Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Peach Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

What a happy cake. It's unintimidating and friendly and colorful. You can make it all year round because it uses canned peaches instead of fresh (though fresh will work, too). It's got a beautiful cross section with bright spots of yellow peaches peek-a-booing out. And cream cheese frosting is always a hit with guests. Author Melissa Gray is my new best friend!

I made this cake in my mom's kitchen, and one of many special things about that (aside from the obvious - being in the company of my mother, which is always a treat), was that I was able to use my grandmother's tube pan to bake the cake. My mom has a lot of her mom's baking equipment. I never had a chance to meet my grandmother, but getting to use the exact same items she once used makes me feel like she's in the room with me. I know that she and I would have been great friends.

My grandmother was an avid baker, just like my mom and me. Baking must be hereditary. And Bubbe, this cake's for you!

Peach Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe by Melissa Gray in All Cakes Considered

For the cake
3 large eggs, beaten
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups sliced peaches, preferably canned
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

For the frosting
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

To make the cake
1. Center a rack and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare the cake pan by lining the bottom of a 10-inch tube pan with parchment paper and spraying the sides and bottom with baking spray.

2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, and oil. Mix on medium speed until just blended.

3. In a separate bowl, dry whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon together. Add to the egg mixture and beat until just combined. The batter will be sticky.

4. With a spatula and/or wooden spoon, fold in the peaches and nuts.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until the cake tests done.

6. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then unmold onto a cake rack. Allow to cool completely.

To make the frosting
7. With the mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract until smooth.

8. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and ginger. Beat until smooth.

9. Apply the frosting to the cooled cake.

Step-by-Step in Pictures

Grease and flour a 10-cup tube pan (this exact one was my grandmother's!)...

Combine the dry ingredients and set aside...
Mix the eggs, sugar, and oil...
Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture...
The batter will be sticky and light brown colored...
Drain the peaches (if canned, they come with syrup you'll need to discard) and slice each one in half if you want smaller pieces...
Add the peaches and nuts to the batter...

Fold them in to incorporate but don't overmix...

Pour batter into the prepared baking pan...

Bake at 375 degrees F for about 50 minutes...

Let cool completely...

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla...

Add the confectioners' sugar and ginger...

Mix until of spreading consistency...

Spread the frosting on the cake, garnish with nuts if desired, slice and serve!


Mom said...

Marni, I love your comments! I know my mom would have loved to share in your passion for baking. I felt like she was with us as we used her baking equipment and I am so happy you did, too. Plus, the cake is so old-fashioned and delicious...just the sort of cake she'd have baked!

Deborah Graff said...

Marni, I love all your posts, but this one was one of the sweetest. I am close to my mom too, and I hope to always be just as close with my own daughters. Just today my girls and I made a pineapple upside down cake, which is something I used to help my mom make way back in ye olde 1970s. It's true that baking is a wonderful way to bond with our loved ones, past and present.

Honeymoon bed breakfast said...

I love this cake! This looks lovely and would be the perfect for afternoon! Only thing is you need to eat them straight away otherwise they go soggy. so, best enjoyed with a cup of tea accompaniment!

Best Regards,

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