Caramelised Peach Cake

Recipe for Peach Cake

Almost all of the fruits and vegetables I buy are sourced from within Britain. This respect for locally produced, quality ingredients helps keep my kitchen frugal and fresh. But very occasionally, this rule is broken – as rules are made to be – and a certain item will tempt me across the Channel and into Europe. The doughnut peaches in my Caramelised Peach Cake were too much to refuse.

The doughnut peach is a relatively new craze in Britain. Flatter, sweeter and with almost nutty notes of flavour, they lend themselves better to almost all applications than a good ol’ “regular” peach. Even their skin is thinner and more pleasant, making their unadulterated form a fine choice.

Peach Cake Recipe

One particularly popular use for the doughnut peach, given its sweetness, is in everyone’s favourite Italian fruit cocktail; the Bellini. But let’s not end our affiliation with such a fine juicy fruit just yet. Especially not when it makes such a fine addition to a delicately flavoured almond sponge. The peach is, after all, a distant cousin of the almond; a perfect pairing.

My recipe for caramelised peach cake itself is an excruciatingly simple one; delicately flavoured, but rustic all the same. There are no fancy frills. Who needs ‘em? Simply a delicious, moist sponge filled with decadently prepared fruit of the highest order. In need of icing? Look elsewhere!

Caramelised Peach Cake

Makes 1 tray cake (22x22cm)


for the sponge:

  • 180g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds, heaped
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 180g self-raising flour

for the peaches:

  • 4 doughnut peaches, in rough chunks
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 25g butter


  1. Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan. Once melted, stir through the sugar and cook until you have achieved a golden-brown caramel.
  2. Add the peaches and cook for a few minutes, until the fruit has taken on some of the caramel colour. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C(fan). Grease and line a 22x22cm square baking tin.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Incorporate the eggs one by one, before stirring through the almonds and sour cream.
  5. Gently fold the flour through the batter. Transfer half of the cake mixture to the prepared tin and spoon in half of the peaches.
  6. Add the remaining cake batter to the top of the peaches and press any remaining fruit into the surface.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Once cooked through, leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes before turning out and allowing to cool completely.

How To Make Peach Cake Recipe for Caramelised Peach Cake

Cost: Now we’re getting into summer doughnut peaches can be bought for relatively little. We managed to pick up 12 for £1.50! That means that this delicious caramelised peach cake shouldn’t set you back much more than £2.70.

21 comments on “Caramelised Peach Cake

  1. cookinginsens
    June 12, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I love peaches. Are you talking about the flat small peaches they have here in France called la peche plate?

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      I’m not sure of the French name, but I think they must be the same.

  2. Our Growing Paynes
    June 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Yum. I cannot wait for the fresh peaches to come in here. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      I’ll have to buy some more soon. Maybe do a tarte tatin…

  3. Chica Andaluza
    June 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I love these peaches. In Spain they’re called “Paraguayas” – although I don’t think they come from Paraguay! The area we live in Spain is famous for peaches, but the more traditional variety, so naturally the locals turns their noses up at these “foreign” peaches 😉 Lovely cake – I think the sour cream makes a lovely light sponge.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      All peaches are foreign here, of course! Yeh, the sour cream is definitely a good addition.

  4. Colette Broomhead
    June 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    This is absolutely my kind of cake! I am definitely not an icing fan, but am very much a peach fan. My weekend BBQ plans thwarted by the British weather, I think I shall console myself by giving this a go instead. I’m very pleased to have discovered your blog 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Icing is so overrated! I hope you managed to try it!

  5. The Gourmet Gourmand
    June 13, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Wow this looks like a perfect light dessert recipe. Peaches are one of my favorite fruits and cake is one of my favorite desserts… 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Tell me about it – I’d devour another slice if I had one.

  6. Korena in the Kitchen
    June 14, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I always thought that doughnut peaches were just a gimmicky thing – now I must try them!

  7. Conor Bofin
    June 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Excellent Nick. I should not read the blog before eating my humble Sunday dinner.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      I’m sure it isn’t as humble as you make out…

  8. chef mimi
    June 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Somehow, I’ve quit getting posts from you! I will remedy this. A fabulous cake.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Oh no! That’s strange. Hopefully you can fix it! Thank you.

  9. angelica | table twenty eight
    June 16, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Delicious – wish I had a warm slice of this right now…

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Me too.. I’ll have to buy some more peaches.

  10. Kirsten
    June 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I often wonder if they called doughnut peaches ‘doughnut’ in order to fool certain sectors of the population into thinking they are actually cake, not fruit . . . !

    • frugalfeeding
      June 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Haha! I don’t know the source of the name, only that they’re delicious.

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