Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake uses fresh, juicy peaches, sliced, covered in a caramel glaze. Served with whipped or ice cream, this dessert is fantastic!
The Best Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake Recipe
I love peaches and every year I make this easy recipe at least twice during peach season! This recipe for Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake is a definite keeper.
I have to admit, sometimes I add extra, store bought, caramel sauce to this cake when serving and I always keep some inside my fridge! I love caramel on top of this and other delicious desserts! Am I the only one?
I love the way this Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake looks on a serving plate! I know I am not the only one eagerly anticipating a slice! This is one of those occasions where you actually can eat dessert first! Peach season only comes around once a year!
How do I know when peaches are ripe?
Color of the peaches:
- The color you need to look for is the background color of the fruit and not the red, highlight. Plant breeders have bred the color red into a lot of peaches grown around the world currently because it helps sell the fruit. The real color you want to look for is yellow and it should be deep golden color, not pale at all.
Feel of the peaches:
- You can tell if a peach is ripe or not by a gentle, yet firm squeeze, that is not hard enough to bruise it, with your fingers. If there’s a little bit of a give there, then it means that the fruit is almost ripe but not quite. I would still leave such a peach on the kitchen counter for another couple of days until it is actually soft to very soft.
Look of the skin:
- This is the most telling. You can tell that a peach is ready to eat by looking for signs of shriveled skin around the stem. When you see wrinkles, that’s the sign of an excellent peach that is ripe and ready to go.
Ingredients for Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake
- fresh, ripe, peaches
- heavy or whipping cream
- baking powder
How do I make a Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake?
First, you have to find some perfectly ripe peaches. Once you have done that, you are ready to go!
In a large skillet, over low heat, melt butter, brown sugar and cream. Stir until mixture is smooth.
If using a cake pan, pour the topping from the saucepan and spread it evenly across the bottom of the pan. Put your peach slices on top of the topping in any pattern your want.
In a large sized mixing bowl, blend shortening and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk and blend until mixture is smooth again.
Gently spoon batter on top of your peaches and use a spatula to spread batter evenly on top.
Bake until the cake is golden all over the top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cut cake into slices and serve with whipped cream or ice cream if you prefer.
If you are interested, have a look at The Best Apple Upside Down Cake. I love it just as much as our Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake!
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Have a peek at our video so you can see just how easy this dessert is to make! Then you will have to try it for yourself!
Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake Video
Caramel Peach Upside Down Cake
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick butter, cut into 4 pieces
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (35 %)
- 4 or 5 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
- 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (35 %)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, over low heat, melt butter, brown sugar and cream. Stir continuously until butter has melted and mixture is smooth, a few minutes.
If using a cake pan, pour the topping from the saucepan and spread it evenly across the bottom of the cake pan. Put your peach slices on top of the topping in any pattern your want. Set aside.
In a large sized mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer, blend shortening and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk and blend until mixture is smooth again.
Gently spoon batter on top of your peaches and use a spatula to spread batter evenly on top. Be careful here. Take your time and smooth batter to the edges so the peaches are covered completely. Remember, when you finish baking the cake and turn it upside down, the peaches that are on the bottom will be on top.
Bake until the cake is golden all over the top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Using a knife, gently separate the cake at the edge from the pan. Choose a serving plate that is larger then your cake and hold it over top of your cake. Holding both the pan and plate tightly, quickly flip pan upside down on top of your serving plate.
If serving cake with whipped cream, using a medium sized bowl, and a handheld mixer, whip the cream until light and fluffy and stiff peaks form, then add your sugar. If using ice cream just skip this step.
Cut cake into slices and serve with whipped cream or ice cream if you prefer. Enjoy!