Nectarine-Blueberry Pantry Cake

l’m not sure if I’m the only one who likes to bake cakes in the dog days of Summer,  but when I get up early to hit the farmers market and arrive home with a bag of perfectly ripe nectarines I have this thing where I just want to put them in a cake.  Of course, I’m happy to eat a few sweet raw slices that are left on my cutting board. I don’t, however want to bake an elaborate cake, just a simple one in a square pan-loaded with nectarine slices and blueberries.  I happened to have a jar of nectarine plum preserves, a gift from Gina-the jam lady, that I was dying to consume in a bigger way than just by spooning some on toast, although that is really a good way to enjoy Gina’s homemade preserves.  After making a simple yellow cake batter and then loading the top with part of my farmers market haul, the idea of slathering on more sweetness in the form of preserves plus a  cinnamon sugar mixture just spoke to me.  It’s probably gilding the lily but a scoop of vanilla ice cream would turn this humble coffee cake into a wonderful Summertime dessert, for those of us who aren’t afraid to turn on our ovens and really heat things up in the month of August!


Nectarine-Blueberry Pantry Cake

Yield: 8-10

Adapted from King Arthurs Flour.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 firm ripe nectarines, cut in half, pit removed and sliced in 1/4" slices
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup nectarine plum preserves or whatever kind of preserves you have on hand
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for cinnamon/sugar mixture
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, for cinnamon/sugar mixture

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Grease an 8" square pan
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the butter, sugar, baking powder and salt until smooth, a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, beating until combined.
  5. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  6. Add the flour, mixing on low speed until smooth.
  7. Evenly spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  8. Place the nectarine slices on top and use the blueberries to fill in any gaps where the batter isn't covered with nectarine slices.
  9. Make the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  10. Spread the preserves evenly over fruit topping, followed sprinkling on the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the preserves.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes and the cake is a light golden brown.
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  1. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I do love to bake all summer long and especially wonderful fruit cakes like this. I bet Gina’s jam is fantastic! Love this nectarine-blueberry combo:)xx

  2. What a pretty cake, Patty! I love the preserve topping – a fantastic idea! :)

  3. Love everything about this dessert or wait breakfast ha ha, I could eat it anytime!!

  4. Oh my goodness – this is the last food I see before going to bed tonight and I started to drool. Haha, I think it’s ironic that summer fruits are perfect for baking and that means you need to turn on the oven and endure some heat. But no one can resist the delicious berries and nectarines/peaches. These are my summer favorites. Your cake looks so delicious, Patty!

  5. oh this is such a home-y cake!! i can imagine it on a sunday..as a dessert or at tea..full of fruit.. and a scoop of ice-cream!! everyone’s gonna love it!!

  6. I don’t care about the heat when it comes to baking. Too many delicious summer ingredients not to! This looks wonderful.

  7. I wish I had that beautiful piece of your nectarine-blueberry cake right now! I would go so well with my morning coffee. Love the easy recipe, as well! Another winner!
    Have a wonderful and peaceful Sunday! xo

  8. Oh yum! What great fruit combination for a lovely cake!

  9. A lovely pantry cake, Patty. I love sweet treats packed full of seasonal produce.

  10. That looks like a bite of summer that would be welcome any time.

  11. I probably should be more controlled with baking in the summer months but I ‘m not! It’s therapy for me and I love seeing the smiles from family and friends. Your cake looks wonderful, Patty – so simple yet perfect for a summer evening on the porch!

  12. I absolutely the colors, the ingredients and the simplicity of your cake. This is something like what I would enjoy at home.

  13. i”ll bake cake any time of the year! that’s how much i love sweets! never mind the oven – i’ll crank up the A/C instead! Hahaha! Seriously, this cake is eye candy! just delightful and perfect for summer…not too “heavy”

  14. What a glorious cake, Patty! I love the combo of blueberries and nectarines…mmmmm. With the size of our household dwindling, I need to make more of these small batch recipes…and this is perfect~

  15. I’m definitely down to bake anytime, any season. This nectarine blueberry pantry cake looks absolutely perfect. I love how it’s so simple and rustic, yet elegant.

  16. I love baking year round, but during the summer month baking with fresh fruit is definitely a favorite.
    This easy cake sounds delicious, love the fresh nectarine slices beautifully arranged on top of the cake. combined perfectly with the dark colored blueberries

  17. Wow, that’s gorgeous and easy! I love that this can be adapted to whatever fruit and preserves I happen to have in the house.

  18. Wow Patty your blog is so beautiful! It was wonderful meeting you today. I hope we get to meet again, would so love to bake with you, especially if I get to taste something like this nectarine coffee cake!

  19. Woo hoo, I can bake this soon. They fixed my a/c tonight. I would bake if it was 120 degrees outside, but then again I have issues. I’m so glad we got to hang out and of course do our favorite thing today (eat). It was fun and it was such a great group. I don’t think adding a scoop of ice cream would be gilding the lily at all.
    -Gina-

  20. All that fruit – this is totally my kind of dessert! It looks divine, and this is a recipe I’d really love to try.

  21. Patty, this looks divine! Love the cake, and I would love it with my morning coffee. Beautiful post!

  22. This cake looks gorgeous, Patty!! My kind of cake…something wonderful for when you get the munchies!

  23. Patty – a love the simplicity of this cake! It is so great that you call Gina – The jam lady, since that is so fitting for her and she has such a nack for it. I have guests coming next week and this might just have to be the dessert. If not for them, then I will make it over the long weekend. Hope you are doing well and would love to get together soon and catch up!

  24. What a gorgeous looking cake – just the kind of cake that I personnaly love.

  25. My flat stays relatively cool during the summer so I don’t mind baking. But the last week it has been 100 and just under, with no air conditioner that means the oven has to stay off. I love your cake Patty! All that fresh and seasonal fruit look delicious. Thanks for sharing:)

  26. I am not sure I would use the word humble here…more like delightful! I bet those preserves from Gina really added a special touch! Looks like something I would just love with my coffee :)

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