Cinnamon Peach Kuchen


Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

“Kuchen” is German for cake. Traditional kuchen recipes run the gamut from pies to cakes to simply sweet pastries. This version is quick, easy, and even though it only resembles a authentic version, it is delicious enough to stand out own it’s own accord. You can alter it countless ways using seasonal fruit and it makes a great “not too sweet” dessert, which is usually how I serve it. This morning, my husband declared it to make a great breakfast as well. He is a “grab and go” type guy who used to not eat breakfast at all. I’ve brought him a long way in the past sixteen years! Today, when he went to open the microwave to reheat the coffee he made earlier and forgot about (it’s a daily ritual), he said “OH! There’s a cake in here!”

“I told you I made a cake yesterday.” 

“Oh! Well I didn’t think you meant we still had it!”

He is used to me making food, photographing it, and giving it away :)

As I type this, I am surrounded by three princesses playing hide and go seek in the house. My niece, my daughter, and one of her friends (which we keep having over in hopes that her Mama will let us keep her) are enjoying a fun summer day all decked out in the finest dress up clothes. As a result, I’m a wee bit distracted. But cinnamon toast is about to come out of the oven and I am hoping that will buy me a little bit of time to finish up this post…

Interesting note about this post: I took all of the photos with my phone. I got a new one with a really nice camera so I just wanted to see how it would turn out doing an entire post with it. I’ll go back to my actual camera next time but it is important to know that I have a backup in case I ever drop my camera in chocolate cake batter like I did in this post.  Hey, I gotta get my thrills where I can these days, ya know?

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

You’ll need: Peaches (fresh or canned), old fashioned oats*, Jiffy Cake Mix*, Cinnamon, Butter, Sour Cream, Egg, and a little white sugar.

*I prefer old fashioned oats because I’m actually using them in place of pecans in this recipe due to the expense of pecans. So I like the bigger oats. However, if you have quick oats, don’t make a special trip to get old fashioned. They’ll work just fine. If you have pecans and want to use them instead, knock yourself out.

*If you can’t get Jiffy Cake mix you have two easy options. 1. You can get one of those smaller boxes of cake mix that are designed to make an 8×8 cake or one layer of a 9 inch round cake. 2. You can just use a regular sized box, double this recipe, and make it in a 9×13 pan. Don’t stress yourself out over it, you can make it work.

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Place cake mix, melted butter, sour cream, and egg in a bowl.

Stir it up with a spoon until well mixed.

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Remember that you forgot to add your cinnamon so add that…

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Then stir some more.

It will be smooth but may have a few smallish lumpy loos in it. You can keep stirring until you get those out if you want to. I find I lack the desire to do so :)

It’ll all come out in the wash.

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

I got this as part of a set last year at Sam’s Club and I always get compliments on it. I paid $20 for an 8×8, 9×13, and loaf pan. I haven’t seen them since but I know to look around Christmas time now because that is usually when they come out with some pretty bakeware :)

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Drop the batter by spoonfuls into the cake pan and gently spread to even it out a bit.

Don’t eat this batter because it has a raw egg in it. However, if you disregard what I just said, and take your very life into your own hands, you’ll find that it is velvety smooth and has the most lovely taste :)

Place this in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes.

Ten minutes? Christy, that isn’t near enough time to cook a cake!

I know. We aren’t cooking it fully. We are just partially cooking it, then we are going to take it out of the oven and mess with it a bit, then put it back and let it finish cooking.

S’all good. Trust me :)

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and oats. 

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Stir that together a bit. I just toss it kinda with my hand.

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Alrighty, this is our cake after it has cooked for ten minutes.

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Top that with peach slices.

You can absolutely use fresh peaches in this recipe if you like. You can also use berries, apples, or any other fruit that you happen to have an abundance of.

I am using canned peaches for a very good reason : I had canned peaches.

I wanted to use fresh but I don’t have a peach tree so that would necessitate me going and buying peaches but since I’ve already bought these, there is no extra money to spend in using them. :)

Isn’t canned fruit a cool thing to be able to get? It is amazing when you think about all of the items available to us right now in the grocery stores that people in other parts of the world can’t even fathom.

When I was in Nicaragua visiting my sponsor child and his family, I asked his mother “Is there anything you want to ask me about where I live?”. She nodded and leaned in, looking very serious as she spoke. The translator said “I have heard that they sell beans in cans where you live. Is this true? Do people really buy beans in cans? What other things do they have in cans where you live?”. She found it so hard to believe that she had held off on actually doing so until one of those crazy Americans could confirm it.

Beans and rice are a staple in Nicaragua. They make this wonderful dish called Gallo Pinto with them. Many families live on nothing but this most days, and even then they only have one meal a day. They purchase their beans dried along with their rice and the thought of people actually buying beans in cans was something that just defied logic to her.

We have no idea how convenient our lives really are. I have a long winded train of thought in my mind right now with regards to this that I will spare you from :). You lucky Dawg.

Lets get back to cooking… ~clears throat~

Look how pretty that is! The beautiful thing about this is that, currently, one of those big cans of peaches contain just enough to cover the top and have a few slices left over for you to eat as your reward for being considerate enough to bake a cake for your family.

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Sprinkle your oat mixture all over the top.

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Then drizzle with the remaining melted butter.

Return to the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.

Simple Cinnamon Peach Kuchen


Cinnamon Peach Kuchen
For Cake
  • 1 box Jiffy yellow cake mix (or a box of cake mix that makes an 8x8 cake)*
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
For top:
  • 29 ounce can peaches, drained. Or 3-4 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats*
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  1. In medium mixing bowl, stir together with a spoon: cake mix, sour cream, egg, 4 tablespoons melted butter, and cinnamon until smooth.
  2. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray and spoon cake batter into it, gently spreading to cover bottom of dish. Bake at 350 for ten minutes.
  3. Remove partially cooked cake from oven and arrange peach slices over top. In a small bowl, stir together oats, remaining cinnamon, and sugar. Sprinkle over top of peaches. Drizzle top with remaining melted butter.
  4. Return to oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Marsha G. shared this with us yesterday and it really made me stop and think. Special thanks to Marsha for allowing me to share it today:

This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror
where one could read it every day..
You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received.. Forget about the rude remarks.

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  1. Vonnie says

    Great recipe Christy! It looks simple to make also. And speaking of something simple to make…Have you had any experience with making a mini pie in a canning jar lid? I’ve come across the “recipe” on Pinterest and I am thinking about trying it out before I introduce it to my students as part of their cooking unit.

  2. Julianne says

    What a cool, quick bread style version of peach kuchen! :)
    I think my husband would even like it – he likes cake style coffee cake.

    My Gramma would make kuchen- take sweet roll dough (yeast dough) and pat it out in an 8 x 8 pan,
    spread it with softened butter and sliced apples and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar,
    let it rise, then bake it.

    If she made peach kuchen, we would mix sour cream with brown sugar and cinnamon and spread THAT on top of thinly sliced peaches. Oh. My. STARS. I’m practically drooling now just thinkin’ on it. 😀
    SO GOOD!!!!! :) Great day, I’m gonna hafta make some kuchen soon.

    Husband is not a huge fan of yeast bread kuchen- he did not grow up with it.
    But Mommy and Daddy are visitin’ in a few weeks and I know they’d love some kuchen for breakfast while they’re here.
    I think I’ll make yours and Gramma’s. :)

  3. Carol Romeo says

    Made your “Christy Jordan’s Favorite Goulash” recipe for dinner last night. My two grandsons, ages 15 & 17, gobbled that down like a flash (me too). I’ve made goulash for years (who hasn’t), but this recipe with the addition of the corn and the paprika (I only used 1 tsp. just to be on the safe side with these boys) was just wonderful. Corn gave it a bit of sweetness to counteract the acidity in all the tomato items and the paprika gave it a bit of smokey flavor. Easy peasy and oh so great with a lettuce (freshly picked from our garden) and some fruit salad on the side too. You’re the best!! Thanks a bunch for helping me feed two very hungry and very athletic boys last night.

  4. Melanie Sullivan says

    Christy Jordan, I just love you. I love your blog, I love your recipes, I love hearing about your family and your friends and about your random thoughts. Southern Plate always makes me smile, often makes me cry, and never ceases to make me stop and thank the good Lord for putting wonderful people like you on the planet. Thank you for brightening up the lives of folks everywhere! And thank you for always reminding me to be nice! :)

  5. ELIZABETH says

    Hi Christy,I have every thing I need,will make this before my husband comes home. He will love it ,he loves peaches any way I served them and so do I.Thank you for another winner. God bless.

  6. Debbie says

    Yes, Thank God for cans! Some people wouldn’t know what to do without them!
    I remember my grandmother saying “It will all work out in the wash”, wonderful memories! Thanks!
    This cinnamon Peach Kuchen looks so good!!! Making me hungry! Love your recipes!

  7. Susan the farm quilter says

    I am going to make this for my church’s booth – the Pie and Kuchen Booth at our town’s yearly Deutchesfest!!! It will be different from the kuchen I have made for the booth in the past, but your recipe is much easier! I’m thinking that the recipe for 1 8×8 pan will make 2 9″ pie pans of kuchen!!! Thank you for sharing a slice of your life in Alabama with the rest of us. Your always positive outlook is such a great reminder to all of us that we have so very much in America that we have no reason to be Negative Nellies!! May the good Lord continue to bless you as you bless us!

  8. MARSHA G. says

    Christy another good recipe using on hand ingredients. Thank you!!! What would we do without canned goods? You peaked my interest on the Gallo Pinto so I had to look it up. I will make it soon as it would be a great cost cutter dinner. I loved your little note about eating the cake batter. I have always licked the bowl since forever it seems (I’m 58) when momma made a cake and my 18 year old daughter has always had cake batter and neither one of us has ever been sick. I have always thought that was the fun of making a cake was licking the bowl. I can tell from your post you’ve licked many a bowl also. Ain’t it fun!!!!!

  9. Patricia Alfrey says

    Christy – I cannot wait to try this recipe. It looks so yummy! My son-in-law had actually brought me a recipe for apple kuchen because someone had made one and brought it to work to share which he loved and wanted me to make for him. This recipe is so much simpler and I think probably tastier. I will make one for our Sunday family dinner this coming Sunday (if I can wait that long!). Also I absolutely love what Marsha shared with you and you shared with us. With permission from you I am going to print this off and hand out to all my coworkers and family. Thanks for all you do and share with us!

  10. Stacey Kirby says

    Christy, Hi!! This looks yummy! Actually, I wanted to tell you that the comment about your speaking at a retreat in this email attachment was the first I had heard about it. Have I been living under a rock? I would love to hear you speak at a retreat sometime and this one sounds just up my alley, but I already have that weekend booked. Are there any more engagements in your near future??

    Sincerely from your sister,

  11. Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner) says

    Well, bless your heart for using Jiffy mix. Believe it or not, Jiffy is a family-owned, multi-generational, company from just down the road from me up here in Michigan. Jiffy is in Chelsea, Michigan and we get to drive by them often. Something about you using a mix from up here makes me feel not so far from home.

    • says

      How cool! Do they have any type of thing y’all can visit there at the factory or anything? My mother always had little jiffy cake mixes growing up. They were 25 cents a box, and she’d make a round layer cake (single layer), then cut it in half and ice it like it was half of a two layer round cake :)

    • Paula B. says

      Jiffy is still very popular here, in New England. I love the cornbread! My grandmother who was a wonderful scratch baker often used a Jiffy mix, so I think of her when I see their distinctive boxes. Thanks for mentioning they are an American family company, still going strong!

  12. Joanne says

    This is one yummy looking dessert! I just baked a similar dessert with peaches, but used Duncan Hines Butter cake mix with pecans sprinkled on top, and used a larger baking pan. It was a hit with my family and friends.

  13. Diane Anderson says

    OMGOSH, Christy! ! I just made your Cinnamon Peach Kuchen!! It is absolutely the BEST peach dessert that I’ve ever tasted! I doubled your recipe to a 9×13 pan, as I had picked 60 lb. of fresh windfall peaches this morning, and I wanted to put a lot of the peaches in! LOL I also had to use a regular cake mix, as I don’t know where I could find the Jiffy Cake Mix. Thank you sooo much for posting this recipe!! I better stay out of the kitchen, as I’ve already taken one serving out of it to eat…. my hubby is not home, and I think he’d like to have some too! haha

  14. Paula B. says

    I will definitely be making this lovely cake very soon – for “the girls” when they come to play cards! However, the inspirational words beneath the recipe – “Wow!” – I have never read them before, and what an impact they made on me. I will be copying them down in a little notebook I keep with inspirational quotes. Thank you, as always, for such wonderful posts.

  15. Judi says

    Okay, my birthday is on the 17th and I like very unusual cake. I had asked the other readers if they had any ideas, but then I came in here to the cakes. So, two questions. 1) Do you have a quick and good recipe for pickled peaches? And 2) How do you think the combination of the pickled peaches (substitute them for regular peaches) would go in the Cinnamon Peach Kuchen? That sounds sooo good to me. I think the combination that includes the cloves would really pop! And that is what I like, something that when you taste it, you will always remember that first bite and wish you had that again right NOW!! My Mom still calls me the original rebel! Love her anyway!

  16. Su says

    Oh yum Christy, it’s a peach cake and peach crumble/crunch in one! I have to make this soon. I’m glad to know that it’s not too sweet.

    There was a comment someone else left about eating the cake batter and I know you’ve mentioned many times about raw eggs, etc and what’s interesting to me is that until I started reading US based blogs with recipes I never even heard about not eating raw yolk – not that most people would generally go around ingesting it as a meal. I even remember in school we learnt a couple of recipes and one was a banana smoothie recipe that required one entire raw egg. Perhaps though that will change here and I’ll start reading more warnings against raw egg due to the way so many of these egg laying chickens are raised and kept.

  17. Bev says

    My mom always made kuchen. She made hers with sweet bread and poked holes in it and then poured over a homemade pudding. Topped that with cherries (we had a cherry tree) and on top of the fruit she made crumbles topped with cinnamon/sugar. It was fabulous. I make it sometimes for my family. My parents were Germans who lived in Russia. They came to the US when they were very young.

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