Peaches are one of my absolute favorite summer fruits. I remember as a kid going out with my grandfather to the orchard to pick fresh peaches. We’d bring a basket of peaches back, and my grandmother would make peach cobbler…which is still one of my favorite desserts to this day! Even when I grew older and moved to Atlanta, I would still go in search of South Carolina freestone peaches. I know some people are thinking…wait, isn’t Georgia the Peach State? Well it is, but South Carolina peaches are just better in my opinion. (Of course, maybe the memories of picking peaches with my grandfather creates a bit of bias here!)
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to try Smirnoff Ice’s new seasonal drink: the Peach Bellini. How appropriate since I love peaches! My mind immediately started racing with all of the cool ways to use this drink in a recipe. Pound cake is another childhood favorite of mine, so I decided to combine these and create a Peach Bellini Pound Cake. I was a bit nervous as I had never made this type of cake before…but it worked out great! The cake was light (for a pound cake, that is) and it had a wonderful undertone of peach flavor. I also finished the cake with a glaze made out of the remaining Peach Bellini cocktail (I just couldn’t waste any!).
My wife and I shared a piece of the Peach Bellini Pound Cake for dessert, and then she took most of the leftovers in to work the next day. (I might have stashed an extra piece away when she wasn’t looking!) Now all of her coworkers are hooked on this cake, too. This is an incredibly easy recipe to make, and it’s the perfect dessert to bring to a Memorial Day picnic! For another pound cake idea, try the Homemade Vanilla Pound Cake with Seared Pineapple and Honey Sauce, too!
Disclosure: I was provided samples of Smirnoff Ice Peach Bellini at no cost, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own.