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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

Vacation Peach Cobbler

Is it really already Monday? I’m still in post-vacation shock that I have to go back to (rainy) reality today. Wasn’t I just on beautiful Lake Michigan? Oh well. There’s nothing better to start the week than with something sweet, right?

fresh ripe local Wisconsin peaches for peach cobbler on vacation on Lake Michigan

One night on vacation, we celebrated the upcoming wedding with a big family dinner and I volunteered to bring dessert. Here’s what I had to work with: dessert for around 30 people, some great local produce, and an empty rental house with no kitchen staples. The result: a perfect pan of peach cobbler. And my secret weapon: Bisquick.

easy Wisconsin peach cobbler with fresh local peaches

So I can’t take a whole lot of credit for the perfect crumbly crust, but I concocted the idea of everything that I poured into that pan and to my surprise, it all worked out.  And vacation peach cobbler was a success! – Also, I think it’s pretty tough to f-up Bisquick. That’s why it’s great. Oh, and adding fresh whipped cream to anything makes it heavenly. No brainer here.

Peach cobbler and homemade whipped cream on vacation on Lake Michigan

Here’s the thing. Sometimes you’ll have to cut corners. Sometimes you won’t have flour or nutmeg or that special kitchen tool with you. Oh my, sometimes you won’t actually make dessert entirely from scratch. Get over it. What matters is what goes on when you’re eating your semi-homemade (cue nails-on-chalkboard Sandra-Lee grimace) dessert. Celebrating family and joy and outlasting love and the breathtaking I-can’t-believe-we’re-in-Wisconsin Lake Michigan view and sweet ripe summer peaches. That’s what matters.

vacation peach cobbler dessert for a big party

Vacation Peach Cobbler

This recipe will be rough and random. I dare you to concoct your own vacation dessert mess and see what happens. If you share it with fun, smart, beautiful, people – I promise it will go well. (And if not, you’ll be with people with a great sense of humor.)

Toss sliced ripe peaches with sugar and cinnamon. I used about 15 peaches, 1 cup sugar,  1 tablespoon cinnamon. Pour into a large baking dish.

In a large bowl combine Bisquick and milk. It’s roughly a 1:1 ratio, but I felt mine was a little too runny so I added more Bisquick. I used a little over 3 cups Bisquick. Pour this mixture over the peaches.

Bake for 60 minutes. Serve warm-ish and with fresh whipped cream.

Wisconsin Lake Michigan vacation peach cobbler with fresh whipped cream

Peachy Keen Inspiration

Yes, another peach post! I hope you’re not sick of them yet…I definitely am not!

My good friend and designer-extraordinaire Suite Paperie designed and styled a super fun “peachy keen” themed birth announcement/welcome home party. I’m in love with everything about this, especially the adorable custom peach pattern! The beautifully styled suite combined with my obsession with DC farmer’s market peaches and the 100+° temps inspired me to make a cold, sweet treat to match.

And get this, these popsicles are so simple to make. You’ll be cooling down in a flash! Just combine 1 cup of sliced, crushed peaches with 2 cups of vanilla yogurt. Pour into 6 small paper cups and insert a wooden stick in the center. Freeze overnight.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: summer peach popsicles

Suite Paperie

Cupcakes for Breakfast: summer peach popsicles

Suite Paperie

Cupcakes for Breakfast: summer peach popsicles

Suite Paperie

Cupcakes for Breakfast: summer peach popsicles

Suite Paperie

They look great together right? See more of the “Peachy Keen” suite at Suite Paperie!

Just peachy

Picked up some of the last summer peaches at the market Sunday. They were super ripe and with a little dash of cinnamon, turned into a lovely early fall dessert.

You’ve seen galettes here before. They’re my favorite go-to summer dessert. It may be cheating, but you should always have a frozen pie crust on hand. Also, it’s a great and easy way to impress a boy, if I do say so myself.

Peach galette recipe.

Serve warm and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream….bliss.

Simple Summer Galettes

Cupcakes for Breakfast: raspberry blueberry galette

I had made a galette earlier this summer and my brother asked me to make another one while we were on vacation on Nantucket. This is one of the most simple and delicious desserts. It also looks so impressive – like right out of  Parisean bakery.  We picked out fresh fruit from Bartlett’s Farm – the sweet but natural flavors are perfect for a summer dessert.

Peach/Raspberry-Blueberry Galette

  • Frozen pie crust, thawed
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 2 peaches, sliced or 1 cup of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs butter
  1. Preheat oven to 400° Place wax paper on a baking sheet and roll out pie crust on top.
  2. In a bowl, combine: blueberries, peaches flour and sugar.
  3. Place fruit mixture in the middle of the pie crust.
  4. Begin folding the edge of crust in, around the fruit — this will naturally create the beautiful folds of the galette. Cut up butter into small pieces and place on top of fruit.
  5. Sprinkle the outer crust with some sugar.
  6. Bake for 25 min or until crust is golden brown. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Summer peach blueberry raspberry galettes

Raspberry blueberry summer galette

peach blueberry summer pie

summer berry galette

summer berry galette with ice cream