Brown Sugar Peach Cake

This Brown Sugar Peach Cake is a classic yellow cake loaded with fresh peaches, and topped with a brown sugar caramel icing ~ it’s the dessert of the summer!

a piece of peach cake with brown sugar frosting

my brown sugar peach cake has lots of Southern charm

Since the highlights of this cake are the juicy fresh peaches and the Southern caramel icing, we’ll take a logical shortcut and use a good quality yellow cake mix as our base. Nobody wants to be stuck fiddling with measuring cups and spoons while everybody else is out having fun, so this just makes sense. My preferred brand? Duncan Hines.

Cake mixes are forgiving and doctoring them is easy ~ I used less liquid to account for the pound of fresh peaches we’ll be adding, and subbed peach nectar for water. No biggie.

fresh peaches, but in half

what you’ll need for this peach cake

If you keep a yellow cake mix in the cupboard you can whip this thing up in no time. It fits in a standard 9×13 pan and it serves a crowd.

  • 15-ounce yellow cake mix ~ I think Duncan Hines is best.
  • eggs
  • vegetable oil
  • peach juice or nectar
  • peaches
  • butter
  • cream
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla
  • confectioner’s sugar
a slice of brown sugar peach cake, with fork and peach slice

a cooked caramel frosting makes this peach cake extra special

The frosting is equally as easygoing, and I think you’ll be surprised to see how straightforward it is to make. I stir up some butter, brown sugar, and cream in a saucepan, just until it comes to a boil, then stir in some vanilla and powdered sugar. The whole lot gets poured right over the top of the cake.

You have to work quickly, the frosting sets up almost immediately. When you slice it into pieces you’ll get that crackled effect that signals yummy caramel. If you refrigerate the cake, the frosting will become deliciously fudge-like. Be sure to take a spoon to the pan and grab yourself a taste of the hot frosting. Nirvana!

a piece of peach cake topped with caramel icing

This made a great little breakfast cake the next morning, too, the cake is not too sweet, the peaches are juicy, and the frosting, well, the frosting is amazing.

Brown sugar peach cake in baking pan

a few tweaks made this peach cake perfect!

I adapted this recipe from The Food Charlatan. The original uses 2 boxes of peach jello, which I omitted. I use fresh rather than frozen peaches, and I substitute peach nectar for the water, which gives a more natural peach flavor. The frosting I use here is the same one from one of my favorite cakes, my Pecan Praline Pumpkin Cake, it’s easy to make and delicious!

Taking a bite of a piece of peach cake

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4.49 from 322 votes

Brown Sugar Peach Cake

Brown Sugar Peach Cake ~ I’m crowning this classic yellow cake loaded with fresh peaches, and topped with a brown sugar caramel icing the dessert of the summer.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Calories 492kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce yellow cake mix (I like Duncan Hines)
  • 3 large eggs or the amount specified by your cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or the amount specified by your cake mix
  • 1/2 cup peach nectar or peach juice
  • 1 lb peeled and chopped peaches (about 3-4)
  • drop orange food coloring optional

brown sugar frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Blend together the cake mix, eggs, oil, and nectar and food coloring, if using, until well combined. Fold in the peaches and turn the batter into a lightly sprayed 9×13 pan. Bake for about 28 minutes, or until done…you can check with a toothpick, it should come out without batter clinging to it, but moist crumbs are fine.
  • Put the butter, cream, and brown sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Take off the heat at add the vanilla and the sifted sugar. Whisk until well blended and the little lumps of sugar have disappeared. Put it back on a low heat if necessary.
  • Pour the frosting over the cake, trying to get it evenly coated on the first try, because it will set up quickly and you won’t be able to spread it without cracking the surface.
  • Let the frosting harden at room temperature or in the refrigerator before cutting.

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Kate
    September 12, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Do you let the cake cool completely before adding the frosting?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      September 12, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      No, it can be warm, that’s fine.

  • Reply
    Abby
    September 2, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    4 stars
    My family LOVED this cake. However, it was a little too moist for me (like completely soaked). I used fresh peaches and wasn’t too concerned, but it didn’t turn out how I think it’s meant to. Help? ??

  • Reply
    Christi
    August 22, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    I bought some fresh peaches this weekend and decided to try this recipe. Followed the exact recipe and it’s perfect! Soooo delicious! Those complaining about icing being too sweet-This is like a sheet cake icing. If that’s too sweet for you find a different recipe.

  • Reply
    Kara
    August 20, 2022 at 11:44 am

    3 stars
    This didn’t turn out the best for me, the only change I made was to sub whole buttermilk for the cream. The frosting didn’t set up quickly when I poured it on like the recipe stated it would and most dripped down to the sides and it is all just too sweet for my taste. The cake is drowning in the frosting and is now soggy. Maybe it will taste better chilled. I know this is probably my own error due to all the other great reviews so if I make it again I’ll go buy some cream!

    • Reply
      Kara
      August 20, 2022 at 5:40 pm

      4 stars
      I had to come back and update. I tried the cake earlier when it was still warm and then tonight tried it again, it is much better once completely cool. My frosting was still not the texture I wanted but it did taste yummy!

      • Reply
        Sue Moran
        August 21, 2022 at 7:04 am

        Thanks for that update Kara 🙂 I’m not sure why your frosting was more runny, but maybe a little less liquid next time. And I pour the frosting on the cake in the pan, so it stays on top.

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