This Gluten Free Kuchen is a creamy, decadent cake that is full of ripe peaches. This cake tastes like it was made in a fancy bakery! It is an easy, beginner-level recipe to make, and nobody will believe it is gluten free.
If you are looking for a cake that will truly feature summer peaches and their sweet flavors, this gluten free peach kuchen is the recipe to make next. It is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients!
Kuchen cakes originated in Germany. They are often associated with special occasions, family gatherings, and holidays. Many of my husband's family are from Germany, and I have always wanted to convert one of their kuchen recipes to gluten free.
If you love German desserts, try this Gluten Free German Apple Cake recipe too!
Why This Recipe Is Great:
- Kuchen cakes often have a tasty combination of flavors. They can be made with peaches or other fruits, such as apples, cherries, or plums, which infuse the cake with their natural sweetness.
- Kuchen cakes are typically moist, and tender from the sweet cream poured on top midway through baking.
- One thing I love about kuchen cakes is how pretty they are. Usually, the fruit is placed in a decorative pattern on the top of the cake.
Made this yesterday, was delicious "April D., Facebook comment
I have a lot of great gluten free peach recipes. They all can be made with fresh or frozen peaches!f
This gluten free peach kuchen without canned peaches is gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free. I have not tested a dairy-free version of this recipe.
Check out all of my gluten-free cake recipes for more cake recipes.
This is a great gluten-free flour blend for making cookies, muffins, and biscuits. For best results, be sure to let the batter sit for 15-20 minutes before baking. Do not use this blend for yeast recipes.
- Gluten Free Flour Blend - I tested this recipe with Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Flour Blend. Other blends should work, but keep an eye on the cake batter consistency. Depending on whether the blend is starchy, you may need to add more or less liquid. You can read more about my preferred flour blends in this article The Best Gluten Free Flour Blends (and When To Use Them.)
- Xanthan Gum - If your blend doesn't contain xanthan or guar gum, add one teaspoon of either one. See the "Substitutions" for a gum-free recipe option.
- Sugar - White cane sugar.
- Baking Powder - Use aluminum-free baking powder.
- Butter - Unsalted butter.
- Milk - I used oat milk, but plant-based milk or regular milk will work. If you use oat milk, check my gluten free oat milk list for safe brands.
- Heavy Cream - I used regular heavy whipping cream. So Delicious makes a dairy-free heavy cream, but I have not tested it in this recipe.
- Egg - Size large.
- Peaches - Fresh or frozen. Canned will also work.
- Swap frozen peaches for fresh peaches. Be sure to thaw the frozen peaches and drain the excess liquid before adding them to the wet ingredients.
- You can use canned peaches. Choose canned peaches without heavy syrup, and be sure to drain them well.
- Add in other fruits like blueberries or strawberries.
Tips For Sucess:
- Do not use a standing mixer to mix the cake batter. It will overmix the batter, leaving you with a dense cake. I always mix my wet and dry ingredients by hand until they are barely mixed.
- If you have a 9-inch springform pan, that is easier to use than a 9-inch cake pan. Both work well, but getting the cake out of the pan using a springform pan is easier.
Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:
Decide if you want to peel your peaches or leave the skins on. I chose to leave the skins on because of the added fiber. You can do it with a sharp knife if you want to peel your peaches.
Many readers like to boil the peaches for a few seconds to help loosen the skins and make them easier to peel.
Step 1: In a large
Step 2: Add the cold butter and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the dry ingredients.
Step 3: When you are finished cutting the butter into the dry ingredients. It will resemble crumbs, like the photo above.
Step 4: Mix the wet ingredients, including the milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk to blend them. Pour them into the dry ingredients and mix them into a dough.
Note this dough will be a little more firm than you are used to.
Hands down this non-stick spray is amazing. It is totally inexpensive and it will save your gluten free cakes and muffins from sticking!
Step 5: If you have a 9-inch springform pan, use that. If not, use a 9-inch cake pan. To prevent sticking, spray the pan with a gluten free baking spray like the La Tourangelle above. If you use a cake pan, I highly advise lining it with parchment paper as well.
Step 6: Add the cake batter to the pan. Spread it out so it evenly coats the bottom of the pan. Add the sliced peaches in any pattern. Bake at 375º F for 15 minutes.
Step 7: Mix up your creamy custard layer while the cake is baking. Add the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and gluten free flour to a bowl and whisk.
Step 8: Remove the cake from the oven and pour the custard over the top of the cake. It is okay if you can't see your peaches; the custard absorbs in while the cake bakes.
Step 9: Bake the cake for 25 minutes longer, or until the top of the cake is golden, and the cake feels firm to the touch. Place the cake on a cooling rack and allow it to cool before slicing.
You may also love this homemade Gluten Free Peach Cobbler recipe!
Serve this cake plain or with fresh homemade whipped cream.
This kuchen tastes like a cake with an almost custardy texture. It is from absorbing the custard while it bakes.
I always recommend storing this gluten free kuchen in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Gluten free baked goods spoil quicker than regular baked goods, and this is especially true for this cake. The custard holds up better in the refrigerator.
Yes! This cake freezes easily. I freeze the slices of the cake in a freezer-safe zipper bag.
More Gluten Free Peach Recipes:
- Easy Gluten Free Peach Loaf Cake
- Gluten Free Peach Cupcakes
- Fluffy Gluten Free Peach Muffins
- Paleo Peach Cobbler - Grain-free and refined sugar-free.
Easy Gluten Free Kuchen
- 1 ½ cups gluten free flour blend * see notes
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder aluminum-free
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter COLD
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 peaches peeled or skin on
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons gluten free flour blend
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375º F and place the oven rack in the middle of the oven.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients. (The first five ingredients.) Whisk to blend.
- Add the cold butter chunks to the dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture. The end result should look like it is filled with crumbs.
- In a smaller bowl, add the milk, vanilla, and egg. Whisk and pour into the dry ingredients.
- Mix into a thick cake batter.
- Grease a 9-inch springform pan or cake pan. If you use a cake pan, line it with parchment paper too.
- Add the cake batter and spread it evenly over the bottom of the pan.
- Slice your peaches and place them over the cake batter. Peeling the peaches is optional. I left mine on.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the custard ingredients and whisk.
- Remove the cake from the oven and pour the custard over the top of the cake.
- Bake for an additional 25 minutes. The cake is finished baking when it is golden on top and firm to the touch.
- Remove the cake from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
- I tested this recipe with Bob's Red Mill 1:1 flour. Other blends should work. I haven't tested others at this time.
- Xanthan Gum - be sure your blend has a binder like xanthan or guar gum. If yours doesn't contain this, add one teaspoon.
- If you need gum-free, use my DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend in this recipe.
- You can use any fruit to make this gluten free kuchen.
- You can use frozen peaches. Thaw them and drain any extra liquids.
- You can use canned peaches. I recommend not using canned peaches in heavy syrup. Drain all syrup well.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep fresh for up to 4 days.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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