With leftover peaches from this month's Dessert Challenge, I decided to forge ahead with my original idea ... an upside down cake featuring peaches and cherries.
And this was the result - almost a coffee cake kind of texture with a hint of spice cake due to a heavier dose of cinnamon. I think it was better after resting overnight, and found it incredibly moist by day 2.
Peach & Cherry Upside Down Cake
1 cup unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 medium peach, peeled and sliced in wedges
10-12 fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 3 tablespoons of butter and the brown sugar in a lightly greased 9-inch cake pan. Set pan in preheated oven for 4-5 minutes or until butter and brown sugar are bubbly. Stir to be sure both are evenly distributed. Let cool slightly.
Lay peach slices around the edge of the cake pan. Place cherries, cut side down, between the peaches and around the center, filling gaps with any remaining peaches.
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Cream remaining 5 tablespoons of butter on low speed, add sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture, alternately with milk, mixing well after each addition.
Pour batter in cake pan, completely covering the fruit. Tap pan lightly on the counter to remove any bubbles. Bake for 40-50 minutes until center tests done.
Run knife around the edge of the cake pan to loosen. Place pan on a wire rack and cool at least 25 minutes. Lay platter on top of pan and invert.
Whew! Now, that is a hold your breath kind of moment, waiting to hear the cake release from the pan ... and hoping ALL of it releases! I have had some complete disasters, but fortunately this one slipped out like a dream!
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