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This Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is the perfect elegant dessert for summer. A tender, moist vanilla cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.

Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is a perfect dessert for summer. Tender, moist cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.

I have been wanting to make this cake since the fall. But since peaches aren’t exactly in season in the fall, it had to wait until summer. I knew it wasn’t going to be quick and simple like most of my recipes so I kept putting it off. Finally I picked up a bunch of peaches at the Farmer’s Market so I couldn’t put it off any longer.

Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is a perfect dessert for summer. Tender, moist cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.

Since I can remember, peach has always been one of my favorite flavors. I was obsessed with peach frozen yogurt in my 20s, and now in the 30s, it’s peach iced tea, all day, every day. I absolutely love the flavor…but when it comes to the fruit, I just can’t eat them. Something about the texture, the fuzzy skin…nope. I just can’t do it.

Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is a perfect dessert for summer. Tender, moist cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.

About 2 years ago I made a Fresh Strawberry Cake. It’s since become one of the most popular recipes on the site. Now, I’m not a baker by any means, but I do love to bake every once in a while. This strawberry cake was amazing, so I knew it would be awesome with fresh peaches too. But there’s that little aversion thing I have to fresh peaches.

Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is a perfect dessert for summer. Tender, moist cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.

The vanilla cake is the same recipe used to make the fresh strawberry cake, but the frosting is different. I decided to use frozen peaches because I was curious about the flavor, and basically that means you can make this cake all year long! I did use chunks of fresh peaches in the frosting as well, for a bit of texture, and to decorate the top of the cake.

The frozen peaches were covered with brown sugar and cinnamon for a nice warm flavor and then pureed in my food processor.

Peach Cake 1 Peach Cake 2

Once pureed, the mixture was still a little thick, so I strained it using a metal sieve.

Peach Cake 3 Peach Cake 4

Once strained, it’s time to start on the frosting. I used TruWhip non dairy whipped topping just for kicks and to see if it made a difference verses pure whipped cream. We really liked it, and didn’t miss the cream. The biggest difference I noticed is that the whipped topping doesn’t melt the way whipped cream does, so if that is important to you, go with the TruWhip.

To make the frosting, cream cheese and powdered sugar are combined until nice and fluffy, and the the peach puree is beaten in. Finally the TruWhip and small chunks of peach are folded in. I put it in the refrigerator to help it set a bit before frosting, but if your cake is already cooled you can frost right away.

Peach Cake 5

I love using whipped cream toppings for cakes because they spread so nicely – no need for a crumb coat. The end result is this gorgeous, scrumptious Vanilla Peach Layer Cake that’s perfect for any summer celebration!

Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is a perfect dessert for summer. Tender, moist cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.
Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is a perfect dessert for summer. Tender, moist cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.

Recipe
A slice of Peach Cake on a plate

Vanilla Peach Layer Cake

4.46 from 11 votes
This Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is the perfect elegant dessert for summer. A tender, moist vanilla cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk

Peach Frosting

  • 5 cups peeled and sliced peaches 5-6 fresh or 2 16-ounce packages frozen, divided
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 10- ounce containers non-dairy whipped topping defrosted
  • 1 8- ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 fresh peach sliced for garnish (if desired)

Instructions
 

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 3, 8-inch round cake pans by spraying liberally with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Sift together cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Slowly add the eggs and mix well until combined.
  • Stir in sour cream and vanilla, and mix well until combined.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and add half of the flour mixture. Stir until fully incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl again and stir in the milk.
  • Add the remaining flour and stir until the flour is fully incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and give it one last stir.
  • Divide the batter into 3 prepared, round baking pans.
  • Bake in 325 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes. Cakes are done when tops spring back with a light touch, or a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before turning over onto a plate or baking rack.

Peach Frosting

  • Set half of the peaches in a bowl. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat completely and let sit on the counter for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, finely chop remaining peeled peach slices. Place chopped peaches in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Puree the peaches/brown sugar mixture in a food processor or blender on high speed for about 30 seconds, or longer if needed, until the mixture is smooth. Pour the peach puree into a fine mesh strainer and set it over a small bowl. Let sit until all of the peach puree has been strained through to remove any larger pieces of the fruit. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and smooth; about 2-3 minutes. Add the peach puree and beat until combined. Stir in the powdered sugar until well combined and smooth. Stir in vanilla and a pinch of salt. Fold in non-dairy whipped topping and chopped peaches just until combined.
  • Keep frosting in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Assembly

  • Place the first cake layer on your serving platter and frost just the top with the peach frosting (about ½" or so thick). Repeat with the next two layers, then frost the sides with an offset spatula (the long and skinny kind). Smooth top and sides until even, then top with sliced sliced fresh peaches for garnish, if desired.

Notes

Make sure you have plenty of room in the fridge. Whipped cream frosting needs to stay refrigerated.

Nutrition

Calories: 1069kcalCarbohydrates: 142gProtein: 18gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 620mgPotassium: 430mgFiber: 4gSugar: 88gVitamin A: 1849IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 253mgIron: 2mg
Keyword peach cake, peach layer cake, vanilla layer cake

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Vanilla Peach Layer Cake is a perfect dessert for summer. Tender, moist cake is layered with a sweet peaches and cream frosting, with chunks of fresh peaches.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. The cake was very good but the spices in the icing completely overwhelmed the peach flavor even though I cut the amounts in half. My son commented that he couldn’t taste any peach flavor unless he got a piece of fruit in his mouth. It tasted more like cinnamon cake than peach cake. I suggest leaving out the spices if you want a nice peach flavor.

    I see no reason to strain the peach puree. I pureed fresh peaches and ended up with juice while most of the pulp was left in the strainer. I used the pulp in the icing.

    The recommended frozen whipped topping now comes in 9 oz. vs. 10 oz. containers so the amount of puree needs to be adjusted if you use it.

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