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Low Sugar Peach Almond Cake

A light spongey almond flavoured cake is topped with ripe juicy peaches in this low sugar peach almond cake.

Make this when peaches are at their ripest and lay them on their side across the top of the cake to show off the beautiful gold and red colours.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Yield: 1 8-inch round cake

Mildly Sweet Recipe


Low Sugar Peach Almond Cake 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3-4 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced 1 inch thick


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

  3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, applesauce, vanilla and almond extracts until creamy. Slowly add in the melted butter, whisking until blended.

  4. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just until evenly moistened. Do not overmix.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

  6. Arrange the peach slices on top of the cake in circles, starting at the outside and working your way in. Press lightly into the batter.

  7. Bake the cake for 40 - 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  8. Cool on a wire rack in pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto wire rack to release from pan, and then place another wire rack on bottom of cake and flip over so peaches are on top.

This cake can also be made using an 8 or 9-inch springform pan. If using springform pan, let cake cool for 20 minutes then gently remove sides of pan.

Low Sugar peach almond cake nutrition

Sweeter Option

For a sweeter cake, replace the 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce in the Mildly Sweet recipe above with 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk the sugar in with the egg, milk, vanilla and almond extracts in step 3. Omit the unsweetened applesauce.

If you would like to experiment with other sweeteners, see About Sweeteners for more information and nutrition facts on honey, maple syrup, stevia and other sweeteners.

Low Sugar peach almond cake nutrition

Most of the recipes on Sweet Smart are adapted from my favourite cookbooks and websites. The Sweeter Option usually calls for about 1/4 to 1/2 of the sugar used in the original recipe.

Adapted from: Peach Streusel Coffee Cake from The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book: Essential Recipes for Today's Home Baker.

Recipe Sweetness

Sweet Smart recipes offer 2 sweetness levels:

1. Mildly Sweet
For those looking to enjoy baked treats with low sugar content. Recipes are designed to:
  • Minimize potential blood sugar spikes
  • Reduce cravings for sweets

2. Sweeter Option
For those who want a bit more sweetness in their baked goods, but are still looking for a lower sugar option.

These recipes are not meant to replicate traditional recipes, they are meant to provide a less sweet alternative.

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