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Bourbon Peach Shortcake

Bourbon Peach Shortcake. A light as air sponge cake gets layered with vanilla whipped cream and peaches which have been marinated in vanilla and bourbon.

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Bourbon Peach Shortcake.

This Bourbon Peach Shortcake was inspired by another version of this cake that we often enjoy, a Brandied Peach Shortcake.

On this occasion, I was making dessert for a little send-off supper we were having for Olivia.  She’s headed off to university in Ontario this week.

Peaches marinating in bourbon

Peaches marinating in Bourbon.

Olivia loves plain sponge cake, especially in her favourite dessert, our Ultimate Strawberries and Cream Cake

With peaches at their seasonal peak, I decided on those as the basis for the cake. Peaches and Bourbon also remind me of Georgia  where I once sampled an amazing peach and bourbon ice cream.

close up of peaches on market stand. Stock Photo

Fresh or frozen peaches both work well in this simple recipe idea.

So. I decided to switch the brandy for bourbon and add a little vanilla extract.

After leaving the peaches in the bourbon and vanilla for a couple of hours the flavours infused into the fruit without overwhelming it. We all loved this version of peach shortcake as did a few friends with whom we shared the leftovers.

Bourbon Peach Shortcake photo of uncut cake with fresh peaches on the side

Bourbon Peach Shortcake.

I dare say this one will become a regular addition to all the peach desserts we enjoy every summer.

Originally published Aug 2016. Updated Aug 2020.

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Yield: 12 servings

Bourbon Peach Shortcake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Bourbon Peach Shortcake. A light as air sponge cake gets layered with vanilla whipped cream and peaches which have been marinated in vanilla and bourbon.


For the sponge cake

  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter

For the marinated peaches

  • 4 cups peeled and diced peaches
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


For the Sponge Cake

  1. Line the bottom of an ungreased 9 inch springform with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment in place, add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat at high speed until the mixture is very light and foamy and about tripled in volume. About 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the bowl from the mixer and very gently fold in the flour, a little at a time. I like to sprinkle the flour over the surface of the batter a little a t a time and gently fold in with a rubber spatula.
  4. Remove about a cup of this batter and stir the melted butter. Then fold the butter and batter mixture gently back into the cake batter in the bowl.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until the cake springs back at the center and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. When completely cool, cut the cake in half horizontally with a sharp serrated bread knife.

To prepare the peaches

  1. Toss all ingredients together in a glass bowl. Cover and leave to marinate for a couple of hours, occasionally tossing the fruit gently with a rubber spatula.
  2. After a couple of hours, strain the peaches trough a sieve or colander but RESERVE THE JUICE!

To prepare the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. Simply beat the whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer until firm peaks form.

To construct the cake

  1. Lay the cut layers of cake flat on a flat surface, cut side up and drizzle the reserved juice from the peaches all over the cake halves. Let the cakes sit there for 10-15 minutes to absorb the juices and bourbon.
  2. Place one of the cake layers onto the serving plate and spread on about 1/3 of the whipped cream.
  3. Evenly spread about 2/3 of the drained marinated peaches on top of the cream.
  4. Spread on another 1/3 of the whipped cream and then add the next layer of cake.
  5. At this point you can dust the top of the cake with icing sugar if you like.
  6. Add the final 1/3 of the whipped cream to the centre of the cake top and then add the final 1/3 of the peaches.
  7. Your cake will be ready to serve immediately but store it in the fridge if serving later.


This cake can be made alcohol free if you like. 1/4 cup peach juice (or pureed peaches) or even orange juice could work well as a substitute.

Brandy, Amaretto, peach schnapps or rum could also substituted for the bourbon if you prefer

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 353Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 11gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 141mgSodium 64mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 1gSugar 28gProtein 5g

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Monday 30th of July 2018

If using all-purpose flour, do I need to add any kind of leavening agent? Very excited to try it out for my grandmother’s birthday and want to make sure it’s perfect!

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

Some recipes for sponge cake do sift a little baking powder through the flour but if you have a good stand mixer and get plenty of volume in the egg and sugar mixture, I find it doesn't really need it.

Thomas Coleman

Thursday 8th of September 2016

This was relatively easy to make and really delicious. I am a peach lover so i can't skip this!

Ellen Little

Sunday 4th of September 2016

This was so yummy! WIsh I could upload my picture!

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