Simple Summer Peach Cake

June 11, 2010

You may be wondering why we decided to make last summer's winning Simple Summer Peach Cake by Savour for this week's video -- for one thing, it's a darn good cake. But even better, as part of our exciting summer partnership with Whole Foods Market, this is one of 4 recipes that will be featured both on Whole Foods' website and on recipe cards in stores nationwide!  

In revisiting this recipe, we were reminded how terrific this cake is, and also stumbled on a few happy accidents. For one, we learned that, in this recipe, nectarines are a perfect early summer substitute for peaches. And after Amanda inadvertently dumped a lot (a LOT) of turbinado sugar on the nectarine-studded batter, we discovered it made for a wonderfully crunchy, caramelized crust. Two splendid variations!

Big thanks to Elena Parker for shooting and editing this video, which will also be featured on Whole Foods' website!

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Midge June 21, 2010
I made this two days ago and have pretty much polished it off myself, sliver by sliver. Can't wait to try it with plums.
TheWimpyVegetarian June 15, 2010
I made this yesterday with white nectarines and my biggest fear right now is that I might eat the rest of the cake - all of it - today. It was that good. A note for anyone who is allergic to nuts like I am: I did a 1-for-1 substitution of the almond flour for AP flour and it was just right.
Amanda H. June 15, 2010
Thanks for this info -- helpful to many.
Savour June 14, 2010
I've made it with apricots and with plums (though the plum cake is a bit wetter, and I like to substitute cardamom for the nutmeg).
Amanda H. June 15, 2010
Plums and cardamom -- terrific flavor combination!
Kitchen B. June 12, 2010
Creme fraiche with that cake would be perfect. Sorry, I should have said cold creme fraiche......It looks heavenly! And Amanda, we're alike......I love batch cooking things in the oven (time and gas saver!)
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
Great point about saving gas.
Culinista A. June 12, 2010
This looks delightful, can I make it with apricots?
Kitchen B. June 12, 2010
I would think you could do it with (firm but ripe) apricots - most recipes calling from stone fruit can be successfully made with peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots.
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
Yes -- I think it would be terrific with apricots. In fact, I plan to try it.
Merrill S. June 14, 2010
Great idea!
sygyzy June 11, 2010
I really enjoyed this video. I liked the little tips on beating in air and how to make your own almond flour. I think my favorite part though was when Amanda kept adding in all that sugar, then later she made a joke about it. So dreamy.
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
Thanks -- I'm expert at not following directions!
AntoniaJames June 11, 2010
What a great video! What a great-looking cake, too! Yummmm. Still waiting for free-stone yellow nectarines here . . . . but looking forward to using them in this!! ;o)
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
I think you'll like it -- seems like your kind of cake!
aargersi June 11, 2010
YUM! Peaches are IN in Texas, too, this may be in our immediate future. Could one of you actual baker people explain the difference between baking soda and baking powder?
Kitchen B. June 11, 2010 should give you some info on the differences........
aargersi June 11, 2010
Thanks KB! makes sense!!
Kelsey B. June 11, 2010
I made this cake several times last summer and it is really good! Good to know about the nectarines...
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
I think it's going to become my weekly cake this summer.