The idea started with apricot. Putting the idea in to motion was easy. A list was made, a short drive taken, and a cart pushed around the store. The plan had a small flaw. It depended on the availability of a key ingredient and the bin was completely empty. Tossing out the idea didn’t seem the thing to do. A simple switch to another stone fruit was the answer. A nectarine upside-down cake was soon baked. It filled my home with the lovely scent of cinnamon and fruit on a rainy day. It was a wonderful way to see, smell, touch, and taste an idea from beginning to end.
The cake is inspired by Sara Moulton. I know I’m not the only one who has been inspired by her through her television shows, cookbooks, and recipes. She followed her passion and became incredibly successful. What is even better is her willingness to share her secrets to success with others. She is a keynote speaker at the Food and Wine Conference and I can’t wait to see her show how give the perfect cooking demonstration. Look below for more Sara Moulton inspired recipes.
Fresh fruit is a key ingredient in Nectarine Upside-Down Cake. It is hands-down better than the old pineapple version with canned fruit. Fortunately, it is easily adaptable. Substitute with other stone fruit or perhaps any other fruit too. The batter is mixed in a food processor. It’s the second cake I’ve made with that method. The other is a quadruple chocolate loaf cake. I like the change up from using a mixer. The result is a single-layer fruit topped cake flavored with warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.
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- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided and softened
- 3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
- 5 medium nectarines, pitted and each cut into 8 slices
- 1½ cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup milk, at room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the sides only of an 8-inch square cake pan.
- Stir together 2 tablespoons butter, light brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly over the bottom of the cake pan.
- Arrange the nectarine slices in rows over the brown sugar mixture in the pan.
- Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl.
- Add the remaining 6 tablespoons butter and sugar to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Process until fluffy.
- Add the eggs and remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla. Process until combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed.
- Add the flour mixture and milk. Pulse 2 to 3 times or until flour is moistened. The batter does not have to be completely smooth.
- Spoon and spread the batter evenly over the nectarine slices.
- Bake until the center springs back with gently pressed, about 40 to 45 minutes.
- Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
- Use a knife to loosen the edges of the cake from the pan. Invert the cake to a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from one on the Sara Moulton website.
Here are more recipes inspired by Sara Moulton. Some of the bloggers are also hosting a giveaway for Sara’s cookbook. Visit each one to read about their inspiration and for more chances to win:
Breakfast for Dinner:
- Open-faced Zucchini Omelet with Red Bell Pepper and Feta by Granny’s Down Home Sassy Southern Cooking
- Chocolate French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Sauce by Daily Dish Recipes
- Polenta Lasagne by Blueberries and Blessings
- Spicy Korean Cheesesteak by Kimchi MOM
- Chorizo Mushroom Bites by La Cocina de Leslie
- Roasted Ratatouille Crêpes with Goat Cheese by Healthy.Delicious.
- Grilled Chicken and Veggie Pizza by Runner’s Tales
- Clay Pot Vegetable Stew by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Grilled Reuben Pizza by Juanita’s Cocina
- Vegetarian Greek Stuffed Zucchini by The Messy Baker Blog
- Manchego, Fig and Bacon Flatbreads by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Kimchi Fried Rice by girlichef
- Gluten Free Mozzarella Pesto Pizza by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Peppery Broccoli with Feta Cheese and Angel Hair Pasta by Hip Foodie Mom
- Chicken Artichoke Piccata by Sustainable Dad
- Reuben Tortilla Pinwheels by Home Cooking Memories
- Deli Style Turkey Reuben Pizza by In The Kitchen with KP
- Grilled Mahi Mahi with Garlic Caper Sauce by Family Foodie
Spectacular Sides and Salads:
- Curried Peas and Black Beans by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chopped Salad with Feta, Chickpeas, and Pita Croutons by Supper for a Steal
- A Summer Salad from Paris by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Caprese Salad with Avocado by Ruffles & Truffles
Don’t Skip Desserts and Drinks:
- Three-Ingredient Pluot Crisp by Shockingly Delicious
- Stuffed Strawberry Dessert by Growing Up Gabel
- Vegan Chocolate Peanut-Butter No Bake Cookies by Killer Bunnies
- Warm Chocolate Cheesecake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Turkish Pistachio and Apricot Bread by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade by The Urban Mrs.
- Blueberry Crepes by Basic N Delicious
- Nectarine Upside-Down Cake by Magnolia Days
- Cannoli Strawberries by Foxes Love Lemons
- Gluten-Free Carrot Cupcakes by Ninja Baking
- Watermelon Basil Lemonade by Curious Cuisiniere
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