Vanilla Peach Upside Down Cake

 Prep Time : 1 hour | Cook Time : 50 minutes | Total Time : 2 hours | Difficulty : Easy

Vanilla Peach Upside Down Cake - check out the recipe! Don't have peaches? No problem - just use what you have!

Spring has only just arrived here in Wellington, but seeing so many mentions of summer peaches out of the US made me crave one of my favourite fruits. So as a light and sweet introduction to warmer months I tried out this cake with imported peaches and it was lovely – I can’t wait to reprise it later with delicious local fruit, and am already dreaming of other variations!

First you need to roast some peaches. Mix melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla seeds into a paste and spread onto the cut side of halved peaches. Bake until gooey on top and starting to soften.

peaches pre roast

Slice the peaches generously and arrange in the bottom of a prepared tin. I used a 7 inch tin but I recommend an 8 or 9 inch tin to get a greater proportion of peaches (always a good thing!)

peaches in tin

Sift the flour and baking powder together and set aside.  Whisk the oil and milk together with a fork and leave it to hang out next to the flour. Whisk the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla seeds together using an electric mixer or stand mixer until thick and pale. Fold in half the flour followed by half the liquid, then the remaining flour and liquid. Pour the batter over the peaches in the tin and pop into the oven. In a 7 inch tin it took about 50 minutes to bake through, if you are using a larger tin which will give you a shallower cake you will need to reduce the cooking time. I suggest checking regularly from about 30 minutes for done-ness.

baked in tin

Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes in the tin then carefully turn out onto a rack covered in baking paper or straight onto a serving plate.

cake on stand

Serve with extra sliced peaches and a spoonful of whipped cream or dreamy vanilla custard.

What’s your favourite fruit to hide in an upside down cake? At the moment I am definitely feeling a summer berry variation or a tropical dairy free version with mangoes underneath and the milk swapped out for coconut milk.

Vanilla Peach Upside Down Cake

Prep Time : 1 hour | Cook Time : 50 mins | Total Time : 2 hours | Difficulty : Easy | Makes : 1 7-8 inch cake

A light olive oil sponge with delicious caramelised peaches nestled on top


  • 3 ripe peaches
  • 45 gm | 1.6 oz | 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 30 gm | 1 oz | 1/4 stick butter
  • seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • seeds of one vanilla pod
  • 275 gm | 9.75 oz | 1 1/2 cups minus one tbsp caster sugar
  • 120 ml | 4 fl oz | 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 80 ml | 3 fl oz | 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp milk
  • 300 gm | 10.7 oz | 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder


Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Cut the peaches in half and arrange in an ovenproof dish with the cut sides up. Melt the butter and mix to a paste with the brown sugar and vanilla (split the bean and scrape the seeds out with a knife). Spread generously on the cut sides of the peaches. Feel free to scale this part up if you want more peaches under your cake or just feel like some delicious roasted peaches to eat.

Bake the peaches for about 20 minutes until the tops are gooey and the fruit is starting to soften. Set aside to cool. Line the cake tin with baking paper. When the peaches have cooled a bit, slice them thickly and arrange in the bottom of the tin (I used 2 peaches for a 7 inch tin).

Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl. Mix the oil and milk together with a fork in a cup or bowl. Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest until pale and thick. Fold in half the dry ingredients then half the liquids then the remaining of each until well combined.

Pour the batter into the pan over the peaches and smooth the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes in a 7 inch tin, checking after about 40 minutes for done-ness. For an 8 inch tin I suggest checking from 30 minutes.

Cool the cake in the tin for about 15 minutes then turn out onto a rack lined with baking paper or directly onto a serving plate to cool further.

Adapted from World’s Best Cakes

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5 thoughts on “Vanilla Peach Upside Down Cake

  1. Looks super delicious.

    I think apricots would be an excellent option. They’re the only fruit I know that consistently tastes better cooked than fresh.
    Suggest that mango version should also consider including some actual coconut for actual texture.

    1. I know what you mean – I love apricots and its so disappointing when you bite in and they’re bland!

      The world definitely needs more coconut as a rule – it would add more coconutty flavour too 🙂

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