MAILI’S PEACH CAKE WITH BURNT SUGAR SHARDS

The secret to this cake is buying the best peaches possible.
I wait every year for Prima Peaches to come in season.  They are
so addictively delicious.  I sauté the peaches in butter and a
little butter and sugar so there are fresh peaches on
top of the cake as well as inside it.

For Peaches:

1 pound sliced peaches (about 3 cups) for inside of cake.
Additional peaches will be needed for top of cake.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

a pinch of kosher salt or sea salt

For the Cake:

1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs, at room temperature

3 cups unbleached white flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups cooked peaches (note:  the three cups of peaches will cook down to about 1 1/2 cups.
Reserve some peaches for the top of the cake or just cook more.  The more peaches the better!
Also remember to reserve the liquid from the cooked peaches for the frosting.

For the Frosting:

2 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened

2 sticks of unsalted butter

2 1-pound box of powdered sugar

1/4 cup of peach syrup (liquid after you cook the peaches)

For the Shards of Sugar (to garnish additional peaches and to garnish top of cake)

1 cup Sugar

For the peaches: Heat a large skillet to medium high heat.  Add butter and peaches.  Sprinkle with sugar.  (if the peaches are not naturally sweet you may need more sugar.  The peaches I use are very sweet and only need a little sugar)  Add ground ginger and a pinch of salt.  Set aside.

For the Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter and flour 2 8-inch-round cake pans.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing them completely into the butter mixture after each addition.

In a separate bowl combine all of the remaining dry ingredients:  flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix or sift together well.  Add the dry ingredient mixture alternately with the sour cream.  Stir in the vanilla extract.

Fold in 1 1/2 cups of the cooked peaches into the cake batter.  Divide batter evenly between cake pans.  Baked for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove cakes from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Then invert onto cooling racks to finish cooling.

Make the Frosting: It is probably best to make the frosting in two batches unless you have a really big bowl.  So put one block of cream cheese, one stick of butter and one box of cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended.  Mix in reserved peach syrup from your cooked peaches.  Then make another batch exactly like it.

Make the burnt sugar shards: Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  In a large stainless steel saucepan, place the sugar.  Heat over medium high heat until sugar begins to melt and brown.  Do not stir.  Tilt the pan if you need it to melt more evenly.  As soon as the sugar is a beautiful amber brown color pour it onto the parchment paper lined sheet tray.  Slightly tilt the pan so it spreads around.  It should harden immediately as it cools.   When it is completely hard break it into shards by either hitting it with a mallet or dropping the tray so the sugar cracks.

Frost the cake.  Just before presenting place more sautéed peaches on top of the cake for garnish.  Place some of the sugar shards on top of the peaches.  Garnish around the cake with peach halves and quarters and piles of burnt sugar.

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  1. Feb 15-2011 , 12:11AM
    Wow this cake looks really pretty!!! Thanks for sharing!
  2. Feb 15-2011 , 05:57AM
    So Beautiful!!!!! I know this cake has to taste Amazing!!!! I will definately make this Beauty, Thank you for sharing!!!!! Beautiful pictures too!




    Michelle Torres
    decorater4life@aol,com
  3. Feb 15-2011 , 07:10AM
    Yummmm! This looks delicious!
  4. Feb 15-2011 , 11:50AM
    i've been waiting for this ever since the cake contest. thank you SO much for sharing...can't wait to try it out~
  5. Feb 15-2011 , 02:04PM
    Such a gorgeous cake! Thanks for the great tips!
  6. Feb 16-2011 , 09:26AM
    Oh man, this looks so scrumptious! Thank you for the recipe!
  7. Feb 16-2011 , 10:42AM
    I'm so making this cake!
  8. Feb 18-2011 , 11:15AM
    Oh my this looks amazing!! Thank you for sharing! The shots for the dessert-fest in Santa Barbara were delicious!
  9. Feb 20-2011 , 04:16PM
    Mmm...I can't wait to make this cake! Thank you for sharing the recipe <3
  10. Feb 22-2011 , 09:33AM
    yumyumyumyum YUM!
  11. Feb 24-2011 , 01:14AM
    yum. Yes please
  12. Mar 27-2011 , 12:40PM
    It looks like in the instructions for the frosting its suppose to say one block of cream cheese and one box of powdered sugar...instead it says one block of cream cheese and one box of cream cheese. Just clarifying for anyone who thinks they will make this, I will be making it in a week or so!
  13. May 23-2011 , 05:27PM
    I can't believe how tasty this cake looks! I just bought a handful of peaches at the market... pretty sure I know what I'll be making tomorrow!
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  15. Jul 13-2011 , 07:02AM
    This is absolutely stunning. I feel like I could eat peaches with a little butter and sugar over anything. Love your site, so glad to have happened upon it :)
  16. Jul 19-2011 , 08:44AM
    I made this for my friend's birthday last weekend and everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing!
  17. Sep 02-2011 , 05:04AM
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    Sep 02-2011 , 09:04PM
    made this twice A HUGEEEEEE HIT!!!!!! side note i only needed one batch of frosting not two. anyways this is now my go to special cake recipe, thank you!!!!!
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    I just saw this cake this morning for the first time on Pinterest. It is SO pretty!!!
  25. Cydney Johnson:
    Sep 17-2012 , 11:57AM
    Made this for my grandmother's birthday with the delicious Colorado Peaches that come out at the end of summer! It was delicious, but there are some things I would like to make note...First, YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAKE 2 BATCHES OF ICING! One batch will work just fine...we ended up tossing a ton b/c there was just too much left over. I would also revamp the frosting recipe a bit. I would make a cream cheese whipped frosting with less powdered sugar and whipping cream added to give it a lighter texture. The 1 pound of powdered sugar was far too sweet and gave a little bit of a grainy texture.
    The cake itself was very different...pretty heavy for a cake....and hand A LOT of flour in it. If I made this again, I would probably do less flour and add in some spices like ginger, cinnamon and all spice to give it a bit more of a kick with the peaches. If I were to describe the texture of the cake, I would say it's something like a cake scone. It wasn't super flavorful and the texture reminded me of a scone.
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