Caramel Peach Upside-Down Cake

Upside-down cakes are great for summer barbecues -- and the leftovers make for a fantastic breakfast. We loved this recipe when made with[ grits, but heard from viewers that their results were gritty. Not all grits are made equal! So we've clarified the recipe to call for white corn meal.]

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Softened unsalted butter
  • Caramel peaches:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 6 whole allspice berries, optional
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 large ripe peaches (about 1 pound)
  • Cake:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fine ground white cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • Serving suggestions: Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
Directions
  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch cake pan, line bottom with parchment paper and brush the paper with butter.

  • Caramel peaches: Combine the sugar, corn syrup, allspice and water in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to high, and continue to cook, without stirring, until the mixture becomes an amber caramel, about 5 minutes. Pour the caramel into the prepared pan and set aside to cool.

  • Halve and pit the peaches, but leave their skins on. Cut each half into 3 wedges. Arrange the wedges in concentric circles in the pan. Set aside while you make the cake batter.

  • Cake: Whisk the all-purpose flour, white corn flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

  • Slowly mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a hand-held electric mixer. Increase the speed to high, and continue beating until the butter is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at time, waiting for each to be fully incorporated before adding the next.

  • While mixing at a low speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Increase the speed to medium and mix briefly to make a smooth batter. Pour the batter over the peaches and smooth over.

  • Bake the cake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack, about 20 minutes.

  • Run a knife around the edge of the pan to release the cake. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving plate and remove the parchment paper. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

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