Peach Upside Down Cake from The Table
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 ripe peaches (I peeled them, but this may not be necessary)
8 tablespoons butter, softened (or grated – A new trick that works well!)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk, I used almond milk, but any kind will do.
- Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter in cast iron skillet or cake pan. Add the brown sugar and cook while stirring, until the sugar is melted and begins to bubble. It will burn fast so keep your eye on it. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
- Once cool, arrange the fruit on top of the buttery goodness. I tried for a pinwheel, but had extra space in the middle. Set aside.
- To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350F.
- Beat the 8 tablespoons of butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, and beat until smooth.
- In a separate container, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Stir in half of the flour mixture, then the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients. Do not overmix.
- Spread the batter over the fruit, being sure to get into all the nooks and crannies around the fruit.
- Bake for 45 minutes to one hour. You may also want to put a cookie sheet or some foil under the pan in case it leaks caramelized sugar, like mine did.
- Remove from oven, let cool about 20-30 minutes. Then the magic happens! Place a plate on top of the cake and, using oven mitts, flip the whole thing over. The cake may slide right out or it may take a bit of gentle wiggling. Beware of hot sugar. Don’t let it sit in the pan for too much longer than 30 minutes or it may stick.