Free Recipe: Peach Blossom Cake by Merle Parrish from The Great Australian Cookbook

Free Recipe: Peach Blossom Cake by Merle Parrish from The Great Australian Cookbook

MerleParrishPeach Blossom Cake by Merle Parrish

This gorgeous cake will wow your guests. It’s from the fabulous new The Great Australian Cookbook that features the best cooks and chefs from all over Australia.

Servings: 8 | Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins | Skill Level: 2 (Moderate)




190 g butter at room temperature, chopped

1¼ cups white sugar

¾ cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

1½ cups plain flour

¾ cup cornflour

1½ tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

6 egg whites

1–2 drops rose-pink

food colouring



1½ cups icing sugar

10 g butter

2 tbsp boiling water

few drops of rose-pink food colouring



Pre-heat the oven to low (150°C). Grease a 20 cm round, deep cake tin. Line the base of the tin with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar in the small bowl of an electric mixer until white and fluffy. Gradually add half the milk to help dissolve the sugar, and beat well. Beat in the vanilla. Transfer to a larger bowl.

Sift the flour, cornflour, baking powder and salt together three times. Fold into the butter mixture, then add the remaining milk (don’t worry if it appears curdled at this stage).

In another bowl, use clean beaters to beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold half the egg whites into the cake batter, then fold in the remaining egg whites.

Transfer 1 cup of the mixture to a smaller bowl, and stir in the drops of food colouring. Take about ¾ cup of the white mixture, and spread over the base of the tin. Take half the pink batter, and spoon it in a ring about 1 cm in from the edge of the tin – it should be about 1–1½ cm wide.

Very carefully spread half the remaining white batter over, taking care not to disturb the pink ring. Spoon the remaining pink batter into the centre of the tin, making a round of about 8 cm. Spoon the rest of the white batter over the whole top, again taking care not to disturb the pink round.

BaMerleParrishke for about 1 hour 10 minutes, until the cake is springy to a gentle touch in the centre and comes away from the sides of the tin. It may appear slightly cracked in the centre, but should settle flat on cooling. (If not, gently press the top flat with your fingertips.) Turn out onto a clean tea towel lined with a sheet of baking paper. Leave to cool.

To make the icing, combine the ingredients until smooth. Spread over the top of the cooled cake, and leave to set.


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      Featuring 165 recipes, from tried and true Aussie classics to contemporary cuisine that reflect Australia's ethnic diversity and fresh local produce, The Great Australian Cookbook is a celebration of local cuisine.One hundred of Australia's finest cooks, chefs, bakers and local heroes let us into their homes and their hearts as they share their favourite recipes they make for the people they love.Each recipe is accompanied by stunning original photography shot entirely on location that captures the essence and nature of this beautiful country of ours.With original cover artwork from acclaimed artist Reg Mombassa, this Australian collection is a celebration of the food we love, made for the people we love, and is set to become a classic.Contributors Include: Adriano Zumbo, Charmaine Solomon, George Calombaris, Kylie Kwong, Maggie Beer, Margaret Fulton, Matt Moran, Monday Morning Cooking Club, Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore, Peter Russell-Clarke And Stephanie Alexander
      Merle Parrish
      About the author

      Merle Parrish

      Merle Parrish has been competing from the age of 7 in state cookery competitions, and became a judge herself in 1988 when she completed her CWA Judges' Certificate. She has won just about every prize in every category in the competitive baking world and became a MasterChef sensation when the judges saw her amazing technique!Merle lives in Cudal, near Orange in NSW, and continues to compete in shows.

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