Peach Thyme Upside Down Cake

by Kate on July 25, 2013

Peach Thyme Upside Down Cake

Sometimes I get flavor fixations. Perhaps you do also. You taste something once and the flavor is so heavenly that you want to use those flavor components over and over. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are one of those combos for me. Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Strawberry Whipped Cream Filling has quickly become a family favorite, even amongst my pickiest of eaters and those who claim to loathe all types of vinegar. Balsamic Fruit Salad is served at some point every week in my house. Yep, it’s that good. And the entire batch of Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream was gobbled up in one day. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar just play so nicely together. So what does that have to do with this Peach Thyme Upside Down Cake?

Last week I made Honey Roasted Peaches with Thyme and after my first bite of those juicy, honey kissed thyme infused peaches with fresh ricotta I was hooked. I know that herbs pair nicely with fruits but I’d never used thyme and peaches together before. I’m so happy that I’ve now made this lovely discovery and that made me want to make another creation using peaches and thyme.

Recently I was reading one of my very favorite blogs, Jelly Toast. If you don’t read it, you need to. Seriously, it’s such a wonderful space to immerse yourself in the beauty and deliciousness of food. Emily had written about her Peach Thyme Skillet Cake and immediately I knew I needed to give it a try. It was just as good as I’d imagined it would be. All her recipes are wonderful and I’ve yet to be disappointed. The cake isn’t overly sweet, the hints of fragrant thyme go oh so nicely with the moist cake and the fresh peaches sit atop.

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With that inspiration in mind I decided to make a variation of her recipe using my honey roasted peaches and flipping this recipe upside down. Yep, an upside down cake. Peach halves rest in a honey sauce with hints of thyme and lemon zest, are smothered in Emily’s fragrant cake batter then baked to perfection. Once flipped out of the baking dish, the top now has a lovely sticky honey glaze over the top of those fresh peaches and the fragrant thyme cake. This cake is moist, fragrant, sweet and full of fresh summer flavors. Everything a summer dessert should be.



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Peach Thyme Upside Down Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Peach Thyme Upside Down Cake

Ripe honeyed peaches nestled into moist thyme-infused cake for a delightful summer dessert.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 4 large, ripe peaches, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, vanilla bean seeds, 2 tablespoons honey, lemon zest and 1 teaspoon thyme leaves. Set aside.
  2. Place the peaches, cut side down in the bottom of a 9-inch oven safe skillet or glass baking dish. Pour the honey mixture over the top. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat to incorporate. With the mixer on low, add 1/3 of the flour mixture. Beat in 1/4 cup buttermilk then half the remaining flour. Add the remaining buttermilk and then the final remains of the flour.
  5. Spoon the batter over the peaches and gently smooth the top. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  6. Remove baking dish to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a serving plate. Cool slightly and serve warm or at room temperature.


Adapted from My Baking Addiction

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

ChristineM July 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

oh ya….. quick question: should I grease the glass pan first?


Kate July 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Nope! No grease needed 😉 Just plop everything in there and you’re good to go.


ChristineM July 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

awesome….. thanks Kate!


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom July 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

flavor fixations. . I love that! so true! so do I! 🙂 Kate, this is just gorgeous. . love this! I love old fashioned cakes that are making a comeback. . like bundt cakes and upside down cakes. . so much elegance and so lovely!!! looks delicious!


Kate July 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Thank you for your lovely comment Alice. I loved the way this cake turned out and the peaches were such a fresh flavor paired with the fragrant cake.


Anna (Hidden Ponies) July 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I looove upside down cakes, so fun! This looks absolutely perfect.


Laura July 26, 2013 at 12:09 am

I love everything about this cake. My son loves cake and would eat this up!


Kate July 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Thanks so much Laura! My girls devoured it. We all really enjoyed it.


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips July 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

This looks fabulous, Kate, and I love that you took a pre-flip photo, I assume partially in case the flip didn’t go well 🙂


Kate July 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

HA! Totally took the pre-flip picture just in case 😉 You know how it goes. But I included it because the pre flip looked so nice. Thanks Brianne!


Paula July 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I may have missed it, but what do I do with the other 1/2 tbls of honey?
Thanks, can’t wait to try it!


Kate July 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Oh thank you so much Paula for your comment. You didn’t miss a thing. You caught an error on my part. I’ve corrected the recipe. You’ll only need 2 tablespoons of honey. My apologies and thanks for alerting me to my screw up! Hope you enjoy it.


Tahnycooks July 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Upside down cakes are my fav! I love the crisp buttery edges! Beautiful cake!


Kate July 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Thanks so much! They really are such a classic cake and I’ve never had one with peaches but now I’m so glad I have.


Aya @sukarah July 29, 2013 at 2:26 am

Oh Kate, peaches and thyme? I can smell the fragrance through my screen. Very fresh and summer-y.. Pinned.


Kate July 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm

So summery and fresh! I’m addicted to peaches and herbs this month. Honestly, it’s so wonderful. Thanks so much Aya!


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