A moist cake full of peaches and topped with whipped cream
Peaches and cream go together like macaronia and kima or like kota me patates. The delicate, sweet flavour of the peaches combined with the light and creamy taste of homemade whipped cream is celebrated with this peaches and cream cake; a cake so good, it should be invited to any of your celebrations. Like birthdays, or anniversaries, or Wednesdays.
We are a little obsessed with cakes that incorporate seasonal fruit. Whether it’s a cake bursting with blueberries like our blueberry almond cake or sweet strawberries as in our strawberry ricotta cake with olive oil, we find that fruit makes dessert that much better.
Because we are in the middle of peach season, and a little peach crazed these days, enjoying this sensational stone fruit in cocktails like our peach and orange Metaxa cocktail or for breakfast with our pancakes and peach sauce, it seemed only natural (necessary) to make a peach studded dessert as well.
Our peaches and cream cake uses both peach puree and peach chunks to maximize the flavour of this sweet summer gift. The cream in the batter and whipped on top for serving ensures that every bite is rich and decadent, but also light and subtle. This is a beautiful cake which we think you’ll all find peachy keen.
Is there a proper way to make whipped cream?
Actually, yes. In order to make the best whipped cream you first have to start with either 30% or 35% cream. The high fat content of this cream is what will allow you to create a smooth and billowy texture. Other key points to remember:
- Keep everything as cold as possible. This means, take your cream out of the refrigerator just before you are ready to use it. It is also a great idea to keep your whisk and the bowl that you will be using in the fridge or freezer as well. You will only need to chill these for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Medium high speed is the ideal speed for making whipped cream.
- Look for medium peaks. This means that when you lift your whisk out of the whipped cream, a peak will form as some of the cream sticks to the whisk. As you turn the whisk over, the peak will slightly droop, but won’t lose its shape entirely. There should be no liquid seen in the bowl. If you stop your mixing prematurely, don’t worry…just keep beating until you get to the consistency you want.
- Don’t multitask. Whipped cream is quick to make; walk away and you can end up with a curdled mess as your cream goes from whipped to gross in a few short seconds.
- Don’t make your whipped cream ahead of time; best to make it a short while before you actually need it. This will ensure that your whipped cream holds its shape and doesn’t get watery. If you do need to make your whipped cream far in advance, you should make stabilized whipped cream which includes gelatin.
Can I freeze this cake?
Once baked and fully cooked, this cake can be wrapped well in plastic wrap, placed in a freezer bag and stored in the freezer to be enjoyed at a later date. To defrost, simply leave at room temperature overnight. This is a great way to enjoy summer peach flavours out of season.
Can I substitute olive oil for the vegetable oil in this cake?
Theoretically, yes. Swapping the oil will not impact the actual texture or baking of the cake. However, the flavour of olive oil is quite strong and will overpower the delicate flavour of the peaches.
How do I fold the egg whites into the batter?
Once you have beaten your egg whites so that stiff peaks form (meaning that when you lift the whisk out of the egg whites the peaks will retain their shape), place the egg whites into the batter. Using a rubber spatula, run along one edge of the bowl, turning over the batter so that it folds over the egg whites. Keep doing this as you rotate your bowl slowly; the key is to use a gentle movement with your rubber spatula because over mixing, or aggressively mixing, will cause you to deflate the egg whites that you worked hard to aerate into stiff peaks. Keep doing this until the egg white are completely incorporated into the batter.
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