Bourbon Peach Coffee Cake

Bourbon Peach Coffee Cake

I told you a few weeks ago about my sketchy history with computer (my new one is up and running and I’m loving it), but I’ve realized it’s not just computers I kill, it’s electronics. Seriously, if there’s an electronic in your life that you value, stay far, far away from me.

Recently the washer quit working. It even sparked when plugged-in to reset it. That’s a little too exciting for my taste! Then about a week later, the dishwasher went. It totally and completely quit working. It was super fun hand washing all the dishes for the better part of a week. Not! I do have to admit, shiny new appliances are pretty awesome. I never thought I’d say this, but I looooooove our new dishwasher.

Bourbon Peach Coffee Cake

Oh, and now the latch on the microwave is broken. Mom (or as I like to call her MomGuyver :)) is determined to fix it herself. As opposed to the dishwasher and washer, which get used and abused on a daily basis, the microwave sits idle most of the time, so it has no excuses to break. Of course, suddenly, I want to use the microwave all the time.

I can’t forget about my cell phone and me. We barely survived the last two year contract with it constantly telling me it was out of storage space, even though I had deleted almost EVERYTHING on it. The day the contract expired, I went and got a brand new phone, which I discovered two weeks later had a faulty microphone, so I couldn’t be heard when making calls (clearly I make a lot of calls). I have another new, fully functioning cell phone, thanks to the nice guy at the phone store, and I’m frankly just hoping I’m not part magnet, out to destroy the world’s electronics.

Bourbon Peach Coffee Cake

I’m also in need of some of this Bourbon Peach Coffee Cake. I actually used a mix of yellow and white peaches and nectarines, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand. This coffee cake is super moist with the best crumb topping and a boozy, bourbon glaze. The glaze packs a bit of a punch and isn’t cooked, so feel free to use lemon or orange juice, or even water if you’re concerned about the alcohol. I hope summer, peach season, this cake, and my new electronics last forever.

Bourbon Peach Coffee Cake

Bourbon Peach Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 9 pieces



1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons bourbon

½ cup sour cream

4 small peaches or nectarines, pitted, peeled, and sliced thinly


¾ stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

1 cup all-purpose flour

⅓ cup granulated sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt


1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1-2 tablespoons bourbon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8 inch pan. Line with parchment and butter the parchment.

Make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would also work. Add eggs and vanilla and mix to fully combine. Add bourbon and mix until fully incorporated. Add half of the flour mixture and mix only until barely combined. Mix in sour cream. Mix in the rest of the flour until you have a thick cake batter with all flour combined. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Top with sliced peaches in even rows, some overlapping is fine.

Make the topping. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt until fully incorporated with no big lumps. Add the butter. Stir until all of the dry mixture is moistened and clumps of various sizes are formed. Pour topping evenly over cake and fruit.

Bake for 70 to 80 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the very center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs, rotating halfway through if necessary. Make sure the toothpick has crumbs, or the cake may still be liquid in the middle. It will be golden brown on top. Some of the crumbs will become very crunchy, if you do not want this to happen, cover the cake after about 60 minutes of baking. Cool in pan for at least 1 hour.

Make the glaze. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and bourbon until fully incorporate, adding more sugar or bourbon as necessary until a glaze that can be drizzled is achieved. Drizzle over the cake.

Cut into 9 pieces and serve warm or at room temperature. Store for up to 2 days at room temperature or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw pieces at room temperature for several hours or in a 350 degree F oven for 10-15 minutes, wrapping in parchment if you wish to prevent it from becoming crunchy. Whole cakes will take much longer to thaw.

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  1. What an absolutely lovely cake!!! I could get used to this!

  2. Linda K. says:

    It makes me giggle that the yield for this cake is 9 pieces, but you say to cut it into 12. That means 3 for sampling, right? I’m definitely going to make this.

  3. Debbie Eccard says:

    I live peaches! Sounds wonderful! I shared on FB.

  4. Ohhh it’s that time of year to start baking with peaches again!

  5. I seriously LOL’d at this post because I have horrible luck with electronics too!! Maybe a huge slice of this bourbon peach coffee cake would help ease the pain 😉

  6. You had me at Bourbon Peach ! That’s one of my favorite combinations. Pinning! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Oh my gosh Lauren, you definitely do not have good luck with electronics. But, I swear when one goes out… they all seem to go out! I’ve had to purchase a refrigerator AND a dishwasher… and a stove all in one month. I swear someone rigged them… hehe! What a gorgeous coffee cake, by the way! Love the way you created it with peach and a bit of bourbon! Scrumptious!

    • It always goes like that that everything goes out at one time. At least now you have all new appliances 🙂

  8. it looks yummy!

  9. Sounds like you have bad luck with electronics LOL I can totally relate!! Love this coffee cake…it’s totally making me drool right now staring at these photos…

  10. I’ll be sure to keep my electronic devices away from you 😉 I’m very protective of my computer. I won’t even let my hubby use it, for fear that he’ll spill something on it. This coffee cake looks amazing. It’s so moist! Pinned.

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