Fiesta Flaming Peach Cake (1956) ★★★
When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it. I mean, a cake on fire?! It had to be done.
Plus the cake did look kind of yummy.
FIESTA FLAMING PEACH CAKE
Gay as a fiesta, and just as light-hearted! You start with BETTY CROCKER* HONEY SPICE CAKE MIX, so you know your cake will be perfect. Just let the cake cool, then fill and top it with sweetened whipped cream. Arrange well-drained California cling peach halves on top. In the center of each golden peach, place a sugar lump soaked in lemon extract. Then light up the sugar lumps...and serve your cake flaming!
Full disclosure: I did not use Betty Crocker Honey Spice Cake Mix. I couldn't find a Betty Crocker spice cake mix, so I went with Duncan Hines's Spice Cake. I'm assuming there isn't much difference there. I also didn't want to buy an entire box of sugar cubes when I only needed a few, so I made them myself. Yes, you can do that! I just mixed white sugar with some water until it was like wet sand and I packed it into a chocolate mold I had. I let them stand at room temperature overnight to harden, before removing them from the mold.
So the first issue here was that my peaches wouldn't light on fire! I'm thinking maybe my lemon extract wasn't alcoholic enough? It was seriously disappointing, though. Plus the middles needed to be scooped out more - it was really hard to fit the sugar and extract in there. Lastly, they were really gross to eat with the cake, because of the extract. I'm not sure now if I was meant to eat them or not.
The cake itself was kind of bleh. I'm not a fan of this flavour of packaged mix. I don't mind the chocolate or vanilla, but this one wasn't great. It wasn't awful, but I wouldn't eat it by choice.
The whipped cream was probably the best part - it makes a really nice filling.
(Adapted from LIFE 23 Jan 1956)
1 box SPICE CAKE MIX
SUGAR, to taste
5 - 8 PEACH HALVES, drained
100 PROOF ALCOHOL
1. Make and bake the cake mix according to directions. Let cool.
2. Meanwhile, whip up the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in sugar to taste.
3. Assemble the cake and place the peach halves on top. In each peach half, place a sugar cube soaked in alcohol. Light the sugar on fire before serving.