Melt In Your Mouth Perfection!
I think my fondness for sheet cakes is more than evident by now. I love their simplicity and ease, but most importantly I love their moist deliciousness. With peaches in full season, I set out to develop a sheet cake that showcases their flavor and decided brown butter was the perfect match.
This time I browned my butter in the microwave. I’ve been wanting to try this technique and yep, it works just fine and takes about 7 minutes.
Buttermilk is essential to my sheet cakes for both its flavor and the tenderness it adds to the crumb of the cake. Whenever I’ve attempted to make one without it, I’m always disappointed. So, the buttermilk was a given. And seeing as how almond flavor is a natural combination for peaches, I used a little extract in the cake and topped it with toasted almonds. I ended up adding even more almonds to the top than I’d originally intended because their flavor was outstanding with the peach and brown butter.
A couple teaspoons of peach liqueur was delicious in the icing. I’m crazy about Mathilde Peach Liqueur, but peach schnapps would also be appropriate. If you don’t have either of these, I’d settle for a little lemon juice instead.
I could not be more pleased with this sheet cake. My son says it’s his very favorite version. I don’t know that I necessarily have a favorite. All I know is that I can’t think of anything I bake that gives me an end result as delicious as this in such a short amount of time and with minimal effort. If you’ve made any of my other versions, you know how this cake practically melts in your mouth. This one is no different and the brown butter adds an extra dimension which only increases the overall excellence. If peaches, brown butter, and almonds are your thing, I promise this will make you very happy.