Upside-down Peach Cake
1 3/4 Cups sugar
4 peaches, peeled, stoned, each cut into 6 wedges
1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 Cups plain flour
3 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Cup ground almonds
Thick cream, whipped, to serve
Preheat oven to 335 F.
Grease and line base of a 10 inch springform pan with baking paper.
Place 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small, heavy-based saucepan.
Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Simmer until a dark caramel forms.
Immediately pour caramel into base of pan, then top with peach wedges, skin-side down.
Place butter, vanilla and remaining 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer.
Beat until light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder, ground almonds and 1/2 tsp salt over butter mixture.
Add all eggs then beat on low speed until mixture is smooth and just combined.
Spoon batter over peaches then level.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Cover top with baking paper to prevent over-browning, then bake for a further 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Release side of pan then place a plate over top.
Invert cake on to plate. Remove base and paper. Whip cream for a topping once cut and on plates.
Pairs Well With
The secret to making this cake is to place the peaches on the base – they stay moist and the cake cooks perfectly. Pass the cream!