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Nectarine Upside-Down Cake for #SundaySupper

Nectarine Upside-Down Cake | Magnolia Days

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.

Nectarine Upside-Down Cake | Magnolia Days

Would you like to win a Sara Moulton cookbook? I am giving away a copy of Sara’s Everyday Family Dinners cookbook. All you have to do is comment on how Sara Moulton has inspired you. Entries will be assigned a number and the winner selected using The winner will be notified by email. If the winner does not respond in 48 hours an alternate winner will be selected. Contest ends on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Contest is only for United States citizens, with a US shipping address, and over the age of 18. There are several more chances to win the cookbook on fellow Sunday Supper blogs. Entrants can only win one cookbook via this Sunday Supper event.

You can purchase the cookbook. All you have to do is click on the photo of the cookbook to go to Amazon (affiliate link):

Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

A recipe for a cake made with fresh nectarines and flavored with cinnamon. It is baked with fresh fruit on the bottom and then turned upside-down to serve.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Renee


  • 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
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk at room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the sides only of an 8-inch square cake pan.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrange the nectarine slices in rows over the brown sugar mixture in the pan.
  4. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  5. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons butter and sugar to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Process until fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs and remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla. Process until combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed.
  7. 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.
  8. Spoon and spread the batter evenly over the nectarine slices.
  9. Bake until the center springs back with gently pressed, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  10. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  11. 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 Notes

A recipe for a cake made with fresh nectarines and flavored with cinnamon. It is baked with fresh fruit on the bottom and then turned upside-down to serve.

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:

Family Dinners:

Spectacular Sides and Salads:

Don’t Skip Desserts and Drinks:

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Disclosures: This post contains affiliate links. I received a copy of Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners cookbook at no charge and was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or within a guest post.

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Tuesday 29th of April 2014

Where's the milk? How much?? I used buttermilk and a little more Han half a cup. Will see how it goes!


Wednesday 30th of April 2014

It is a 1/4 cup of milk and I have updated the recipe to include it in the ingredient list. Thanks so much for letting me know so I could fix it.


Friday 12th of July 2013

Renee, so glad you stopped by and added this to the collection. I hope to see you again soon. Cheers


Thursday 11th of July 2013

Lovely work, Renee! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday over at Carole's Chatter which is creating a collection of recipes using apricots or nectarines? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers


Saturday 13th of July 2013

Thanks you Carole! I did go by and link up with your Food and Friday post. I appreciate the invite.

Nancy @ gottagetbaked

Tuesday 9th of July 2013

Way to roll with the punches, Renee! Seriously, I think this cake would taste amazing with any stone fruit but good call on the nectarines (one of my faves). This looks so delicious. I love simple cakes like these where the main ingredients are allowed to shine.


Saturday 13th of July 2013

Thanks Nancy. I won't let an empty bin get in the way of me baking a yummy cake.

Trish @infinebalance

Tuesday 9th of July 2013

I love upside down cake and apricots would be so good here! I remember watching Sara on TV all the time. Her shows definitely inspired me and taught me so much about food. It's a shame that food tv is not like that anymore. I suppose that is what bloggers are for :)


Saturday 13th of July 2013

Things certainly have changed with food tv over the years. I'm not a big fan of all the contest shows and such that are on these days. I prefer the regular cooking segments.