Sunday, April 28, 2013

Peach Butter Cake

I have made this cake many times over the years. This is one of my son's favourite cake. In fact, this was a special request from him, he requested me to bake this cake, asking why didn't I bake this cake in such a long time! Well son, in case you do not know, I have tons of cookbooks that I constantly used, so much so, that sometimes, favourites recipes like this are put aside for new ones!  Am feeling sheepish!! Anyway, he requested for this cake a few weeks ago and insisted that I made a blog post about it!

A story about my son and his cake: I cannot exactly remember when was the first time my son has eaten this cake, maybe 4 or 5 years old, but when he was around 6 years old (he is 11 now), he requested me to bake this cake again, and he does not know the name of the cake, he told me there's some "yellow balls" on the cake! Yellow ball???? What yellow ball??? I have no idea which cake he was talking about, as I have baked a lot of cakes! He was all smiles and  confidently told me that the picture of the cake is right at the back page of the recipe book! Huh? Really?? Which book?? When my kids are very young, I used to show them the pictures and  the book that I am baking from, just for fun! I've never expected my son to remember the pictures and books after a couple of years!  And after a few dozens cakes and many more books!

So the two of us began to check the back page of my baking cookbooks one by one, until he found it, and was all smiles and very excited. There! Right at the back of this book "I Love Butter Cake" by Kevin Chai, is a picture of that very cake! The yellow balls are actually the rounded halves of canned peaches! A 6-year old with the happiest grin on his face! And mommy laughing too, could not believe that he remembered the picture from the back page of a book! Imagine if he remembered the picture being inside the pages of the book, then I've got to flick thru all the pages from so many books just to find it! Hahaha! Ever since then, each time when I baked this cake, it would always bring a smile to me!

A simple buttery cake baked in a pie/tart pan, with canned peach halves arranged over the top before baking. I have baked this cake a number of times since then, the last time was perhaps almost two years ago, and now my son has requested for it again. 
Now that this book has reappeared again, there are a few old favourites that I've made before. Perhaps I'll bake them again and rediscover how good some of them are. 

The batter is made up of ground almonds and all-purpose flour, butter, sugar, eggs and lemon juice. There's no raising agent required, but  I have added about 1/4 tsp baking powder. There are times when I followed the original recipe and baked without the baking powder, and they came out fine too, only slightly lower than if baking powder is added. Right after baking, I brushed the top with some warm apricot glaze so that it looks nice and shiny.

Slice it in such a way that each portion has a peach half on it.

Want a slice?

A no-fuss plain butter cake, with soft buttery texture. With the addition of the peach halves, makes the plain cake extra special and so good to eat!

If you are looking for a simple, fuss-free, buttery cake, give this a try! With the added fruits over the top, this could be one of your family's favourite cake too!

I'm sharing this at Food on Friday : Cakes hosted by Carole's Chatter

Peach Butter Cake
(adapted from "I Love Butter Cakes" by Kevin Chai)
160gm butter
160gm caster sugar (I use 120gm)
3 eggs
1 tbsp lemon juice
160gm plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder (my addition, optional)
60gm ground almond
1 can peach halves (drained)

  1. Grease a 23cm (9-in) round pie pan. Preheat oven to 190C.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
  4. Stir in lemon juice, fold in sifted flour and ground almond. Mix until well blended. Spread into prepared pan.
  5. Arrange peach halves on top of batter. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
kitchen flavour's notes :
For a shiny glossy look, brush the top of cake immediately after baking with some warm apricot glaze.



  1. I can see why he requested for this cake, looks so good! Now where did I keep that packet of almond meal?

  2. Your peach butter cake looks awesome not just to your son who remembered it till now but it also looks very good to me :) Now I have one more to-bake recipe ;)

  3. Wow wat a beautiful and super moist peach butter cake,looks divine.

  4. This looks WON-DER-FUL ! I've got one old recipe too, and you're so right, we focus on new recipes, forgetting the old and simple ones.
    I love the way you're cutting your cake,it's so lovely.

  5. Thanks for this recipe, Joyce! My family, esp. my hubby will love this! And I can't wait to try it. Sometimes old recipes are the best!

  6. Joyce, what a cute story! And I agree this cake looks lovely with the "yellow balls" on top. Will try this cake!

  7. Kids have very good memory! My kids can rmbr stuff tht happened a year ago, and they will randomly bring up the event, and I also blur blur "huh which one"? LOL. This cake is so pretty with the peach chunks, no wonder your son likes it.

  8. ha ha I was so amused by your son who refers to this cake as the one with yellow balls. This cake has such a beautiful texture, and I love the peaches on top.

  9. Love that crumb texture and the cutting system! so clever!

  10. Just love to see these peaches sinking half way to the cake, looks very delicious there, Joyce

  11. Okay , I'm drooling over your cookbooks lol Your son has an amazing memory !......The cake has a lovely moist texture and the yellow balls er the peach slices on top just look wonderful :D

  12. The peach halves look so pretty on the cake. Bet the cake very tasty.

  13. You are so right about old, favorite recipes that get pushed to the side in favor of trying new ones. That happens here all the time :)

    Cute story about your son and his request for the cake with yellow balls - LOL.

  14. How could you not recognize what he was talking about, there are definitely yellow balls on it ;) children are so cute. And your cake looks yummy.

  15. OMGoodness…this cake is simply beautiful!

  16. The peach halves make it very easy to know where to cut!

  17. Such a beautiful cake: your son is right! :P Even yesterday I was talking to some friends about how funny it is we try so much to experiment with new dishes that often our favourite ones are "forgotten"... :)

  18. Lovely, JOyce. Thanks for linking up. Cheers

  19. WOW!! This cake is delicious! I made it for my hubby's birthday & was a great hit. Going to make another one tomorrow.