I love baking with fresh summer fruit and finding myself with a few peaches to spare I decided to bake them into a cake. One of the nice things about baking with fruit is that it doesn't have to be perfectly ripe to make an excellent cake. I think these peaches were fairly ripe, but I have used fairly hard fruit in the past and it has still worked very well.
Fresh Peach and Vanilla Cake
115g butter, softened
60g light muscovado sugar
60g caster sugar
125g self raising flour
1tsp vanilla extract
2 peaches, chopped into decent size pieces
- Preheat the oven to Gas 4/180C and line a 7"/18cm round tin with baking parchment. I would suggest not a loose based tin because otherwise your fruit is likely to leak a little juice into the oven. I actually used my Lakeland Pushpan, which although loose based is perfectly sealed (I am not on commission, just impressed by the product!)
- Cream the butter and two sugars together until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, flour and vanilla and continue beating until well combined.
- Scatter the peach pieces over the base of the tin and then add the cake batter on top, being careful not to dislodge the peaches too much.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until risen and golden and a cake tester comes out clean.
Allow to cool for a while in the tin before inverting onto your serving plate.
This would be perfect served with some cream or a blob of creme fraiche for a light summer dessert, perhaps with some more chopped peaches alongside. However, it also makes a perfect teatime cake too. The freshness of the peaches is delicious and the addition of some light muscovado sugar gives the cake a caramelly depth of flavour and a gorgeous pale brown hue.
I am submitting this to Calendar Cakes run by Rachel of Dolly Bakes and Laura of Laura Loves Cakes. The theme this month is summertime, and nothing is more summery than fresh peaches!
I am also submitting it to Nazima at Working London Mummy for her 'One Ingredient' challenge this month, the theme of which is peaches or nectarines. Her co-host is Laura of How to Cook Good Food.
Lastly I am submitting it to Simply Food's 'Let's Cook with Fruit' event - because that's exactly what I've done, cook with fruit!