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    >>> this morning in "today's" kitchen, delicious deserts. we're using one of the juiciest fruits of summer, peach cake. owner of the mail order website daisy cakes. good to have you here. i love peaches . i'm excited to have a cake filled with peaches . how do we start here?

    >> we have delicious chopped up south carolina peaches .

    >> how ripe do you want them usually.

    >> well, i like them to be ripe. that way you can put less sugar on them for your filling.

    >> perfect.

    >> soft but not too mushy. what we do first is throw in a little lemon juice to keep it from turning dark, then a little bit of sugar. if they are really sweet you can cut down on the amount of sugar. the reason for that, too, we're going to mix in peach flavored gelatin. that way --

    >> the glue that holds it together.

    >> ie exactly, thank you. mixed in with hot water so it's been sitting a little bit.

    >> the peach flavor enhances peach flavoring throughout.

    >> makes it nice an peachy. once you get that blended, you're going to add in two cups of your whipping cream . fresh whipping cream . a good rule of thumb , for every cup of whipping cream , put in a tablespoon of powdered sugar . so it's not too sweet. you don't want that to overpower. you're just going to fold that in.

    >> mix it all up.

    >> mix it up nicely.

    >> meanwhile you prebaked your cake.

    >> this is something you can do ahead of time in the summer to have a nice desert for the weekend, if you want company over.

    >> we have our filling. here are our yellow cakes. you divided them into four. did you make it with a yellow cake mix.

    >> these i did. yellow cake mix. but use your favorite cake mix .

    >> whatever timeframe you have.

    >> what's nice about it, the moisture of the peaches goes into those layers. freeze your cake layers first. that way you don't have to worry about getting crumbs into your icing. makes it go on a whole lot easier.

    >> the layers throughout.

    >> you want to grand prix one of those for me, we'll throw it on.

    >> hands are clean. i promise.

    >> go ahead and put that on. we'll quickly assemble it.

    >> beautiful.

    >> really easy.

    >> it's super easy and super delicious. the nice thing about making it a day or two ahead of time, those layers really get that nice moistness and favor of the peaches in there.

    >> one more layer.

    >> gorgeous. gorgeous cake.

    >> nice and cool and refreshing for the summertime.

    >> there you go. how do you frost it overall.

    >> we'll top it off with the rest of our whipping cream . don't be afraid to squish it down.

    >> super fresh .

    >> one of those big containers in the refrigerator.

    >> whipping cream or cream cheese frosting.

    >> if you do cream cheese , just standard two butters, two cream cheeses, two boxes of powdered sugar and vanilla.

    >> this is lovely. it's more for giving to spread on the cake.

    >> perfect summer desert. you could do similar with strawberries.

    >> use strawberry gelatin in the middle. gives you the glue. that nice strawberry flavor.

    >> some other gorgeous cakes and deserts. this is something else you can make with peaches .

    >> this is peach -- i call it peaches foster. it's like bananas foster but use peaches instead. brown sugar and butter and brandy.

    >> is that a red velvet cake ?

    >> it is.

    >> good eye.

    >> savannah.

    >> live from south carolina , al.

    >> very good.

    >> the peaches foster over your favorite ice cream . i love home made buttermilk ice cream you make with brown sugar . it's fabulous.

    >> this is foster. thank you.

    >> speaking of alcohol.

    >> kathie lee and hoda.

    >> the girl next door .

    >> but first we've got your

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updated 7/9/2012 6:21:51 PM ET 2012-07-09T22:21:51

Recipe: Peaches foster

  • 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup (unsalted)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 6-8 ripe peaches, peeled and cut into wedges, not diced
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • toasted pecans (can be buttered and salted, if desired)

Melt butter and brown sugar in non-reactive, stainless steel pan. Add peaches and cook just until heated through. Remove from heat. Add brandy and ignite. A sprinkle of cinnamon will add some sparkle to the flame.

Serve over buttermilk ice cream with toasted pecans.

Recipe: Daisy's peach cake

  • For cake:
  • 2 tablespoons peach jello
  • yellow layer cake batter
  • For filling:
  • 12 ripe peaches, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (or less) depending on how ripe the peaches are
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons peach jello, dissolved in 4 tablespoons hot water
  • For icing:
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Add 2 tablespoons peach jello (the dry powder) to the batter of your favorite yellow layer cake and make into 4 layers.

Freeze the layers for easier icing and assembly of cake. An hour or 2 is fine.

For the filling:
Mix peaches, sugar, lemon juice and peach jello in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

For the icing:
Pour 1 cup of the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar into chilled mixing bowl with chilled whisk. Whip until stiff.

Gently fold remaining whipped cream (2 cups) into peach filling.

Put filling between frozen cake layers, leaving about a 1-inch space around the edge.

Assemble, leaving the top layer for the plain whipped cream. Cover outside of cake with plain whipped cream and top with any leftover peach filling.


This cake is best if made 1-day ahead.

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