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!

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.

TIP:  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.

a cooked caramel frosting makes this 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 work quickly, there’s no time to even really spread this frosting, it sets up almost immediately, and in fact, if you try, you’ll mess it up. 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. Then take a spoon to the pan and grab yourself a taste of the hot frosting. That’s what I’m talking about.

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.

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.

a few tweaks made this recipe 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!

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4.4 from 263 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
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 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
  • 1 lb peeled and chopped peaches (about 3-4)
  • 1 drop orange food coloring optional

brown sugar frosting

  • 1 stick 8 Tbsp 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


  • 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.
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  • Reply
    February 25, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Can this be made with canned peaches?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 25, 2022 at 7:46 pm


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      April 10, 2022 at 8:56 am

      Did you get an answer about using canned peaches?

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    December 18, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    I want to make this cake for Christmas. Will it be good if I use thawed/frozen peaches?

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    September 18, 2021 at 7:20 am

    5 stars
    For a summer-into-fall vibe, I used the Duncan Hines spice cake mix and loved it! We like this cake both with and without frosting.

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