White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

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White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

Gotta be honest with you: I don’t usually bake with fruit.

Have you noticed? Seriously, it’s not typically my bag. When you’re addicted to chocolate and peanut butter, fruit falls by the wayside. At least, it does in baked goods.

Now fruit on its own, raw, is a different animal entirely. And my number one favorite fruit of all time is the white nectarine. When perfectly ripe, it’s sweet and juicy and better than anything. I hate to do anything to them but eat them as they are. But every now and then, you get a less than amazing batch. Actually, more than that. So that’s when you bake them into cake!

White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

While pineapple upside-down cakes have never been a thing for me, I am a big fan of using other fruit. Pineapples can be saved for pureed, frosty drinks on tropical islands. You dig?

Man, it’s been a while since I’ve been to a tropical island. The last time was June of 2007. Kenny and I went to St. Lucia and he got completely addicted to pineapple daiquiris. He kept sipping and sipping, and then he suggested we have a baby. And the rest is history. It also explains why we haven’t taken a big vacation since 2007.

White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

See, I’m terrified of going on a plane with three small children. I see parents doing it (or bragging about doing it), their car seats strapped to their backs and endless luggage piled around them. Nope. Not for me. I fully admit to being a wuss when it comes to kids and travel, so I’m happy to wait a few more years for a pineapple daiquiri to come back into Kenny’s life.

White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

In the meantime, I’ll just have to get my warm-weather fix here in our nation’s capital. It’s plenty hot here, and there’ s fruit. So there you have it.

This cake is pretty easy to make with no mixer required. And you don’t have to peel the nectarines, nor do they have to be ripe. So really, there’s no excuse for you not to jump on this bandwagon now, especially because it’s a delicious place to be.

White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

Some upside-down cakes are made partly in a skillet, but I didn’t go that route because not everyone has skillets they can put into the oven. Can you tell I’m terrified of fire, even on behalf of everyone else? Instead, melted butter and brown sugar are mixed in the bottom of a cake pan, topped with the sliced fruit, and then covered in batter. Yes, my kids helped me with this one. It’s that simple.

And it’s a fantastic company dessert. I Β rarely have dinner gatherings these days, but I had one the night I made this, and it went over very well. Especially with vanilla ice cream on top. People had seconds. I had thirds after everyone left!

White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

There’s some amazing fruit around this time of year, but if it disappoints, stop eating it and turn it into cake. It’ll make a great picnic dessert, and everyone will be so impressed! You can use their compliments to hold you over until your next tropical vacation. Hope it’s soon!


White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake


Fruit Topping
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3-4 white nectarines, sliced
1 and 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup lime juice
2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Pour the melted butter into the cake pan. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the melted butter. Cover with the nectarine slices, being sure to get the fruit to cover as much as the bottom of the pan as possible. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Combine the melted butter with the two sugars and mix until incorporated. Add the egg, yogurt, milk, lime juice and vanilla, stirring until completely smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter on top of the fruit topping. Bake for 30-35 minutes until browned on top and set. You can test the cake with a toothpick to see if it's done.
  6. Cool for about 15 minutes. Invert carefully onto a plate.
  7. Serve at whatever temperature you desire, cut into wedges. Store covered. The cake is best on day one.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I’ve been wanting to make an upside down cake with something other than pineapple. This one looks so good! I can’t believe I’ve never had a nectarine… πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Never? But you live in CA, land of the best produce!! Dorothy, gotta change that up now. I’m for serious. πŸ™‚

  2. Danielle

    I love that you made an upside down cake with nectarines! I love pineapple upside down cake, but nectarines sound so much better. I’d bet this wouldn’t last long around me πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      It didn’t around me, Danielle! And there was no chocolate in it. Crazy!

  3. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Nectarines are one of my favourites too. And I’m with you on preferring to bake with chocolate and peanut butter rather than fruit. I’d rather just eat my fruit. But I DO have a less than stellar batch of peaches right now so I just may have to do some baking! πŸ™‚ This cake looks delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Stacey! Give it a shot. It’s not hard at all!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir!!! you need to bake with fruit more often!! I love this cake!!! and “he kept sipping and sipping, and then he suggested we have a baby.” I almost spit out my water because I swear this is how my second niece was conceived. . only it was Hawaii and mai tai’s. . πŸ™‚ and hey, you know what? Don’t sweat the traveling. . go when you’re ready and when the kids are a little older. . but it is possible. . I used to travel a ton with my girls SOLO b/c I would take them back and forth to Texas to see their grandparents. . it wasn’t easy sometimes but it’s doable. . and on the hard flights, there was always some kind soul who helped me (instead of giving me dirty looks if one of the girls was crying). and if you’re able to travel with Kenny, it would seriously be a piece of white nectarine upside down cake. πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      That’s how so many babies are conceived, I’m betting. We should all swear off the drink in our childbearing years. I give you MAD props for travelling alone with your girls. I just cannot. Total wimp. And those strangers who give dirty looks should have a special circle in hell. Kind strangers are so much better!

  5. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    I love upside down cake, but I have never tried with Nectarine yet. This one looks so inviting. And now after seeing this, I can’t resist more. SO I will be making this very soon! Thanks for this lovely share:)
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    1. Mir

      My pleasure, Anu! Nectarines are the best, really. I feel strongly about this. πŸ™‚

  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This cake looks gorgeous, Mir! Nectarines are such an underrated fruit in my opinion. I’m loving that you made an upside down cake with this fruit. It looks so moist and flavorful. Delish!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! Nectarines are SO underrated. You speak truth!

  7. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I totally feel you. Why bake with fruit when you can bake with chocolate and peanut butter haha. But, a fruit cake like this one can really hit the spot.

    I used to make pineapple upside down cake with my grandma, but I haven’t had it with nectarines before.
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    1. Mir

      Every now and then we can do it, Dannii! But yep, PB and chocolate most of the time is my way.

  8. Ali

    Hi Mir,

    I’ve been on the hunt for something to bake with peaches or nectarines (that isn’t a pie) and this looks like the answer! I can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      I’m so glad, Ali! I hope it turns out well for you! Let me know if you have any questions!

  9. Sam @ SugarSpunRun

    I’m the same as you regarding fruit in my dessert but this looks like something I’d love! White nectarine upside-down cake just sounds so good!
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    1. Mir

      It worked great, Sam! As a fellow non-fruit dessert person, I’d recommend this one!

  10. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Pineapple upside down cake reminds me of my Grandmother, while I adore her and the woman CAN bake a mean cake- it has never been one of my favorites. So I totally “dig” what you are saying. Now this deliciousness you have going on here? Different story, for sure. I can’t wait to give it a try! Cheers and thanks for sharing!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Cheyanne! My grandmother also baked some really good things that weren’t necessarily my fave. So now I get to do it my own way! Hope you enjoy doing the same thing!

  11. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Baking with fruit is awesome because of its natural sweetness! I love white nectarines and this cake looks delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Mir

      Pretty much, Medha! I’m glad we agree. πŸ™‚

  12. Harriet Emily

    Beautiful cake Mir! Nectarines are my favourite too – but I’m always torn between the white and yellow fleshed ones. I’ve never tried using nectarines in an upside down cake before, but it sounds like a great idea, this looks really delicious!
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    1. Mir

      The yellow ones are tarter, and therefore not as big in my world. I like the sweet stuff, Harriet Emily!

  13. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorite cakes, actually I love fruit-y desserts! so want to grab a piece of this nectarine cake right now!
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    1. Mir

      I’m glad you like the pineapple kind, Manali! After all, it’s popular for a reason. I just need to switch it up sometimes!

  14. mira

    I rarely have success with baked fruit desserts, but this is something I would like to try! Looks delicious Mir!
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    1. Mir

      You’ll have success with this one, Mira. I promise!

  15. Jasline (Foodie Baker)

    Hi Mir! I’m always finishing up the fruits before they have the chance to end up in bakes, unless they are ripening so fast that I can’t finish them in time (which is hardly the case haha). This nectarine cake looks amazing! We see a lot of stone fruits at the market here too and I’m gonna stock up this weekend, hopefully some will end up in a delicious cake like yours!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jasline! I have the opposite problem. I’m slow eating everything, and fruits/veggies are no exception. My husband jokes that it takes me months to get through a box of chocolate!

  16. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Nectarines are probably my favorite summer fruit. Love that you made an upside down cake with them!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Christin! They’re my absolute favorite. What is better than a sweet nectarine?

  17. Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

    I made an upside down nectarine cake once, and it was amazing. Yours looks super tasty!!
    Also, I totally agree with you. I could never get on board with pineapple upside down cakes..
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    1. Mir

      I’m so glad I’m not alone, Cathleen! I dunno. They just never did it for me!

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