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High Altitude Peach Upside Down Cake

Heather Smoke
Juicy fresh peaches are baked in a rich brown sugar and butter sauce, topped with moist vanilla cake.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 8-inch Springform Pan with Removable Bottom (3 inch tall sides)


  • 1 lb ripe fresh peaches, or frozen and thawed peaches (about 3 large peaches)
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ⅛ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup whole milk
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ tsp coarse Kosher salt (if using table salt, use half the amount)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg


  • Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease an 8-inch spring form cake pan with non-stick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Arrange an oven rack in the center of the oven.
  • Peel and pit the peaches, then slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. Arrange the peach slices in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with the brown sugar, and then drizzle with the 4 tablespoons melted butter.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup melted butter with the granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk, sour cream, lemon zest and lemon juice, until smooth.
  • Separately, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and whisk together briefly, just to combine, until mostly smooth.
  • Pour the cake batter over the peaches. Bang the pan several times on the counter to settle the batter around the peaches.
  • Bake for about 70 minutes, until a sharp knife in the center comes out clean.  Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a plate or cake pedestal and let cool for several hours.  Serve warm, or at room temperature, with freshly whipped cream.


After cooling the cake completely, it should be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Keyword High Altitude, Peach Upside Down Cake