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Upside-down Peach and Saffron Cake

Here is an easy-to-make upside-down cake with caramalised peaches. Flavoured with saffron-the quintessential spice, this cake explodes and melts in your mouth,delivering the eternal sweet,juicy zest of peaches.The original recipe of course belongs to Rachel Allen.I,but decided to go for a smaller version and thus bonsaied the ingredients to suit my 6.5 inch cast iron skillet.Served with a dollop of whipped cream,I enjoyed every mouthful !

*Need 6.5 in /16.5 cm diameter ovenproof frying pan to cook/bake


25 gm butter
25 + 55 gm caster sugar
2 peaches, quartered ( I used the tinned ones)
100 gm plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1 egg
100 ml buttermilk
35 ml sunflower oil
Large pinch of saffron
Whipped cream or Greek yogurt to serve (optional)


Heat the frying pan to melt the butter in medium flame. Sprinkle 25 gm caster sugar over the melted butter and stir regularly till light brown.

Switch off and arrange the peaches in a layer,cut side down.

Preheat the oven to 180 degree.Sift the flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt into a large bowl.Add the remaining 55 gm sugar to this and mix well.In another bowl,whisk together the egg,buttermilk,oil and saffron.

Now make a well in the centre of flour mixture and pour the liquid to this.Mix well to make a smooth batter.Pour the mixture over the peaches slowly without disturbing peaches.

Bake for 30 minutes or a cake tester inserted comes out clean.

Allow to cool and turn the pan over to the serving plate.Serve with whipped cream or Greek yogurt.


18 comments on “Upside-down Peach and Saffron Cake

  1. Preeti Tamilarasan
    November 29, 2013

    that first click is awesome 🙂


  2. Priya R
    November 29, 2013

    one awesome cake 🙂 wow love the saffron touch too good


  3. Swasthi Blank
    November 29, 2013

    Wow ! such a lovely cake. Thanks for your continual support dear .
    Hugs, have a nice weekend.


  4. Vimitha Anand
    November 29, 2013

    Thats one flavorful bake


  5. മറ്റൊരാള്‍
    November 30, 2013

    nice,.. for your eyes too..


  6. wow !!! the click is soo soo tempting !! gorgeous cake .. I hadnt been to blogsphere for some time. So just checking out on most of you. Hope you doing gud. Keep in touch…rgds…


  7. Insignia
    December 2, 2013

    Phew! Nigella Lawson in the making! Its so seducing Melange – stomach and eyes


  8. Suja Manoj
    December 2, 2013

    Same pinch,same pinch, I also posted an upside down cake. This looks wonderful,love the clicks and the idea of adding saffron,giving a beautiful color and also sure, will be flavorful,will try.


  9. Rashida Shaikh
    December 4, 2013

    Hi Melange,
    I cannot doubt on your cake, it must have tasted awesome. This cake is pleasure for both eyes and to heart (virtually)…But I wished to see whole upside down cake, one snap is required here.
    However, it does not change my statement for it; this cake is superb.


  10. Hema
    December 4, 2013

    Cake looks gorgeous, peaches and saffron, lovely combination..


  11. Mélange
    December 5, 2013

    Hi Rashida,I acknowledge your feedback.When it come to captures,it's up to my state of mind during the shoot and posting.With my favorite lens and lights I am working now with,this absolute precariousness prevails here as well.I may have a whole click with me.If you are so particular,please mail me.Right now I have a very full,very busy life- to confess.However,I can send you one considering your 'passion' for it.Thanks and good day Rashida.


  12. Vineetha Sush
    December 10, 2013

    the cake looks soo sofft , looks like a melt in mouth kind of cake..great bake !


  13. Pallavi
    December 22, 2013

    Oh that looks sinfully delicious 🙂 Thank you for your kind words on my blog . So nice to meet you! 🙂


  14. Mélange
    December 22, 2013

    Thanks dear for dropping in.In fact I am a regular visitor there.But a silent one,as I said !


  15. Vikis Kitchen
    December 29, 2013

    Cake with saffron and peaches looks elegant. Very nice recipe.


  16. Shweta Agrawal
    January 2, 2014

    This looks so yummy 🙂 Well explained recipe..
    Please link this at my event 🙂 There are 2 giveaways as well 🙂


  17. Shweta Agrawal
    January 3, 2014

    Saffron in cake-wow….Loved the pics…Thanks for sharing at my event:)


  18. ShravsCookBookBlog
    February 3, 2014

    awesome peach cake….


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