This recipe was made for summer in Texas. There is nothing better than a ripe, local peach this time of year. The ones I chose were a bit firm when I bought them because I wasn’t sure how soon I would be making my cake.
Well, they ripened up at warp speed on my counter so I had to hurry up and use them. I can’t believe it, but I had never made an upside-down cake before. I was really excited to make this cake.
Luckily the peaches were the only thing I had to buy, I had everything else on hand. The cake mixed up quickly and I had it in the oven in no time.
I didn’t overload the cake with the peaches, even though it was tempting to. Even still, I had to put a pan under the cake to catch some excess juices. I am used to underbaking my cakes and cookies a bit, so letting it go as dark as I did gave me a bit of anxiety. I let it cool overnight while I pondered my options for toppings.
I ended up skipping the whipped cream–it turns out my husband doesn’t like whipped cream (I’m just finding this out four years in??! 😉 and so I made a second batch of whiskey caramel to pour on top. I was kind of hoping that cooking the whiskey would burn off the alcohol and the kiddos could help us eat the cake, but the second I tasted it I knew that was not an option.
The cake was still very, very boozy and so the eating duties fell to the grownups. My husband really liked the cake a lot and didn’t seem to mind. I really did like it too and will make it again, but I have to say: I don’t think it needed the extra topping and I don’t know that I would bother with it next time. I really loved the cake and the peaches on their own: I loved the soft almond flavor and lovely texture.
All in all, another great Baked recipe–and I had enough peaches leftover to make a yummy smoothie for my boys for breakfast the next morning.
Go see how my fellow bakers did!
Next up: Mile-High Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream!!! (This is going to be a doozy, I need to get myself invited to a dinner party so I don’t have to eat a whole cake alone!)
I loved this cake, but it came at a weird time. It really is a special cake, and would be perfect for a birthday. But it wasn’t anyone’s birthday and our A/C hasn’t been being freezing up so the house was a little warm-ish and I was baking and sweating and it wasn’t awesome. But I did have help:
The name made me giggle every time I looked at it, I couldn’t help but think of this.
The cake was a classic Baked cake, but with two layers instead of the three I’m used to with the other cakes I’ve made. (Sweet & Salty, Lemon Drop) I used local coffee and local organic chocolate (that was on clearance! I may have bought 4 bars, don’t judge) and the cakes baked up intensely dark and fragrant although they did seem to sink in the middle a bit.
That didn’t matter at all once I filled and frosted them. I always bake the cakes one evening and then frost the next day and that is what I did this time. I finished up the cakes at around 1am and for some reason after I added the chocolate and peanut toppings it just seemed like it needed to be a peace sign. I think I may have been delirious.
The cake was well-received at home:
and my kid-testers approved:
I would definitely make the cake again, but it would have to be for a special occasion.
Go see what my fellow bakers made! Next up: Lime Tarragon Cookies with White Chocolate Lime Topping. (Yum!!)
I was excited to make these because I LOVE vanilla malts. I love all things malt in general, really–who am I kidding?
I do love Whoppers, and that is what I used. Whole Foods carries these amazing chocolate peanut butter malted milk balls that I wanted to use, I was just too lazy to make the extra trip. (I was already at Target)
I love my KitchenAid ice cream attachment and I have made lots of different types: custard bases, infused cereal milk, eggless stovetop method…but I wanted to try vegan ice cream because my husband is sensitive to dairy and feels yucky after eating my yummy homemade confections. There is no sadder thing for a baker than to hurt people with their treats! I thought it would be a pain, or wouldn’t taste that good but I was wrong, wrong, wrong.
I did a quick google search and realized it was way easier than I could have imagined to whip up a quick non-dairy treat using coconut milk as the base.
I had a can on hand so the first time I tried it, I just tossed it in the fridge and let it chill overnight. That’s right! If you pre-chill the coconut milk then all you need to do to make vanilla ice cream instantly is to mix it up with a sweetener and some vanilla. If you want to get more creative, that’s easy to do as well. I know having to chill my base before freezing can be kind of a drag.
The next morning I added 2 tablespoons of vanilla bean paste (obsessed with it!) and sugar to taste. (I used about 1/4 cup I think) There are lots of alternative sweeteners that would work great, but that’s what I grabbed.
I was amazed at how delicious and creamy it was so when it came time to make these shakes I did the same thing but used three cans and right before it was the perfect consistency I added the Whoppers directly to the ice cream maker to finish freezing.
When it was all set I blended with a bit of almond milk in the food processor to make the ice cream into shakes and garnished with more Whoppers.
Holy moly it was good!!
And the best part was that I had ice cream leftovers for later!!!
Head on over and see how my fellow
bakers ice cream makers fared!