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I bought a sandcastle cake mould from Lakeland two years ago and only used it once, when I made this pineapple and coconut sandcastle cake. The uncomfortably but beautifully hot weather we've had for the past week or so inspired me to dig it out again and to come up with another summery flavour for the cake. I decided not to decorate it as a lot of fondant or buttercream is not always a great idea in hot weather, and I wanted the natural colour of the cake to reflect the colour of the sandcastle.
I wanted the cake to be light and moist so decided to make it peaches and cream flavour. I used tinned peaches as I had some in the fridge to use up, and it meant I could use the peach juice from the can as well, but if you want to use fresh peaches I'd use three or four peeled and chopped, and for the liquid element, perhaps the Granini Peach Drink that's made using peach puree (available in Tesco and Waitrose) or peach-flavoured squash, made up quite strong.
Peaches and Cream Cake - an original recipe by Caroline Makes, for Caroline Makes.Net
Cake Release spray for greasing the mould
200g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
1 cup peach juice or squash
about 200g peaches, either tinned or fresh, peeled and sliced if necessary
275g self raising flour
Preheat the oven to 150C. Spray the sandcastle mould with Cake Release or similar.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer then mix in the eggs.
Add the peach juice and mix again. Finally add the sliced peaches and the flour and gently fold in.
Stand the sandcastle mould in a large roasting tin and pour the cake mixture into the mould. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
Allow to cool in the mould and then turn out onto a cooling rack.
This was a beautifully light and moist cake; so moist in fact it started to break as I took it out of the mould before it was completely cooled, which will teach me to be more patient next time!
I'm sending this to Love Cake, hosted by Ness at JibberJabberUK; her theme is garden party and this cake would make a great centrepiece.
I'm also sharing this with the Food Calendar linky on Charlotte's Lively Kitchen as it's summer holiday season!