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Thursday 4 June 2015

Peach and Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

This cake was created as a result of a glut of rhubarb and those peaches you buy to ripen at home and then they all ripen at once and you have to use them quick before they get over-ripe! It's really moist and the perfect 'pudding cake' as it can be eaten as warm or cold as a dessert with cream, yogurt, custard or ice-cream.  It is also just as nice as a slice of cake with a cup of tea or coffee.

Peach and Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

4 peaches or nectarines
1 large  or two medium stalks of rhubarb, thinly sliced
125g butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
125g soft brown sugar

125g softened butter
125g soft brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
125g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder

For the topping
  1. Melt the butter and mix with the soft brown sugar. Grease a 20cm round cake tin and spread the butter and sugar mixture in the base of the tin.
  2. Skin the peaches by placing in a bowl and covering with boiling water, leave for 2 minutes, then lift them out and the skin should slip off easily.  Slice the peaches into even slices and place on the sugar mixture in a pleasing pattern.
  3. Cover the peaches with the thinly sliced rhubarb.

For the cake
  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat well with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes until well blended.
  2. Spoon the mixture over the peaches and rhubarb and smooth the top.
  3. Bake at 190C/170C fan for 25 minutes or test with a skewer, the cake is done when the skewer, when placed into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.
  4. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then remove from the tin and either serve warm or cool on a cooling rack. 

As it is the season for peaches, here are a few more ideas for cooking, baking and preserving them :

Peach Coffee Cake - Little Sunny Kitchen
Cinnamon Peach and Ice Cream Waffles - Made With Pink
Peach and White Chocolate Cake - Tin and Thyme
Peach, Marzipan and Amaretto Crumble - Casa Costello
Peach and Apricot Jam - Fab Food 4 All
Peach and Ginger Compote - Natural Kitchen Adventures
Peach Upside Down Cake - Jen's Food

I'm adding this Peach and Rhubarb Upside Down Cake to the Midsummer Madness themed Love Cake Linky run at JibberJabber UK

This will also be my contribtuion to Bake of the Week over at Casa Costello

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At 4 June 2015 at 20:03 , Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful cake Janice. I've not tried peach and rhubarb together before but it sounds like a delicious combination. Thanks for linking to my recipe :)

At 4 June 2015 at 20:39 , Anonymous Ceri Jones said...

A glut of rhubarb and peaches - sounds incredible! Think this is a great way to make the most of them. I've been making a lot of rhubarb compote recently too! Wonder if this would work gluten free. Fingers crossed!

At 4 June 2015 at 21:48 , Anonymous Lucy @ BakingQueen74 said...

This looks so summery with those golden peaches. Upside down cakes are fab.

At 4 June 2015 at 21:55 , Blogger Choclette said...

Skinning peaches Janice? That is dedicated. I've never thought to use rhubarb in an upside down cake and am not totally enthralled by the idea. It looks gorgeous. Thanks for linking to my peach cake :)

At 4 June 2015 at 22:01 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Jen and thank you for letting me share your recipe.

At 4 June 2015 at 22:02 , Blogger Janice said...

I hate to waste anything Ceri! I'm sure you will find a way of making this gluten free, thanks for letting me share your compote

At 4 June 2015 at 22:03 , Blogger Janice said...

I love peaches and nectarines they are so summery. I bet you could bake this in your slow cooker.

At 4 June 2015 at 22:05 , Blogger Janice said...

I don't know about dedicated but they do look nicer when cooked or baked. I certainly wouldn't skin them if I was eating them raw. The rhubarb worked really well as an upside down cake, I may make it without the peaches. Thanks for letting me share your peach cake post.

At 5 June 2015 at 07:37 , Blogger Unknown said...

Oooh. Pudding cake. My favourite. Love the combo of fruits. Love the cake. Easy to make. Win win win x

At 5 June 2015 at 09:18 , Anonymous Alison said...

Gorgeous cake, I love peaches and rhubarb so will have to try this

At 5 June 2015 at 11:40 , Blogger Unknown said...

Since I am starving I should not really be looking at cakes as good as this one Janice. Great mix of peach and rhubarb not something I would have thought of myself.

At 5 June 2015 at 21:16 , Blogger Sue/the view from great island said...

How can it be that I've never thought to combine peaches and rhubarb - it sounds like a match made in heaven!

At 6 June 2015 at 12:03 , Blogger The Baking Explorer said...

Stunning cake Janine, I love the mix of peach and rhubarb.

At 6 June 2015 at 14:15 , Blogger GG said...

This looks delicious, I bet the peach and rhubarb combo is delicious. GG

At 6 June 2015 at 15:28 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That looks wonderful Janice, but I have to say I would want my slice with custard.

At 6 June 2015 at 19:02 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks for all the love, Dom X

At 6 June 2015 at 19:02 , Blogger Janice said...

Please do try it Ali, it was so simple and such a versatile cake.

At 6 June 2015 at 19:03 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Bintu, I'm surprised that people find the combination a little unusual, it didn't occur to me at all!

At 6 June 2015 at 19:03 , Blogger Janice said...

Bit of a "waste not, want not" sort of cake really, but it worked very well.

At 6 June 2015 at 19:04 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Kat.

At 6 June 2015 at 19:04 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Amanda

At 6 June 2015 at 19:04 , Blogger Janice said...

It would be excellent warm with custard, especially on a horrible wet cold day like today!

At 7 June 2015 at 00:22 , Anonymous AncientMariner said...

What a great cake/pudding idea, certain it will taste as fabulous as it looks. Loads of rhubarb about now too, as well as those peaches that all ripen together overnight. Going to ask my Fair Lady to to knock one up tomorrow while she is in the galley.

At 7 June 2015 at 14:32 , Blogger Janice said...


At 8 June 2015 at 13:53 , Anonymous ManjiriK said...

I could really do with a huge slice of your most amazing looking cake with a really interesting combination Janice. I really need to get back to baking soon!

At 11 June 2015 at 20:23 , Anonymous Helen at Casa Costello said...

Beautiful - You have done a terrific job of making an upside down cake look pretty! Thanks so much for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek once again x

At 17 June 2015 at 13:25 , Blogger Jibberjabberuk said...

I've got a glut of rhubarb this year and I love the combination of it with peaches. I'll have to try this before it all gets made into crumbles to put into the freezer!


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