This peach cake recipe reminds me of a peach pie and tastes delicious with vanilla ice cream!
Yellow cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 box peach jello
red food coloring (optional)
Peach preserves to spread between the layers (I would’ve preferred peach jam, but couldn’t find any.)
1-2 cans cream cheese frosting, or homemade
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter softened
8 ounce package cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 cups powdered sugar
Beat butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add powdered sugar and vanilla , beat until creamy.
Prepare cake as instructed on the box, adding the jello (and a few drops of the food coloring if you’r opting to use it). Pour batter into two round cake pans and bake as box instructs. Allow cake to cool completely(you can also freeze cakes while still in pan) then remove cake from pans. Remove cake from the pans by gently running a knife between the pan and the cake and then flipping the pan over and gently shaking til the cake releases . If the cake does not easily release it may be necessary to gently pry the cake loose with your fingertips. I find frozen cakes are much easier to work with so I put my cakes in the freezer for a few hours.
Place one layer of cake on a cake plate. I like to keep large round thick plates on hand for making layer cakes, but you can also get Styrofoam cake rounds from a cake supply store, or use a dinner plate from your kitchen.
Use a spatula to spread the peach preserves on the top of the layer, but not on the sides.
Place second layer on top of first.
I find it best to apply frosting in two layers. First spread a thin layer over entire cake using a spatula. Place cake back in freezer for about 5 minutes for the first layer to set. You can place your cake on a Lazy Susan if you have one, as this will make maneuvering your cake easier during the frosting process.
After first layer of frosting has set, continue by spreading frosting on the cake sides. Next, pile frosting onto center of the cake and spread frosting out toward the edges of the cake and down the sides.
Peach Cake Decoration
Apply a pattern to the top of your cake by running a butter knife or spatula back and forth across the cake giving the cake top a wavy look. You can stop here or you can drag toothpick through the frosting, working clockwise around the cake from the cake edge to the center. If your feeling really confident (completely optional) you can use a decorator bag and star tip add a trim to the outside edge of the cake.
If you are able, you can fill a decorator/piping bag with the peach preserves or jam and apply to the cake in a circular motion. Run toothpick through the frosting as described above. This will look beautiful and add some more of that wonderful peach flavor. If you’re using preserves the peach chunks can make this step a little difficult because it can clog the end of your bag. Finish up by adding some trim to the outside edge of the cake.