I enjoy making up words. I enjoy making up words and discovering that they are, in fact, legitimate words even more. Case and point: cakelet. Not really a cupcake or a muffin, and not really a tartlette – cakelet it is! By the way, I am so beyond the reach of my computer’s intelligence, that it keeps informing me via red squiggle line that cakelet is not a word. Teakettle perhaps? No silly computer…
How do I know it’s an actual word?
Boom. The Williams Sonoma Nordic Ware Buttercup CAKELET Pan. If Williams Sonoma says it’s a word, it’s final.
The point of this post is not to argue the legitimacy of words, I promise. Its point is to make note that it’s National Peach Month! Wahoo! Peaches for everybody!
Proximity has its value during this month and I cannot tell you how many fantastic Georgia peaches I have sloppily chowed down on this summer. Nothing is better than a juicy peach so perfect that the only thing that remains in your hand after eating is a clean pit.
While at my parents over the weekend, my mom made this fantastic Peach-Almond Upside-Down cake. Oh man, it was so dang good. So good, that I decided to make it last night to share with some lucky co-workers this morning. Alas, cake can be messy so I wanted to try to make individual cakes in cupcake pans. I adjusted the recipe, crossed my fingers, and came up with some really, REALLY good cakelets. Enjoy friends!
Peach-Almond Upside-Down Cakeletes
Difficulty: Looks far more difficult than it actually is
Yields: 12 cakelets
- 1 stick plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
- 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Using 6 tablespoons of butter, cut and divide the stick into 12 equal portions. Drop each piece into the individual pans.
- Evenly spoon the brown sugar on top of the butter – It’s about 2 teaspoons per pan – and set the butter and brown sugared pan aside.
- In a food processor, blender, or if you’re super cool like me, a Magic Bullet, pulse the almonds until finely ground.
- In a bowl mix the almonds, flour, baking powder and salt with a fork. Set Aside.
- In another large bowl, cream the remaining butter (should be about 7 tablespoons) with the white sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add each egg, one at a time, mixing between each one.
- Mix in the extracts.
- In a measuring cup or small bowl, mix the milk and yogurt together (it will be lumpy)
- Place the butter/brown sugar pan into the oven. This will allow for the sugar to caramelize and be an awesome glaze when you flip the cakelets over.
- While the pan is heating…In three batches, beat in the flour mixture to the butter, sugar, egg, mixture, alternating with the milk/yogurt mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat in each mixture until just incorporated.
- Once the sugar and butter mixture in the oven is hot and bubbly, like so: remove and place two slices of peaches in each pan: Or if you don’t feel like being all that fancy, chop up the peaches into small chunks and throw some in. I used slices, but looking back, I wish I would have used the chunk method.
- Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour the batter evenly in each pan, covering the peaches and sugar mixture. The cake mix does not rise that much so don’t worry about overfilling.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Place the pan on a cooling rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes. I waited about 20 because I’m impatient and they turned out fine – you be the judge. I Also went through and gave the cakelets a little twist before flipping, just to ensure no sticking.
- On a clean towel, invert the cooled pan and say a little prayer.
- Lift the pan and VOILA! You should have a little pile of delicious looking upside down cakelets.
Serve these suckers with some ice cream and, oh man, you will be one happy camper.
Have a great weekend everyone!!