Tuesday, September 14, 2010

TWD: Cranberry Upside-Downer (but not cranberry)

It's early September, and I am loving the slightly cooler weather here in the Chicago area. This cake totally fits in the fall season. Except there weren't really cranberries to be had just yet. And by slightly cooler I mean low 80's instead of 95 and humid. The other option was peach. I went with peaches.

I found these fabulous, sweet, HUGE peaches as Costco. Huge as in bigger than a tennis ball. When you go big, you run the risk of mealy peaches. Not these. They are sweet and delicious. It only took one peach to line my pan.

HUGE peaches.

This is one peach sliced and fanned out.

This is a simple recipe. It's a basic upside down cake. It started with a syrup of sugar and butter. Next came a layer of peaches. Last was a simple butter cake. Into the oven for a bake. Out of the oven for a flip. I was a tad nervous. But it worked out just fine. There was lots of syrup pooled on the plate near the cake. A few hours of resting took care of it. The cake soaked it all back up. I was worried that it would get soggy, but it only added a lovely peachy moistness to the cake. Dorie offers a glaze option, but I don't think it was at all necessary.

Yum! This is minutes after the flip. You can still see some juice around the edges

You can almost see how moist and yummy this cake is (was - didn't last long)

This one is an absolute keeper. I can't wait to try it again with cranberries! Go to Sabrina's blog to see what the cranberry version looks like.

24 comments:

Judy said...

If I hadn't had cranberries in the freezer, I would have tried the peach option. Yours looks really delicious!

cindy said...

Wow, what a beautiful cake, I will have to try it with peaches.

Peggy said...

I think the peaches look delicious. I love anything with a peach on it, don't you? It would be so good with a cup of coffee right now for my breakfast! I don't know why, but I actually had cranberries in my freezer. Weird.

chocolatechic said...

So beautiful.

I didn't use cranberries or peaches.

Cakelaw said...

This cake is indeed a keeper. Yours looks fabulous and sunny. What lovely peaches!

Sabrina said...

Beautiful job with the peaches! You did a good job of flipping! :)

Beth said...

Lovely with the peaches!

Clivia said...

Oh my! What a gorgeous cake. I'll have to try it with peaches.

Becky said...

i did the peach one too. yes it was so delicious and moist!

Flourchild said...

Everything is bigger at Costco! I love your peach updise downer! I used cherries and loved it!

theunappreciatedbaker said...

Those peaches are huge! the spiraling is beautiful and totally adds to such a delicious cake.

Pamela said...

Looks amazing!!

Tia said...

you're right about those peaches - they're Gi-Normous!!!

Jeannette said...

yum!! i'll have to make this with peaches cus it looks SO great!

Nichi said...

Geez those peaches are huge!

Katrina said...

Wow, those are big peaches. Cake looks great!

margot said...

Beautiful cake! I love the photo of the peaches and the tennis ball. I completely forgot about the glaze - definitely did not need it.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I agree this recipe is a keeper ! i love your fanning skills !

spike. said...

looks like a perfect flip!

jillbert said...

That looks awesome, and I like the HUGE peaches!

I didn't realize you are in the Chicago area - I'm just north of you in the Milwaukee area!

Beth said...

Those really are huge peaches! Your cake looks wonderful.

Medifast Coupons said...

I have the cranberries, thanks for the link. Cake looks really good and moist even in a picture.

Leslie said...

Gorgeous cake! I love how you spiraled your peaches!

Kayte said...

You are so good with getting those peaches lined up to look so pretty...this is one very impressive job with this recipe. No cranberries here either...am not sure I ever realized that before!