nectarine-blackberry cake

July 26, 2012

in Cakes & Tea Cakes

If I could only pick one variety of stone fruit to enjoy all summer long, I’d choose nectarines. Last week’s trip to the farmers’ market yielded a basket full of gorgeous Honey Royale Nectarines. When I sliced into one later that evening, I was delighted to find that the super sweet fruit lived up to its name. To showcase the yellow slices in all their glory, I decided on a simple cake topped with nectarines and blackberries.

While this fluffy, almond-spiked cake may be effortless to prepare, it is unfailingly scrumptious when topped with fruit at its peak. Alternatively, try peaches in place of nectarines, or peaches with raspberries or blueberries… I can think of a number of equally tasty pairings. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or just enjoy a slice as is – and yes, I’d argue this cake can easily qualify as breakfast!

Nectarine-Blackberry Cake
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp almond extract
2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 large yellow nectarines, pitted and thinly sliced
1 cup blackberries
1 Tbsp turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium-low and add egg and almond extract; beat well. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture, beating just to combine. Add buttermilk, then finish with remaining flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared baking dish; smooth top with an offset spatula. Arrange nectarine slices and blackberries on top of batter in a single layer and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake an additional 20 minutes, until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Store leftovers loosely covered at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 16 squares (serving size: 1 square)
Calories – 150
Carbs – 24

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38 Comments

1 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 26, 2012

This cake is beautiful! I love how it’s loaded with fresh nectarines and blackberries!

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2 Jenn July 26, 2012

This is gorgeous Laura! Looks de-lish. Don’t you just love all this wonderful summer fruit?!

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3 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 26, 2012

Nectarines is definitely a favorite of mine too! And this cake looks absolutely gorgeous. I’m stuck at work, hungry as ever, and all I can think about is this cake now!

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4 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar July 26, 2012

Looks gorgeous! wonderful colour, it must be so creamy ;-)
I come from Pinterest, nice pics, I’m sure I’ll keep visiting you!

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5 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) July 26, 2012

This is gorgeous! and another fabulous way to use blackberries – thanks!

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6 Valerie July 26, 2012

There are not enough recipes that call for nectarines, this looks heavenly! What a great fruit combination. :D

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7 Amy (Savory Moments) July 26, 2012

I really love stone fruits mixed with berries. It is so summery! This cake looks fantastic!

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8 fabiola@notjustbaked July 26, 2012

Another beauty and super tasty looking too! I love the napkins with the poppies, they are so cute!

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9 Tutti Dolci July 26, 2012

Thanks Fabiola, the bright colors make me happy :).

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10 Liz July 26, 2012

Here you go again with a delectable fruit dessert! Gorgeous cake. I’m still dreaming about your brown butter scones <3

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11 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 26, 2012

What an amazing use of nectarines, and I love the blackberries with it!

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12 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking July 26, 2012

my favorite summer fruits are berries and peaches but i take one of these nectarine bars any day

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13 Suzanne Perazzini July 26, 2012

You’re right – this is a great base for all sorts of fruit combinations. The imagination can run wild and it would work for all seasons too.

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14 yumgoggle July 26, 2012

Love your delicious layers. Awesome presentation too…Truly, the eyes are the first tastebuds. I would definitely not let this recipe pass by without trying. I love nectarines =)

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15 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 26, 2012

I want a bite of this. It looks so good. I love nectarines and I’ve never met a blackberry that wasn’t a friend. Gorgeous photos too!

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16 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings July 26, 2012

You make the loveliest desserts, Laura! I love cake that has almonds in them + I love summer berries and stone fruits – so this is no-brainer for me. Have to make this before summer ends!

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17 Nami | Just One Cookbook July 27, 2012

Ughhh wrong time again! :D I’m about to go to bed but instead I came here to drool. You are a queen of fresh fruit dessert maker! I’m serious, you never let me down. It’s amazing how many delicious creations you made that make me drool like crazy. One thing I love about your dessert is that always look fresh and not so sweet and just the right kind of dessert I crave for. Another brilliant dessert again!

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18 megan @ whatmegansmaking July 27, 2012

What a unique idea for a cake! It sounds really good :)

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19 Patty July 27, 2012

Such a pretty cake! Both nectarines and blackberries are favorites of mine-they look so lovely baked into your fluffy cake-love all the flavors in the cake recipe;-)

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20 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } July 27, 2012

What a perfect summer cake! Loving all of the wonderful stone fruit this time of year. Hope you have a great weekend.

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21 Hannah July 27, 2012

Stunning, Laura! I adore nectarines and am happy to see them shine in your cake. I see some weekend baking coming up! Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday!

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22 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 27, 2012

I am with you on nectarines, Laura! Even the color say Summer to me! Love this cake – perfect treat for afternoon on the patio. Yum! Have a fabulous day!

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23 Deb July 27, 2012

I’m off to the Farmer’s Market this morning and hope to find sweet sunny nectarines. Your cake would be a scrumptious summer treat, if only I can keep the nectarines long enough for baking. They seem to magically disappear from the fruit bowl!

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24 Riley July 27, 2012

I love the combination of peaches and blackberries. I make a cobbler with these fruits, but this cake looks scrumptious!

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25 tanja|scookingcorner July 27, 2012

What a great combination of fruits! Love blackberries and nectarines, and combined in a cake it must be heavenly! Love your photos!!

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26 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles July 28, 2012

This is beautiful – I love the fruit combo with the almond!

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27 Suzanne July 28, 2012

This looks so pretty Laura. Great for a breakfast or brunch cake.

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28 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) July 28, 2012

Laura, this cake is so pretty–the blackberries and nectarines showcased so beautifully. Your cake ingredients tell me that this won’t be too sweet so the natural sweetness of the nectarines will shine. I really like this!

Such a pretty towel, too!

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29 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 28, 2012

You’re really making me look forward to stone fruit with these fantastic recipes Laura! :D

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30 Melanie @ Easy Recipes With Pictures July 28, 2012

I also love nectarines! This is a gorgeous cake! I’d love to have a slice with a cup of coffee!

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31 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers July 28, 2012

The colors are dancing in this cake. I love them! And I love the simplicity of your cake. I have to agree that nectarines are one of the best (perhaps the best) stone fruits.

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32 Gail July 28, 2012

We make “strawberry shortcake” with all kinds of fruit and different bases — this needs only whipped cream to qualify at our house! Can’t wait to try it!

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33 Lan | angry asian July 30, 2012

qualifies for breakfast, dessert, afternoon tea, late night/before bed snack. this looks so lovely.

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34 Lora @cakeduchess July 30, 2012

I am enjoying your blackberry desserts. I think it’s time for me to find some. I just found some amazingly ripe and sweet peaches and nectarines and have been baking with them. Lovely:)

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35 Baker Street July 30, 2012

Oh I’d pick nectarines too! And you paired it so well with blackberries! The cake looks absolutely divine. :)

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36 Terra August 1, 2012

I love how you think, it would be a perfect treat for breakfast! Your cake looks really delicious:-) I love living in the south this time of the year, peaches are so fun in everything:-) Beautiful! Hugs, Terra

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37 Isma August 9, 2012

Thank you for the recipe, it was so delicious !!! Isma

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38 Tutti Dolci August 9, 2012

So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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