Peaches and Cream Cake

Posted by: on Jul 22, 2009 | 19 Comments

When I was growing up, my mom would make us peach cakes with whipped cream for our birthdays.  They were my favorite cakes (that weren’t made out of ice cream).  My brothers and I would wait patiently to lick the beaters from the whipped cream and steal slices of when she wasn’t looking.  I think that was always the best part.  I recently made this cake for J’s birthday.  I had some really great fresh peaches to use…and I had some that were just okay.  I decided to chopped up the sub par peaches and heat them with a bit of sugar, water and peach schnapps.  I used the puree between the layers of the cake and on top under the whipped cream.  It really bumped up the peach flavor, and was pretty good on its own.  The yellow cake is sturdy enough to not get mushy with the peach puree and fresh peach slices.  I covered it with a thin layer of whipped cream.  I really liked how you can see the outlines of each layer.  I only had a few minutes to chill this cake before we served it, but it held together really nicely.

Happy Birthday J!

Ingredients
Two 9 inch Basic Yellow Cakes
1 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 peaches
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp peach schnapps

Chop three of the peaches and combine with water and sugar over low heat.  Bring to a simmer and blend until smooth with an immersion blender, stir in the schnapps and allow to cool slightly.  Slice the very top off each cake leaving an even and flat layer.  Spoon a generous amount of the mixture over each cake.  The peach puree will soak into the cake.  Slice the remaining three peaches and place a layer on top of one of the cakes.  Put the other layer on top and chill while the whipped cream is prepared.  Whip the cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla.  Top the cake with an even layer and use reserved peaches for the top of the cake.  Keep the cake in the refrigerated prior to serving.

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19 Comments

  1. Memoria
    July 22, 2009

    O-M-G, this looks so good!!!! I’m bookmarking this!

  2. Rosa
    July 23, 2009

    What a beautiful cake! Delicious flavors!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Jen @ MaplenCornbread
    July 23, 2009

    What a beautiful cake!!! I love peaches and cream but never have tried in cake form! yum! :)

  4. kath
    July 23, 2009

    This cake was absolutely delicious! The cake was dense enough to give the cake a substantial feel and a great balance for the absolutely yummy puree. As pretty as it is, it tasted even better!

  5. jillian
    July 23, 2009

    Memoria, Rosa and Jen- I am so glad it looks good to you!

    Glad you enjoyed it Kath! I can make another for your birthday :)

  6. emily
    July 23, 2009

    This is so beautiful and looks fantastic. I have a sister who LOVES peach anything…might just have to give this a try.

    Brilliant photos!

  7. grace
    July 23, 2009

    what a gorgeous and fluffy cake! the texture alone of that slice has triggered my saliva glands like nothing else has done all week, and that’s in 2D! very excellent work, jillian, and magnificent blog all-around!

  8. Amy (Sing for your supper)
    July 23, 2009

    Oh wow! This cake looks heavenly! Right up my alley, since I’m addicted to peaches!!

  9. kat
    July 23, 2009

    That cake sounds just heavenly

  10. Ivonne
    July 23, 2009

    Oh yeah … I want some of that!

  11. cheffresco
    July 24, 2009

    Beautiful cake, looks delicious!

  12. Shari
    July 25, 2009

    This looks light and angelic! Peaches are so good right now and this sounds like the perfect way to use them.

  13. Jude
    July 27, 2009

    Such a classic flavor pairing. Nice use of the schnapps. I’m thinking brushing any plain cake with a simple syrup + peach schnapps would be so good.

  14. Lori
    July 27, 2009

    The best form a flattery is to be copied!! You made it even better.

  15. Tangled Noodle
    July 29, 2009

    My husband loves peaches and I know he would be so pleased if I made this for him! Could you suggest a substitute for peach schnapps in case I don’t get to the store to remedy this lack in our liquor cabinet? 8-)

  16. jillian
    July 30, 2009

    Hmm Tangled Noodle, I can’t think of a replacement for the peach schnapps, but you could cook down an extra portion of the puree to intensify the flavor. The fragrance from the schnapps will be missing but it will be close. :)

  17. Cristina
    July 4, 2011

    I made this cake yesterday for a cook-out, after reading the reviews I was nervous about how it would turn out, I followed the directions to a “T” and also used whipped cream in between the 2 cakes and chilled the cake really well before serving.
    I think the cake flour is the key and with baking you have to measure the ingredients precisly. It was beautiful and tasted almost like a peach shortcake. I will definitely make it again but I think I will boil down all the peaches except for the decoration on top.
    Thank you for posting this recipe.
    I might even branch out and use apricots the next time!

  18. jillian
    July 4, 2011

    Cristina- I think most of the reviews on about.com are related to measuring incorrectly.
    So glad you liked this version!

  19. Cristina
    July 4, 2011

    Jillian- yes the basic yellow cake mix are the reviews that are not too good. Not for your cake. The smell of the peaches simmering was incedible!

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