Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Peaches & Cream Upside Down Cake

Have you been looking for a simple yet impressive cake that takes next to no time to whip up? If so, you can end your search here...this Peaches & Cream Upside Down Cake is a beauty. For not much more effort than a Victoria sponge you can make this light, summery and quite frankly delicious cake! Conincidentally, the bakers on the Great British Bake Off were also making upside down cakes this week, although their's were a little more fancy than this one! I took my cake out of the oven about 5 minutes before the new series started...must be psychic!
You could use your regular Victoria sponge recipe to make this, all that is required is to cut three ripe peaches into 8 slices per peach. Toss the peach slices in 85g of light brown sugar and arrange on the bottom of a base lined 20cm sandwich tin (also grease the sides with a little butter). Split your Victoria sponge mix in half and spread half in a second sandwich tin and half over the arranged peaches. Bake for 20-25 minutes or however long your sponge recipe suggests. The tin with peaches in may take around 5-15 minutes longer than the other so keep an eye on it. Both sponges should be golden brown.
To finish sandwich the two cakes together with cream. The original recipe suggests using clotted cream which I'm sure is delicious but I thought it might be a little bit rich, so I whipped up some double cream.
The BBC Goodfood website has a good recipe for a 'Classic Sponge Sandwich' which I used. Finally, I'd recommend not using loose-bottomed sandwich tins...I tried this previously (as suggested by the recipe) when I made an Apricot Upside Down Cake but it ended in tears when most of the apricot juice and sugar leaked out of the bottom!!!
I'm entering this cake into the One Ingredient Challenge with peaches being this month's special ingredient. The challenge is hosted by Nazima at Working London Mummy, who is this month's host, and Laura at How to Cook Good Food.
I'm also entering it into Simple and in Season hosted by Fabulicious Food as fabulously juicy peaches are now in season. Check out more about Eating with the Seasons here.
Finally, I'm entering it into a new Great British Bake Off Challenge hosted by Lottie's World of Cakes and Bakes where she is inviting participants to enter bakes inspired by the GBBO. So seeing they started the new series with Upside Down Cakes this is perfect! :-)

16 comments:

  1. Yum!! looks delicious as always xx

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  2. Well I don't know about GBBO looking fancier - I think this looks absolutely divine, especially with the layers. Very clever presentation and looks absolutely scrummy! :)

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  3. What a coincidence as soon as I saw this blog I though GBBO. Your cakes looks delish x

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  4. This cake look fantastic! I see that you took extra effort to sandwich the cake with cream... For me, I'm too lazy and will just eat the cake with cream :D

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  5. stunner... what a clever I dea to do it as a victoria sponge with the cream... I think this would have wiped the floor with the entries on last night... nice stuff!

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  6. Gorgeous cake! Lovely additional touch with the sandwiched layers. As always you've done a fab job.
    Anuja

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  7. That's so funny, when I saw your post pop up in my reader I just thought you were really on the ball and had baked this promptly after watching GBBO, but no you were ahead of the game and had it in the oven before it even aired! that is a little bit scary! I'm absolutely loving the look of your peaches, so juicy! and I love that you added cream in the middle - usually I don't love upside down cakes because there's no fluffy frosting but the cream is a great idea instead!

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  8. That is a truly stunning cake Laura and I reckon it's more fancy than anything produced by the GBBO crew! This is such a great idea for ramped up version of a summery Victoria sandwich.

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  9. Mmm, really yummy cake! I bake a similar cake with apples. This looks delicious!

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  10. Gorgeous cake and perfect timing with GBBO! Do you have insider knowledge? :)

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  11. This looks lovely! I so wanted some upside down cake after watching GBBO! Love the addition of cream.

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  12. This looks delicious! I love that it is 2 layers! Would you like to enter it into my Bake Off Challenge? http://lottiesworldofcakesandbakes.eu/a-great-british-bake-off-blog-challenge/

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  13. What a beautiful looking cake. How spooky that you subconsciously predicted upside down cakes for GBBO!

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  14. Stunning cake! Love upside down cakes but have only ever tried the traditional pineapple one before, will definitely have to give peaches a go!

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  15. Simply gorgeous. REally pretty and must have tasted divine. Thanks for sharing !

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