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Kenya's Peach Cake

From around the age of two Kenya liked to march into the kitchen and rattle off a laundry list of ingredients he needed to make a whatever food creation he had thought up. My favorite one was called "Hahoha", as he named it. The ingredients for "Hahoha" changed often, but they were generally an interesting a mix of eggs, bread and water.

Kenya's early culinary works of art revolved mainly around water and using cooking equipment like our blender, but over the years he's broadened his repertoire and interests and developed more of a sense of what cooking entails.

Still, whenever he starts in about making one of his recipes I brace myself for what's in store. When Kenya wants to cook it's not me leading the show and telling him what goes into the recipe, rather it's all about what he wants and how he sees it all coming together. Last weekend he told hubby and me that he wanted to make a cake comprised of apples, flour, a LOT of baking soda, milk and honey. I informed Kenya that apples weren't in season yet and suggested he try peaches instead. He liked the idea.

At first I was just going to let Kenya dump all of his ingredients in a bowl, stir them up and bake it. However, I really wanted him to have a chance at success, so I suggested he add an egg, a touch of vanilla and some baking powder. Kenya agreed and said they would work for his recipe. I still wasn't expecting much, but when the cake finally came out of the oven smelling richly of golden brown sugar and sweet peaches, our whole family tore into it without so much as allowing it to cool. Totally inspired, I remade Kenya's Peach Cake recipe a few more times, making minor adjustments here and there, but leaving his basic recipe the same. I have to give full credit to my little man for this success. It's super simple to make and perfect for a light dessert or late afternoon snack.

I'm not saying that letting your kids take over the kitchen and run on the show on a daily basis is such a great idea, but sometimes they might surprise you with their tasty ideas!

This recipe is part of Food Network's Summer Fest. Check out all the other delicious peach recipes below!

Jeanette's Healthy Living_ Peach Kiwi Salsa
Chez Us_ Upside Down Peach Bourbon Cake
The Heritage Cook_ Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Filling
Virtually Homemade_ Peach Cobbler Muffins
Made By Michelle_ Mint Peach Popsicles
Taste With The Eyes_ The BLP Sandwich (Bacon, Lettuce and Peach)
Napa Farmhouse 1885_ Healthy Peach Crisp Smoothie
Red or Green_ Spiced Peach Daiquiri
Feed Me Phoebe_ Peach Lassi
Domesticate Me_ Grilled Halibut Tacos with Peach Salsa
Weelicious: Kenya's Peach Cake
Blue Apron Blog_ Seared Trout with Peach and Arugula Salad
The Sensitive Epicure_ Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt, Honey, Lime Zest and Vanilla
Daily*Dishin: Blackberry Cheesecake with Fresh Peach Topping
Devour: Chia Seed Pudding with Peaches
FN Dish_ 5 Unsung Sides of the Summer Peach

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Kenya's Peach Cake (1 9-inch square or round cake - 12 servings)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 peach cubed
  • * You can substitute the peach with an apple, pear or 2 plum

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, honey, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla.
4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined, and fold in the peaches.
5. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 9 inch square or 9-inch round pan and bake 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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25 comments

  • Ruth

    What an awesome, fun story! Guessing you gave him direction on how much of each ingredient to use! I could see my son wanting to add a bag of flour to a teaspoon of milk and expecting it to turn out great. He also loves getting creative in the kitchen. Looking forward to trying this recipe with him!

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  • April

    Adorable and yummy!

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  • Hollie Garcia

    Good job Kenya! You must be so proud :)

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  • Anne

    Great inspiration for our little cooks!

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  • Sarahdinner

    Sounds amazing. I dont have a sifter will it work if I skip that step?

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    • Catherine

      It will still work, but for good measure whisk the ingredients together well to incorporate some air!

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  • Deborah

    Can we substitute almond milk for regular low fat milk?

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tested that, but I think that would work just fine!

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  • Lindsey

    yum sounds so good =)

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  • Erika

    Hey Catherine! Do you think that it would work if I used an all-purpose gluten-free flour instead?

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    • Catherine

      That should work!

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  • Vanessa

    How cute! I love that story. The cake sounds yummy! I'll have to have my little chef make it :-)

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  • Fatima

    Can we use canned peaches?

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    • Catherine

      Canned peaches will be very wet and will affect the overall texture of the cake, but I think they would work if you dried them off first!

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  • Cy

    I followed exactly on the recipe but it turn out not so nice especially middle part. It too sticky and very heavy. What have gone wrong? Please advise. Thanks

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    • Catherine

      Without being there I can't be sure exactly what happened. How long did you bake it? Is your oven calibrated? Put an oven thermometer inside your oven to make sure it is at the correct heat!

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  • Olawale Taiwo

    Hello,

    I so much love the recipe and its simplicity. I just want to ask if you peeled and cored the peaches or you used it just liked that.

    Thanks.

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    • Catherine

      I left the peel on!

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  • Cynthia

    Can you use regular milk intead of low fat milk or the results wont be good?

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    • Catherine

      You can use any type of milk you prefer!

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  • Ambs

    I love peach muffins they are one of my favorite muffins so i make a lot esp peaches and cream muffins! So someone like me who loves peaches And they are only available during summer time I have made muffins with canned peaches and they turn out just fine! Last week I made muffins with canned peaches then just today I made peaches and cream muffins with fresh peaches since they are available at my grocery store now so it does work both ways! Just drain they peaches good and chop them up!

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  • Sarah

    Oh my, This is happiness on a fork! My kids will love this especially my youngest who would take in any form of peach. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  • Ashley

    I plan on making this for my daughter for her first birthday. Although I know honey is safe after one I would like to wait a little longer before I introduced honey to her. Any suggestions for substitutions other than white sugar? Agave, coconut sugar, maple syrup? And about how much of the substitution? Thanks =)

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