Every year my husband makes one request for his birthday - Fresh Peach Cake! His birthday is June 28, which is usually the beginning of peach season. This sweet, delicious, light cake is what he has always requested for his birthday cake, beginning years ago with his mother. Several years ago, she passed the tradition on to me.
My mother-in-law received this recipe long ago from one of the most well-known cooks in our small town. She was attending a reception which boasted a table covered with mouthwatering cakes, one of which was the fresh peach cake. After tasting the cake, she knew she had to have the recipe. At the time, the Paulk family grew peaches and nectarines in addition to muscadines, and she was always looking for a new recipe using them. She discovered that Mrs. Mildred Cook had brought the beautiful peach cake and asked her for the recipe. Mrs. Mildred was happy to share the recipe, as it was one she had acquired from someone else years before.
Since then, this show-stopping cake has become my husband’s absolute favorite cake. How could I not learn how to make it for him? In the beginning, I made the cake exactly like the original recipe says to, baking two layers, then slicing them horizontally to make four layers. This method is delicious because the juice from the peaches and the icing seep into the cut layers, and it is beautiful because it makes a huge cake. Unfortunately, the only cake dome I owned that would cover such a large cake broke a few years ago. (I never think to replace it until I make this cake - maybe I’ll take care of that now!) So, instead of making it as a four-layer cake, I've been making it in three layers - still beautiful, still delicious, just not quite as tall.
I introduced this cake to our Cafe a few years ago, and everyone agrees this is the best peach cake ever! We usually serve it for the first time each year around my husband’s birthday, so everyone can celebrate with him! Now we’re sharing the recipe with you. You can find the recipe formatted to print on a recipe card in our Recipe Archives. And, if you need a recipe box to put it in, you can find our favorite here.