Grilled Peach and Serrano Chili Upside-Down Cake with Strawberry

Grilled Peach and Serrano Chili Upside-Down Cake by Cakewalker

My girl Kim of Kiss My Smoke extended a wonderful invitation to guest post over at her place. If you’re not familiar with her, you’ll quickly come to love her wit, and you’ll definitely see she holds her own as a grilling maven. Showcasing a broad spectrum of things from grilling to barbecue, you’ll find plenty of taste-tempting choices from the main dishes, sides, rubs and sauce recipes she shares.

Mise en place by Cakewalker

I’m thrilled to share with you a dessert recipe which can be completely prepared outdoors―a cake baked on the grill! The classic upside-down cake gets a California cuisine twist with vibrant sweet and savory flavor profiles.

Weber grill temperature gauge

Please join me at KISS MY SMOKE for the recipe, and my reflection on some of the things I’ve picked up along the way as a stay-at-home dad. So preheat your grill to 350°, and let’s get baking.

See you there!


Grilled Peach and Serrano Chili Upside-Down Cake with Strawberry from Cakewalker


  1. This is definitely one gorgeous dessert.

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I am so impressed, Brooks. Heading to Kim’s to see how you did this beautiful thing!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Stacy, I hope you’ll give the recipe a try! Thank you for the compliment, my friend.

  3. Fabulous, Brooks, just fabulous! Can this be made indoors, too?

    • Brooks Walker says

      You betcha, Jamie. You can use the same skillet, baked in the oven and at the same temperature. You may also use a 9X2 or 10×2 regular cake pan (round or square). The key is making sure the pan sides are at least 2 inches high. If using the 9×2, you might not need to use all of the batter as you’ll want to leave some head room for the cake to rise, and consider spritzing the cake pan with a non-stick spray. I’d love to hear back if you give it a go, and thank you for the compliment!

  4. I absolutely love your California twist on a classic upside down cake. So happy that I discovered your blog…great recipes!

  5. Grilled peach on an upside-down cake! Amazing idea, looks delicious too!
    Have a nice week 🙂

  6. I have never grilled a cake before. Can’t wait to head over to Kim’s to find out what the heck you did to get such a gorgeous cake!!

  7. I love Kim. . met her in Miami at BlogHer Food and love this upside down cake! heading over now to check out the recipe!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Hi Alice, it’s great to have you here. Thanks for the comment, and you’re right, Kim is good people!

  8. So glad to see you hooked up with my gal pal and grilled a spectacular dessert! The look of those luscious peach juices soaked into the cake are making my mouth water! YUM.

  9. Brooks, I love the California twist on this cake and baking on the outdoor grill …. only a Dad would think of that! Thanks for sharing. I’m heading over to Kim’s to check out the recipe.

  10. Never grilled a cake before until now! You have inspired us to try this one, thank for the recipe!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Go for it, Anna & Liz! You’ll love baking outdoors, and it’s great to have you here.

  11. Brooks, I don’t have much grilling experience, but this is something I want to try as soon as I get a new grill. Might not be able to wait – might have to make this on a friend’s grill!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Jean, remember to use the indirect heat method, and use a temperature gauge to keep tabs on the internal heat. Best wishes, my friend!

  12. The smoke in this that I like comes fro the serrano! GREG

    • Brooks Walker says

      The Serrano pepper plays so nicely with the peach and caramel. Thanks for visiting, Greg!

  13. What a cake! I enjoy each element of this cake and what it brings to the table. What a unique sensation each bite must be!

  14. At the risk of dating myself, this is one heck-of-an update to the pineapple upside-down cake of the 1970’s! My Mom used to make that for us and I remember the delicious chewy caramel created by the sugars beneath the fruit. Peaches, serrano chili and strawberry is a very sophisticated combination and I can’t wait to read about it in your guest post.

    • Brooks Walker says

      Thanks, Eva! Your description sure nailed the magic that is the upside-down cake. I hope you’ll give this version a try.

  15. YUM! Peaches are so delicious! Love this recipe!

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