Italian Peach and Lemon Cake: A Beloved Dessert

Immerse yourself in the essence of Italy with this Peach and Lemon Cake, a dessert so delightful and easy to make that it’s bound to become a weekly tradition in your home. Combining the sweet juiciness of peaches with the tangy freshness of lemon, this cake is a celebration of flavors and textures. Here’s how to bring this beloved Italian dessert to your kitchen.

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 100g sugar
  • 8g vanilla sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 140g butter, softened
  • 300g 00 flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 10g baking powder

Cream Ingredients:

  • 400ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 8g vanilla sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream or mascarpone
  • 30ml lemon juice

For Topping:

  • 800g peaches in syrup, drained and sliced
  • Egg whites, beaten to stiff peaks (optional, for meringue)
  • Sliced almonds (optional, for decoration)


  1. Prepare the Cake Base:
    • Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F). Grease and flour a round cake pan.
    • In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, sugar, and vanilla sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Add the egg and lemon zest, mixing well.
    • Sift in the flour and baking powder, folding gently to incorporate into a smooth batter.
    • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared cake pan.
  2. Make the Cream:
    • In a saucepan, whisk together the milk, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla sugar, and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
    • Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream or mascarpone and lemon juice. Let cool slightly.
  3. Assemble the Cake:
    • Pour the cream over the cake base in the pan. Arrange the sliced peaches on top of the cream.
  4. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is set and the top is golden.
  5. Optional Meringue Topping:
    • If using, spread the beaten egg whites over the cake 10 minutes before the end of baking time. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and return to the oven to finish baking.
  6. Serve:
    • Allow the cake to cool in the pan before slicing and serving. The cake is delicious on its own or can be enhanced with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.


This Italian Peach and Lemon Cake captures the spirit of Italy with its bright flavors and irresistible texture. Perfect for any occasion, from family gatherings to special celebrations, it’s a dessert that’s as pleasurable to make as it is to eat. Enjoy the process of baking this most-loved cake and the joy of sharing it with those around you. Buon appetito!