½-inch slices.
  4. Arrange the peach slices on the bottom of the cake pan; set aside.
  5. Make the caramel by mixing ½ cup of the sugar and ¼ cup of water in a heavy bottom saucepan. Cook on medium-high, swirling the pan occasionally until the sugar melts and the mixture turns amber. Drizzle the caramel over the peaches.
  6. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  7. In another bowl, beat the butter and the remaining ¾ cup of sugar until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  8. Stir in the flour mixture and spread evenly over the peaches.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it looks set and a toothpick inserted into a few spots at the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Make sure the cake is loosened from the sides of the pan by running a table knife or offset spatula around the perimeter of the pan.
  11. Flip the cake out onto a serving platter or cake stand (invert the serving piece onto the top of the pan and carefully flip the two over in unison). Remove the pan and peel off the parchment if needed and arrange any peaches that were dislodged.
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream

Notes

May use canned peaches if peaches are out of season.

If you don't want to make your own caramel, just use some premium jarred caramel sauce to drizzle over the peaches.

To easily peel peaches, cut a shallow X on the nonstem ends. Cook for 30-60 seconds in a pot of boiling water, remove to an ice bath and then pull off the skin with your fingers or a knife.

Recipe adapted from the New York Times.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 105mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g

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