Are you guys stocking up on as many peaches as possible at the market during these last weeks of stone fruit season? If you’re as much of a peach-fanatic as I am, you should be…they’ll be gone soon (horrors!) I made this peaches & cream cake for my brother’s birthday, and we were all licking our plates at the end of the night. Vanilla bean-flecked whipped cream layered with sweet macerated peaches…really, what’s not to love? By the way, I shared my fave recipes for peach margaritas and peach + ricotta crostini here…make them while you can! Keep reading for the birthday cake recipe…

Peaches & Cream Cake

*makes 2- 8″ cakes

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
for the filling:
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream, chilled
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 2 large pieces, peeled & sliced into wedges

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter the bottom of two 8-inch cake pans. Then line them with parchment paper and butter and flour the lined pans.

Cream the butter and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. On medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, then the sour cream, zests, and vanilla, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix well. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda. On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine just until smooth.

Pour the batter evenly into the pans, smooth the tops, and bake in the center of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then remove to wire racks and let cool to room temperature. If using 1 cake, wrap the second well and freeze.

To make the filling, combine peach slices and 2 tbsp sugar in small bowl. Let macerate while you prepare the cream.

Whip the cream, 2 tbsp sugar, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until firm. Slice one of the cakes in half with a long, sharp knife. Place the bottom slice of the cake on a serving platter, spread with 1/2 the whipped cream and scatter with sliced peaches. Cover with the top slice of the cake and spread with the remaining cream. Decorate with remaining peaches.

*I used Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for Strawberry Country Cake as the basis for this recipe…heaven!

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