This dessert was served at an “End of Summer” (depressing, I know) picnic I attended over the weekend. My friend found this recipe out of an old newspaper from our hometown from the 1960’s. Apparently, grammatical usage wasn’t as enforced as it is today. The original recipe had sayings in it like “Beat the eggs TILL stiff.” True, the word stiff IS a preposition or conjunction in that usage, but it does have an informal connotation that just doesn’t sit well with me. The original had baking soda which i omitted in my version of the recipe and replaced with baking powder. I didn’t massacre the original recipe but changed some ingredients, and added some… and then re wrote the entire recipe from start to finish! This cake is sweet, and it reminds you of a spice cake infused with peaches. I hope you try this for your next entertaining event! Enjoy!
Old Fashioned Peach Cake
3 eggs, separated
pinch of cream of tartar
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3T Sour Cream
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Cup Flour
2 Cups Peaches, peeled and mashed
Butter and Flour 2 9 inch cake pans, set aside. Preheat oven to 350
In the bowl of an electric mixer add egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat egg whites until stiff, set aside. In a clean bowl of an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolks, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, coarse salt, and cinnamon. Alternatively add peaches and the flour to the butter egg mixture.
Fold mixture into the stiffly beaten egg whites. Transfer half the batter to one cake pan and the other half to the other cake pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Transfer cakes to wire racks to cool slightly, and invert onto cooling racks to cool entirely.
When cakes are entirely cool, frost with your favorite frosting (cream chesse frosting is delicious with this.) Place one cake on the bottom of a cake stand. Place 1/3 of frosting on top of that layer and spread evenly. Place second layer on top. and place remainder of frosting on top. Affix skewer in middle (to hold in place,) and cut skewer level with cake. Swirl your offset spatula over frosting to give the cake a homemade appeal. Serve with coffee and ice cream. Gossip about the neighbors, and enjoy your evening!!