Peach Upside Down Cake

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Peach Upside Down Cake is the best summer dessert!

peach upside down cake on a white plate

This peach upside down cake is the best recipe to make at the height of summer– when peaches are plentiful in the grocery stores, and when they’re at their sweetest. A sweet, ripe peach is just about one of the best thing to eat in the summertime.  And when you add fresh peaches to desserts, that’s an even better way to enjoy them!

cover of the Just Peachy cookbook

Just Peachy

Just Peachy is a new cookbook by Belinda Smith-Sullivan.  If you’re a regular reader of RecipeGirl, you will know that I have an affinity for niche cookbooks.  This one is all about recipes made with peaches!  It’s the perfect cookbook to use in the summertime when you can find loads of fresh, juicy, sweet peaches! In this book, you’ll find chapters highlighting breads/breakfasts, appetizers, soups/salads/sides, main courses, pies, desserts, sauces/condiments and beverages.  I think all of the meals of the day are pretty much covered!

Here are a few recipes I’ve bookmarked to make: Blueberry Peach Scones with Lemon Glaze, Cast Iron Peach Cornbread, Spinach- Peach Salad with Stilton Cheese and Walnuts, Salmon with Peach- Mango Sauce, Flat Iron Steak with Honey Grilled Peaches, Raspberry- Peach Crumble, Peach Amaretto Ice Cream, Peach Salsa, Peach Barbecue Sauce and Peach Margaritas.  Don’t they all sound wonderful?

three photo process showing how to put peaches in cast iron skillet for peach upside down cake- peaches in pan, batter on top, and the baked cake

How to make a Peach Upside Down Cake:

Making an upside down cake is a two-step process.  The first is preparing the fruit that will go in the bottom of the pan.  In this recipe, peeled and sliced peaches are combined with brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon.  And then the peaches are placed (in a decorative way) into the bottom of the pan (a cast iron skillet).  The extra juices are drizzled over.

The second part of the recipe is preparing the cake batter.  It’s an almond-scented buttermilk cake batter.  And the cake batter is spread on top of the peaches in the pan.  Then it’s time to bake the cake!

overhead shot of peach upside down cake on a white plate with some fresh peaches in the background

When the cake is done baking, you’ll let it sit for about 10 minutes.  Then it’s time to get it onto a plate.  You’ll place a serving plate over the pan and carefully invert it to make the cake appear upside down on the plate. If any peaches stick to the pan, just pull them out of the pan and place them where they’re supposed to go on the cake. You can drizzle any extra juices on top of the cake.

overhead shot of peach upside down cake with a slice being taken out of it

How to peel peaches:

Heat water to boiling in a large pot. Use a knife to make an X cut on the bottom of each peach and set aside. In a large bowl, prepare an ice bath (fill with water and some ice cubes). When the water comes to a boil, work in batches to put a few peaches in the boiling water for 45 to 60 seconds.  Using a slotted spoon, remove the peaches from the boiling water and put them in the ice bath, and allow to cool completely. Where the X was made, you can see the skin pulling away from the peach. Repeat until you’ve boiled all the peaches you need.

When cool enough to handle, hold a peach in your hand and rub the skin with your fingers to remove the peach skin.  It should easily separate from the peach.  Then you can continue with your recipe preparation and slice your peaches into wedges.

slice of peach upside down cake on a white plate with peaches and the cake in the background

Serve slices with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Here are a few more upside down cake recipes you might enjoy:

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Peach Upside Down Cake

A picture-perfect cake!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 337kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peach cake, peach upside down cake, upside down cake



  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 to 6 medium peaches, peeled and sliced


  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • powdered sugar, for dusting the top of the cake


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a well-seasoned 9-inch cast iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray.


  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon. Pour into the skillet and arrange the peaches on top. Set aside.


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar together until pale yellow. Add the egg and almond extract; beat until combined. Beat in the flour mixture and the buttermilk in parts, alternately; beat until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the skillet and spread evenly over the peaches. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting onto a serving plate. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Judy Gorski wrote:

    Can you make this cake without cast iron skillet????

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You could try using a 9-inch cake pan.

  • Rose Theobald wrote:

    Thanks for the response Lori

  • Rose Theobald wrote:

    Can I use frozen peaches? I have alot of frozen peaches I need to use and need some ideas.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, the cake won’t be as pretty though since the slices won’t be super uniform.

  • Natalie wrote:

    YUM! I love peach desserts! This cake looks amazing and perfect for the summer! Can’t wait to try this recipe soon!

  • Charlotte Moore wrote:

    LOVE peaches!! We will be getting lots of peaches this weekend.

  • Sandra Female Bocanegra wrote:

    Can I use a store bought cake mix for the batter? Like a yellow or white cake mix? Not that i”m Iazy…. 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Haven’t tried it with a store-bought mix!