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Peach Upside-Down Cake with Hot Rum Glaze

Peach Upside-Down Cake with Hot Rum Glaze combines sweet summer peaches with warm brown sugar caramel under a buttery rum sauce.

Slice of Upside-Down Peach Cake being drizzled with a Hot Rum Sauce on a white plate over a multi-colored napkin. A second slice sits in the background.

I’ve been hanging on to this pineapple upside-down cake recipe that I wanted to eventually try. When I ended up with way too many fresh peaches, I decided to make a peach upside down cake with fresh peaches

Had I known how amazingly delicious it was going to be, I would’ve been making it from the minute I saw it. John said that using the peaches had to be even better than pineapple.

How to Make Peach Upside-Down Cake

Step 1: Make the Upside Down Peach Cake Topping

The interesting thing about this kind of cake is that the topping goes on the bottom of the cake pan. When the cake is flipped out of the pan, all that gooey deliciousness makes a beautiful presentation on the top of the cake. So to make the peach upside-down cake recipe, you first have to start with the topping.

You’ll heat the topping ingredients in a saucepan, and pour that into the cake pan so that it covers the bottom.

Step 2: Fresh Peach Layer

Then arrange the peaches close together, covering the bottom. Remember that the bottom becomes the top so arrange the peaches in one layer so the entire pan has a layer of peaches.

Step 3: Peach Upside-Down Cake Layer

This recipe uses a peach cake from scratch. You can make a peach upside down cake with a cake mix for a quick and easy Upside Down Peach Cake.

Mix up the cake batter and pour that over the topping. Again, you’ll want to cover the entire peach layer with the peach cake layer.

Once the cake has been baked, cooled, and removed from the pan it is served with a hot rum sauce that takes it over the top. This sauce can be made on the stovetop while you wait for the cake to bake.

How to cool this Peach Upside Down Cake

When the cake is removed from the oven, it needs to cool for exactly four minutes before you loosen the sides and invert it onto a serving platter.

If the warm peaches want to slide off the edge of the cake when it’s removed from the pan, keep them in place with toothpicks while the cake cools. Remove prior to serving.

Let the cake cool on the serving platter for a full twenty minutes before cutting it to serve with hot rum sauce.

Fruit and sauce in the bottom of a cake pan.

Peach Upside Down Cake Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for the Cake Topping

  • Peaches. Skins and pits need to be removed and then the peaches will need to be sliced into 1/2-inch slices.
  • Salted Butter.
  • Salt.
  • Dark Brown Sugar. You could also use light brown sugar
  • Dark Rum. One of my favorite Rums to use is Bumbu.

Ingredients for the Peach Upside-Down Cake Batter

  • Cake Flour.
  • All-purpose Flour.
  • Sugar.
  • Baking Soda.
  • Baking Powder.
  • Salt.
  • Buttermilk. I don’t keep fresh buttermilk on hand so often make my own. My techniques post explains how to make your own easy buttermilk.
  • Eggs.
  • Vanilla Extract.
  • Dark Rum.
  • Salted Butter. Melted.

Hot Rum Sauce Ingredients

Upside-Down Peach Cake with Hot Rum Sauce

Peach Upside Down Cake Recipe FAQs

Can I use canned peaches?

Yes, canned peaches work well in this cake but drain them well.

Do I have to use rum?

No, you don’t have to use rum. You can leave it out altogether. If the sauce is too thick add more cream.

Do I have to use cake flour?

No, you don’t have to use cake flour. However, I highly recommend it. Cake flour has less gluten than all-purpose flour and will produce a light and fluffy peach cake.

Can you freeze peach upside down cake?

Yes. We recommend making the sauce fresh and adding it right before serving.

Can you make Peach Upside-Down Cake ahead of time?

You can make it the day before it’s needed or make it and freeze it.

Does peach upside-down cake need to be refrigerated?

No, it doesn’t. However, I believe that it holds up better if kept in the refrigerator. Either letting it come to temperature before serving it or putting it in the microwave to heat it up a little is best for serving.

Upside-Down Peach Cake with Hot Rum Sauce

Tips for the Perfect Cake

I baked this upside down peach cake in a tall-sided 9-inch cake pan. The original pineapple cake recipe said to put it on a baking sheet for possible spills. I’m glad that I did because that baby bubbled over. I believe that a tall 10-inch pan would have worked well, and I would still sit it on a baking sheet.

You could add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg to the cake batter and a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the topping.

Slice the peaches all about the same thickness so they bake at the same rate.

Do I have to peel the peaches?

Yes! Peaches soften while baking and the skins will naturally fall off leaving an undesirable texture and sometimes bitter flavor.

The Easiest Way to Peel a Peach.

  1. Wash and score the peach skin with the sharp tip of a knife 4 to 6 times down the length of the peach.
  2. Add the peaches to boiling water and keep them submerged or turn them for 30 seconds.
    1. I use a spyder strainer for holding the peaches down, turning them, and removing them from the hot water.
  3. Submerge the peaches in an ice bath for 10 seconds.
  4. Slide the skin from them immediately.

How to Store Peach Upside Down Cake

This cake is best kept in the refrigerator, lightly covered. To serve the cake heat it up in the microwave or let it come to room temperature on the counter.

You can also freeze unused portions of cake. If you choose to freeze the cake, I definitely recommend making fresh rum sauce when you are ready to eat it.

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Don’t forget to stop back and let me know how your Peach Upsidedown Cake turned out.

A slice of cake topped with peaches and an icing drizzle.

Upside-Down Peach Cake with Hot Rum Glaze

Author: Hostess At Heart
Peach Upside-Down Cake with Hot Rum Glaze combines sweet summer peaches with warm cinnamon and brown sugar all under a buttery rum sauce.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Upside-down peach cake with hot rum sauce
Servings: 12 slices


Cake Topping

  • 3 peaches skins and pits removed* and sliced in 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dark rum


  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • 8 tbsp salted butter melted

Hot Rum Sauce

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp dark rum


Cake Topping

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray the inside of a tall-sided 9 or 10-inch round cake pan.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan combine butter, salt, brown sugar and dark rum. Cook over medium heat until mixture bubbles. Remove from heat and cool for no more than two minutes. Pour mixture into cake pan.
  • Arrange the peach slices in the bottom of the cake pan.


  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, dark rum, and melted butter. Whisk together until batter forms. Don't over mix or the crumb will be dense.
  • Pour batter over peach caramel layer.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool the pan for exactly 4 minutes. Run the blunt edge of a knife around the sides of the pan to loosen the cake.
  • Invert the hot cake onto a serving platter and let cake at least 20 minutes before serving it with Rum Sauce.

Hot Rum Sauce

  • In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, bring cream, sugar, vanilla, salt and rum to a boil whisking occasionally to combine. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Peach skins can be easily removed by placing them in boiling water for 30 seconds and then immersing them in an ice bath for 10 seconds.
If peaches want to slide off the edge of the cake when it’s removed from the pan, keep them in place with toothpicks while cake cools. Remove prior to serving.
Recipe adapted from Chef Alex Hitz featured in August 2016


Calories: 574kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 5gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 601mgPotassium: 226mgFiber: 1gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 1250IUVitamin C: 2.7mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

This post was originally posted in 2018 so it was time for an update. I’ve added clarity to the instructions and additional tips. No changes were made to the recipe.

Two photo collage for Pinterest. Top photo is a slice of peach cake being drizzled with white icing and the bottom photo is of a whole cake topped with brown sugar and peaches.
4.92 from 12 votes
Recipe Rating


Saturday 1st of July 2023

Do you by any chance have a recipe for bread pudding and rum sauce? Going to try your recipe with Peaches and rum sauce but would also like a bread pudding with rum sauce too. I would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 4th of July 2023

What a great idea, Carla! I have a Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe that was new within this year. I'll work on another bread pudding too.


Sunday 24th of July 2022

Can't wait to try this!!

Julie Menghini

Friday 29th of July 2022

Thank you, Carol! Let me know how it goes!


Saturday 20th of November 2021

This looks amazing but the hot rum sauce has my name all over it!

Julie Menghini

Monday 22nd of November 2021

I get it, Ellen! It's amazing. Thank you!

Amy Nash

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Holy yum! Best way to use up the last peaches of the summer! This was delicious!

Julie Menghini

Friday 8th of October 2021

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


Monday 4th of October 2021

This rum sauce really puts this already delicious cake over the top! To die for!

Julie Menghini

Monday 4th of October 2021

Thank you!

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