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The Best Gluten-free Peach Cake

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Cinnamon and sugar-coated fresh peach slices are layered with a perfectly moist cake in this yummy Gluten-free Peach Cake! This delicious gluten-free peach dessert is now on my list of favorite desserts ever!

Gluten-free Peach Cake Recipe

Confession: I’ve been keeping this recipe from you for a year! I’m so sorry! I’ll be completely honest here and say that it is because every time I made it, I ate it before I could get photos! I just had no self-control around this gluten-free peach cake!

I’m not usually a fan of fruit desserts. While my hubby loves fruit pies and crisps, I’m definitely more of a cookie/brownie/cake gal. I guess it makes sense then that I love cakes with fruit in them like my gluten-free blueberry coffee cake.

While browsing for new recipes to make with all of our peaches, I came across the idea of a fresh peach cake. Now, my husband will still pick his favorite gluten-free oatmeal cookie peach crisp as his favorite gluten-free peach dessert, but my son Jake and I pick this gluten-free peach cake as ours!

Slice of Gluten-free Peach Cake

For best results, I definitely recommend using fresh peaches, whether store-bought, from the farmer’s market, or from your backyard if you are lucky enough to have some peach trees! We are down to just one peach tree producing this year as we had to remove some and plant new ones. But that one tree produced more than we could possibly use up this year!

Here are some pics from during our peach harvest:
Perfect fuzzy peaches on our backyard tree!

Here’s a bucket full of ripe peaches ready to be eaten fresh or used in this cake or other recipes! I bought my husband this harvesting bucket at Amazon a few years ago and he loves using it for our peach harvest.

We also bring it along when we go apple or cherry picking at the local orchards!

bucket of peaches

You just can’t beat the taste of these fresh picked peaches. Since we had so many, we gave quite a few boxes worth away to friends and neighbors. We also flash-froze many sliced peaches for smoothies, for this gluten-free peach cake and for peach crisp.

Notes on ingredients for this gluten-free peach cake:

  • Gluten-free Flour: As always, I only recommend baking with a good quality all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. All flour blends are not created equal! I recommend avoiding flour blends that contain any bean flours or that are primarily rice flour, as you’ll get a more gritty result. This recipe, like pretty much all of my recipes, has been tested with successful results with gfJules gluten-free flour and King Arthur Measure for Measure and Authentic Foods Multi-Blend  and Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Flour Blend and I recommend any of those. Other flour blends that I’ve been testing some (but not this recipe yet) with good results are Cup4Cup and Pamela’s.
  • I’m love the big tubs of Stonyfield Organic Smooth and Creamy yogurt, which I use in smoothies and in baking. In this recipe, I used their French Vanilla flavor, in the whole milk version. There are also fat-free and low-fat versions in French Vanilla, so feel free to use those to cut the fat. I wanted the extra richness of the whole milk yogurt. If you can’t find a vanilla flavored yogurt, go ahead and add some vanilla extract in with your wet ingredients.
  • I highly recommend you use fresh peaches. If you don’t have fresh peaches and really want to make this anyway, use frozen. Just let thaw and don’t use the excess juice after thawing (throw that juice in a smoothie instead of letting it go to waste though).

You’ll need to peel and slice your peaches. You want them thinly sliced as opposed to big thick wedges. I sliced them about 1/4″ thick using my absolute favorite knife for slicing fruit!

 

The Best Gluten-free Peach Cake. Hands down, my favorite way to use fresh peaches!

Looking for more gluten-free peach recipes? I use fresh peaches in my favorite smoothie: a raspberry peach smoothie. This paleo blueberry peach crisp looks like it would be delicious and perfect timing as blueberries and peaches are usually ripe at the same time.

I’ve never grilled peaches before but after seeing these honey grilled peaches, now I want to make them! And while we’ve had a cooked peach salsa before, I’ve never made a fresh peach salsa and want to now! What a great way to use up our garden bounty!

Okay, back to this gluten-free peach cake. Check out how fluffy this cake is:

Square of Gluten-free Peach Cake

While I enjoy slices of this peach cake plain like a gluten-free peach coffee cake, others enjoy it as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream. I hope you enjoy it too!

If you make these and love them, please come back and give this recipe a 5 star rating in the recipe card! Feel free to comment with tips or to share any successful substitutions you made.

Gluten-free Peach Cake Recipe:

Yield: 9 servings

The Best Gluten-free Peach Cake

Gluten-free Peach Cake Recipe

My favorite gluten-free peach dessert is this gluten-free peach cake. It's delicious plain, eaten like a coffee cake, or served with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream for dessert!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum (*see note)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup low-fat or whole milk French Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced peaches (from about 3 large peaches)

For layering:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 8" square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. I used an 8" glass Pyrex pan each time I made this.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, salt and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter and 1 cup of sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer for 3-5 minutes on medium speed, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in well before continuing. Add the yogurt and almond extract and mix on medium-low until the batter is smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low, and mix just until combined. You don't want to overmix.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  5. Spread half of the batter evenly in the greased baking pan. Arrange half of the thinly sliced peaches over top of batter. Sprinkle with about two-thirds of the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  6. Repeat the layers one more time: batter, then peaches, then remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  7. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs, not wet batter.
  8. You can enjoy this warm or at room temperature; plain or with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or ice cream. Delicious no matter how you slice and serve it!

Notes

If the gluten-free flour blend you use already has xanthan gum or guar gum in it, then omit the xanthan gum called for in this recipe.

See blog post for suggestions for substitutions for ingredients and recommended gluten-free flour blends.

(I used Stonyfield Smooth & Creamy French Vanilla)

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Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa.

Pin this to your gluten-free desserts board on Pinterest:

Square of gluten-free peach dessert

If you are looking for another great peach recipe, make sure you check out this gluten-free Peach Oatmeal Cookie Crisp which my husband highly recommends:

Gluten-free Peach Oatmeal Cookie Crisp - The peaches are topped with oatmeal cookies in this cross between a cobbler and a crisp.

 Happy Baking!

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Elly

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

I absolutely loved this recipe. I've been gluten free about 20 years and bake a lot.This is one of the best recipes I've ever found. I made some changes for personal taste - reduced the sugar by half and added some nutmeg to the cinnamon-sugar mix. I have a question - Have you tried this recipe with other fruits, such as apples,pears or blueberries etc. What changes would you make to the recipe for other fruits? Would you change the spices, the almond extract, the amount of liquid, etc? THANKS!

Megan

Saturday 30th of May 2020

Do you leave the skin on the peaches?

DebS

Sunday 26th of January 2020

This looks absolutely amazing! My daughter has severe nut and peanut allergies. Is there anything we can substitute for the almond extract? While I understand many brands are nut free, my daughter isn't comfortable consuming it due to the severity of her allergy. Thanks for your help!

Linda

Monday 23rd of September 2019

Would you add xanthan gum if your flour blend already has it in the blend?

April

Friday 13th of September 2019

This cake looks delicious. If we can’t eat yogurt, do you think applesauce could be substituted? Thank you.

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Sunday 15th of September 2019

I have not tried that substitution. Can you have dairy-free yogurt alternative? I used that substitution this week and it worked well.

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