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Easy Summer Peach Cake is made easy with a box cake and gelatin, topped with a cream cheese frosting.  Serve with a side of homemade peach ice cream for the perfect summer dessert for barbecue season!

piece of peach cake

If you enjoy baking summer treats, then this cake is for you. Fresh fruits are in abundance during the summer. They are perfect in pies and cakes. Peaches are an enduring summer fruit. You can use them to make homemade peach ice cream or an easy Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler. And they are perfect in this summery peach cake recipe. 

This is an incredibly easy cake to make, since it’s “semi-homemade.” Which is what makes it so perfect for summer. You get a delicious cake without spending too much time sweating in the kitchen!

You will need a box cake mix, plus some peach gelatin to give it flavor. Intensify that peach flavor by using a second box of gelatin.

The best thing about this cake, though, is all the chunks of peaches. They add a lot of moisture, plus there’s just something about the different texture fruit can give to a cake.

Easy Summer Peach Cake

To make the peach cake you will need:

  • White cake mix
  • Instant peach gelatin
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter, melted
  • Fresh or canned diced peaches

If you only have cake mix, butter and canned peaches check out our Easy 3 Ingredient Crock Pot Peach Cobbler with Cake Mix ! It’s so easy and delicious to make. 

The cake is baked in a 9 x 13 baking pan. You could also make it into 2, 8″ rounds and stack them on top of each other. 

How much exactly is 2 diced peaches? About a cup of peaches. If you use canned peaches, make sure to drain them first so they don’t add any extra liquid to the cake batter. 

A slice of Peach cake


The cake is topped with a basic cream cheese frosting flavored with peach juice or gelatin. To make the peach cream cheese frosting you will need: 

  • Cream cheese, room temperature
  • Butter, room temperature
  • White sugar
  • Peach juice, peach liquor or  instant peach gelatin

You may notice that it is made with white sugar instead of powdered sugar. You can pulse it in a food processor if you want, but honestly, it’s fine as is.

As you’re mixing and tasting, the frosting will seem a little grainy. After it sits for a bit, though, the sugar dissolves and it’s just like a regular frosting. The butter is optional, but  it gives it a nice, thick texture. It still tastes wonderful without the butter, though, and you can omit it.

This cake is wonderful. It has a light taste and it’s so fluffy and moist. People won’t believe it’s not homemade. 😉


close up of a piece of peach cake

Easy Summer Peach Cake

Easy Summer Peach Cake

Easy Summer Peach Cake is made easy with a box cake and gelatin, topped with a cream cheese frosting. The perfect summer dessert for barbecue season!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 oz) package instant peach gelatin
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2-3 peaches, peeled and diced or a can of diced peaches

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons peach juice, peach liquor or 1 (3.5 oz) instant peach gelatin


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the white cake mix and peach gelatin.
  3. With a hand mixer, blend in the milk and then each egg.
  4. Add the melted butter and blend until well-combined.
  5. Fold in the diced peaches.
  6. Pour the batter into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool in the dish. While the cake is cooling, let your cream cheese and butter soften on the counter.
  8. Once they've reached room temperature, blend the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the sugar, blend until well-combined.
  9. If you want to add more peach flavor, you can add peach juice, peach liquor, or another package of gelatin to the frosting.
  10. Once the cake is cool to the touch, spread the frosting over it.
  11. Serve and enjoy!


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  • Susan Schilling
    June 20, 2019

    Made this great cake diabetic friendly. Used pillsbury sugar free cake mix, sugar free jello and almond milk. Turned out great. Thanks for the post!!!
    Susan Schilling

    • Camille
      June 21, 2019

      That’s great! I’m so glad you were able to make it work.

  • Kathryn Griffin
    May 13, 2015

    This looks so good! Love anything with peaches!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features this week at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Hope you have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  • JESS
    May 8, 2015

    Yummy! Sounds so refreshing, totally pinning! Have a great week 🙂 xo

  • Jennifer Dawn
    May 6, 2015

    This looks and sounds amazing! I love peach desserts!

  • Theresa
    May 5, 2015

    Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon. Have a great rest of your week!

  • Karly
    May 3, 2015

    This just screams summer! What a great summer dessert! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    • Camille
      May 4, 2015

      Thanks for hosting, Karly! Bring on summer!

  • Jamie
    May 2, 2015

    Peaches are my favorite summer fruit! I love how easy this cake is! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays – pinned and scheduled a Facebook share!

    • Camille
      May 4, 2015

      Thanks so much for the love, Jamie!

  • Kirsten
    May 2, 2015

    This cake looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it this summer. Pinning it for later!

    • Camille
      May 4, 2015

      Thanks, Kristen! I can’t wait for peach season!

    • Camille
      May 4, 2015

      Thanks, Kristen! It’d be great for a potluck, too.

  • Rhonda Gales
    May 2, 2015

    I’m loving your recipes. This is perfect for a summer BBQ or when you want a light meal and dessert. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best. I hope you will party with us again.

  • Echo
    May 2, 2015

    I love peaches in the summer! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  • Anna busby
    May 2, 2015

    oh my ! this looks absolutely amazing ! perfect summery cake . I’m going to definitely attempt this ! do you think it would work with dairy free butter? following you on twitter now #allaboutyou

    • Camille
      May 4, 2015

      Hmmmm, Anna. I’m not sure. I’ve never used dairy free butter, but maybe subbing an oil for the butter? I do that often and it seems to work fine. Baked goods can be so finicky!

  • Kim
    May 1, 2015

    It looks amazing and summery! I need to put this on my recipe bucket list. Thanks so much for sharing. 😉 Visiting from The Pretty Pintastic Party.

  • Jessy
    May 1, 2015

    This definitely makes me excited for when peach season starts here in Western NY (I have a couple months 🙁 ) Can’t wait to try this!

    I stopped by from The Weekend Retreat.

  • Kim
    April 29, 2015

    Oh my yummy summer goodness! To me, summer is not summer without peaches. I have never had a peach cake, but this sounds wonderful! We would love for you to share with us at Party in Your PJs, our weekly link party.

  • Liz
    April 20, 2015

    Love peach so I know this will be good. Thank you.

    • Camille
      April 22, 2015

      Hi Liz! Peach season is my favorite!

  • sprinkleandglitter
    April 18, 2015

    wow, this cake looks absolutely heavenly! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

    • Camille
      April 19, 2015

      Enjoy! It’s perfect for summer picnics and potlucks!