Peaches & Cream Cake

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Each month, participants in the Canadian Food Experience Project write about a topic that aims to pull into clearer focus our Canadian food culture; it might be a Canadian ingredient or recipe – this month we’ve been asked to write about a Canadian food hero – someone who inspires us with what they do with their food.

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So many people come to mind – including (immediately) Chef Michael Allemeier, one of a superb team of Culinary Arts instructors at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary and former Winery Chef at Mission Hill Winery in Westbank, BC. He does a lot of good in this city, and is a great guy, and funnily enough, hit the highway to come out west the same time we did about a week and a half ago.. those following us on Twitter noticed our stops at the same road trip landmarks along the way – at D Dutchmen Dairy in Sicamous we must have missed each other by minutes.

Michael is a positive and generous member of our Calgary food scene; earlier this summer he spent time cooking for flood victims in High River, and at the inaugural Taste Alberta farm-to-fork tour at Gull Lake, he brought his own smoker to prepare (according to the awesome Liane Faulder, another local food hero I often live vicariously through) applewood-grilled bison flat iron steaks with lovage chimichurri and marrow-stuffed potatoes. Michael has taught me a lot over the years – not least of all how to grow delicious strawberries, how to proof my bread in a warm, steamy dishwasher post-cycle, and how to approach life with a smile, looking for ways to teach and inspire the next generation of chefs and eaters. Also – he came up with this buttermilk cake with peaches and cream.

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I made it before we left for Tofino, for a friend’s summer birthday. While I love grilled peaches, it was getting dark and so I skipped that stop, thickly slicing the peaches directly atop the cake as everyone chatted on the back porch. The recipe called for a strained raspberry puree to be drizzled overtop, but with a small bottle of black currant syrup in the fridge, I decided to go with that instead. It’s deep purple, almost black, with a tartness that works as well with the peaches and buttermilk cake as I imagine raspberries would. With beautiful BC peaches now in season, it’s a perfect recipe to share.

Thanks, Michael!

peaches & cream cake Collage
peaches & cream cake Collage

Grilled Peach Trifle with Lemon Buttermilk Cake

Recipe link


August 8, 2013


4 to 6 freestone peaches, cut in half and pitted

1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Lemon Buttermilk Cake

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp each baking soda, baking powder and salt

6 Tbsp. buttermilk

juice and finely grated zest of a lemon

Raspberry Syrup

2 cups frozen or fresh raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp lemon juice

Almond Whipped Cream

1 1/2 cups 35% whipping cream

1/4 cup icing sugar

3/4 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp vanilla


1Lemon Buttermilk Cake: Pre-heat oven to 325°F (160°C). Lightly butter a 10-inch (25 cm) non- stick springform pan; line bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.

2In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together sugar, butter and vanilla, until creamy and smooth. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.

3Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk until well mixed. Add lemon zest and juice; mix well. Spread into the prepared pan; smooth top.

4Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from pan and cool on rack completely.

5Raspberry Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine raspberries, sugar, water and juice; bring to a simmer on high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes or until raspberries are completely broken down. Strain through a fine meshed sieve, pressing on berries to extract juice. Discard seeds and refrigerate syrup to cool completely.

6Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place peaches cut side down on greased grill; grill covered for 3 to 4 minutes or until grill marks appear. Turn peaches over and grill 1 to 2 minutes longer. Cool to room temperature or up to 6 hours.

7Almond Whipped Cream: In a chilled bowl, whip cream, icing sugar, and almond and vanilla extracts until stiff peaks form.

8To assemble: On a serving platter, place cake. Cut a wafer thin horizontal slice off the top of the cake (and enjoy). Drizzle with ¾ cup (175 mL) of the raspberry syrup. Spread almond cream to the edges. Place grilled peach halves on top. Drizzle remaining raspberry syrup and sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately.

9 Enjoy!


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8 comments on “Peaches & Cream Cake

  1. Anita
    August 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Julie, what would you use to substitute the buttermilk in this recipe? I have Greek yogurt, sour cream, and yogurt in the fridge.

  2. Wonderful looking cake. Nice story.

  3. Laura
    August 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    This looks so divine! To change it up, could you use blueberries instead of peaches??

  4. Cheryl
    August 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I am making this tonight! Can you tell us more about proofing the bread in the dishwasher?

  5. Anonymous
    August 8, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Cool to have those little spiral things coming out of the cake. Very festive. I wondered what they were but then remembered you said it was made for a bithday so I assume they are candles. Anita, I think you could substitute any of the things you have on hand, just thin (with water or milk) to buttermilk consistency and measure as for the buttermilk in the recipe.

  6. ACanadian Foodie
    August 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    What a wonderful tribute – and incredible recipe – that would have me focused intently … Not slicing peaches into the cake with guests on my back porch? Goodness! one may end up in the pie! Bought peaches to make it – grow the raspberries – but didn’t get to it and were on the road to Sicamous – Mara Lake – now. So,Duchman Dairy and where else?
    Ps “the boss” would bethe perfect food hero post for rolling spoons

  7. A Canadian Foodie
    August 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I forgot to congratulate you here, too, Julie!
    For many of you whom may not be aware, Julie has been identified by Alberta’s Venuture Magazine July 1, 2013, as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta. I actually discovered this a only a couple of days ago and can’t think of any food writer in Alberta more deserving. Congratulation, Julie!

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