There are some things in the world that are better when turned upside down. It’s just a fact.
Frowns for example. You saw that one coming right?
Bats too. When they’re upside down they’re sleeping instead of flying around in your hair giving you rabies.
Our cat Misty. She loves to lay on her back and look at you funny with her little paws all pulled up and cute. When she’s right side up she’s kind of a jerk.
A squeeze bottle of honey. Preferably open while upside down over my greedy mouth.
Cake. That’s pretty obvious right?
It’s peach season. Did you know? Peaches are my favourite fruit. Figures I’d choose a fruit with one of the shortest growing seasons in Canada. I’m sure you can tell I like honey.
I’ll stop insulting your intelligence and just get to the point.
It was only a matter of time until I combined two of my very favourite things. Honey and peach. Together at last. And what a lovely cake they made.
Honey Peach Upside Down Cake
Source: Adapted from my family recipe.
1/4 cup honey
2 peaches, sliced
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Butter a 9 inch round cake pan. Cut a round piece of parchment paper to fit inside the bottom of the pan then place it in the pan. Butter the parchment paper as well and then set it aside.
Spread the 1/4 cup of honey over the bottom of the pan then arrange the peach slices on top.
In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter, sugar and honey then blend in the eggs. Add the dry ingredients and mix it until it’s smooth.
Pour the batter over the peaches and honey then bake it for 30 – 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Much like the Honey Lemon Pound Cake, this cake will appear raw and jiggly in the middle while the rest seems like it’s burning. That’s the honey making mischief. Don’t worry, it will bake eventually. Just keep an eye on if for the last few minutes. Leave the cake in it’s pan and let it cool on a cooling rack for about 10 – 15 minutes.
Once the pan is cool enough to touch carefully flip the cake over onto a serving plate by placing the plate upside down over the cake pan then, while gripping both the plate and pan, quickly turn the whole thing right side up. Lightly jiggle the cake out of it’s pan and marvel at the honey peach beauty. Enjoy!