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Jersey Peach Cake

Cupcakes for Breakfast: peach cake and peach ice cream

August is one of my favorite months to go home to New Jersey. Everything is SO green and the local produce is super ripe. Schools out and everything is so slow and relaxed. It was so wonderful to spend a few days at home last week. I couldn’t have picked a better time to be surrounded by family, warm memories, and some of my favorite foods.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: peach cake and peach ice cream

I missed my little town’s annual peach festival by a few days, but I was able to still celebrate the sweet Jersey peaches that are grown nearby. My mom and I cooked a big family dinner and I knew that I wanted to contribue a peach dessert. This cake was perfect. Even better, we topped it off with homemade peach ice cream from Alstede Farms down the street.

Doesn’t matter if you’re in NJ, while you can still find ripe peaches, you should definitely make this cake for people you love.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: peach cake and peach ice cream

Jersey Peach Cake

For the topping:  

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup golden brown sugar
  • 4 ripe peaches, cut into 8 wedges each (I leave the skin on)

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. For the topping, melt butter in a small sauce­pan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and stir constantly for 2 minutes, until sugar is melted and mix­ture is smooth. Pour into a 9″ round cake pan and evenly spread over bottom of pan. Place peaches in a circular pattern over the bottom of cake pan. Set aside.
  3. Stir together flour and baking pow­der in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add  eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and cream, and beat well until combined. Gently stir in the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Spoon the batter evenly over peaches.
  4. Place cake pan on a baking sheet and bake on the middle rack for 55 minutes, until top is set and springy and a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before turning out upside down onto a plate. Allow to cool before serving. Serve with peach or vanilla ice cream.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: peach cake and peach ice cream

I have a few other favorite peach desserts so if you’re still craving more, check out these other recipes:

peaches and cream cupcakes
peach cobbler
vanilla peach popsicles
peach shortbread

Chocolate Chip Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cupcakes for Breakfast: chocolate chip coconut ice cream sandwiches

It’s officially summer in DC and it’s hot! It’s also muggy, sticky, and humid, but honestly I’m loving the heat. On my day off, I’m trying to find time to just sit outside and soak it up a bit. I’m inside so much now that it feels good to feel the sun. Even if I’m just sitting and doing nothing but sipping on my iced coffee. Plus I need the vitamin D.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: chocolate chip coconut ice cream sandwiches

The heat also has me craving my favorite summer frozen treats from when I was a kid. It reminds me of sitting on the beach in Nantucket in cut off jean shorts and a bathing suit top, licking up the ice cream or popsicle before it melts completely over my sticky fingers. I loved creamy push-up pops, Italian ice, and soft serve covered in rainbow sprinkles. But really my favorite frozen dessert was absolutely an ice cream sandwich.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: chocolate chip coconut ice cream sandwiches

The Chipwich defined some of my favorite summer memories. In fact, for many years, I thought they were sold exclusively at Jetties beach on Nantucket, because that’s where I exclusively had them for years. Chipwich, Jetties, hot sand, kites in the air, sandbar, boardwalk, ferries in the distance. The perfect Nantucket summer memory. When I found out I could get a Chipwich anywhere, I felt both excited and betrayed. The idea that I could eat one without all those great things surrounding me was so unnerving.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: chocolate chip coconut ice cream sandwiches

But I’m not going to Nantucket this summer (big bummer, I know), so I’ll do anything I can to recreate those memories. So here is my attempt, with these chocolate chip coconut ice cream sandwiches. Here’s how it goes… bake your favorite batch of chocolate chip cookies and sandwich your favorite ice cream between two cookies. For this batch, I used a great roasted coconut ice cream, which was creamy, sweet, and added just a hint of another rich flavor. Go outside, even if you have to sit on your city stoop, and enjoy both the sun and your ice cream sandwich all over you.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: chocolate chip coconut ice cream sandwiches

Pastel Rows

Just some pretty things that have been catching my eye recently… I’ve been thinking about pastels a lot for fall – pairing them at home and in outfits with dark structured pieces, metallics, and leather. Can it just be 60 degrees and boot weather again? It should be getting up to about 105 today, so sit by a fan, enjoy these soft, cool hues, and go get yourself some matching gelato.

pastel color rows { pastels | row houses | ice cream sandwiches | clutches | macaron cake

Hot, Hot Summer Favorites

Man, it’s HOT. At least these things remind me how fun and colorful summer can be!

summer faves coral madewell topshop dormify loren hope avocado ice cream target bag dress

snake bar clutch | bangles | love the coral color of this peplum tunicLoren Hope kelly necklace | put avocado on everything! | Design Darling crystal studs for dressing up or down | felix flatssilk dotty top | ikat pillow | spectra wine glasses | constantly craving ice cream | banded fedora | succulent candles | this sequin straw tote is perfect for the market and the beach