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Two Peas and Their Pod: Plum Nectarine Buttermilk Cake

Monday, August 03, 2009

Plum Nectarine Buttermilk Cake

I am sure most of you have seen or even baked the fabulous Raspberry Buttermilk Cake from Gourmet. When I saw the recipe I immediately added it to my "must" bake list. I love baking with buttermilk and fresh fruit desserts are so good right now.

I didn't have any raspberries, but I did have a drawer full of plums and nectarines. I decided to try those instead. I loved the color contrast of the two fruits. This cake is simple to throw together and doesn't take long to bake. You don't have to worry about frosting either. The fruit and sugary crust adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

I can't wait to try this cake with other summer fruits. The possibilities are endless!

Plum Nectarine Buttermilk Cake
Adapted from Gourmet

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk

Plums and nectarines, chopped (I used a mix of the 2 fruits-to equal 1 1/4 cups)

Turbinado sugar (I added this)

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat well.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.

Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter chopped plums and nectarines evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar. I also used a little Turbinado sugar. Just sprinkle some over the cake if you wish. It gave it a nice extra sugary crunch.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate.

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Blogger Erica said...

mmm sounds so yummy- loving all these recipes with the fresh fruit :) I am not a big frosting person so this sound like my kind of cake.

You're right- our Josh's do seem similar!! Josh left just two pieces of key lime bar for me to freeze. I told him to share some with a friend he had coming over last night and he said no haha

5:32 AM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

What a great adaptation! I love this recipe. The addition of the raw sugar is brilliant!

5:42 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great summer cake. I love adding buttermilk to baked goods.

5:49 AM  
Blogger Mac Daddy said...

This is a beautiful treat!!! Perfect for any summer day :) Great combo too, plums and nectarines, yummy!!!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

What a beautiful summer time cake. That looks decadent!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I've been eying that raspberry cake, but the plum and nectarine version sounds incredible as well. It's so great to know that this cake adapts well to other fruit. Thanks!

6:25 AM  
Blogger kat said...

It does look so good & simple too

6:28 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Looks delicious! I think I'd call this a coffeecake and serve it for breakfast. Maybe this weekend!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That cake must taste really good!



6:41 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow! This looks so amazing! I am swimming in blackberries, so I might have to try them in here. This is getting made TODAY!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

awesome idea of subbing plums and nectarines! I have peaches and apples at home...I bet those would be good too.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

Looks really tasty especially for a summer treat. I love cakes with fresh fruit.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Yum, and what a versatile cake!

8:09 AM  
Blogger veron said...

I'm all for versatility. have not tried this yet but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. Looks delicious!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

This looks so good. I love baking with buttermilk too. Seems like anytime you use it or sour cream, it turns out to be an excellent dessert.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

My mouth instantly started watering when I saw the first photo. What a beautiful cake.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I love cakes with buttermilk in it. This looks like a good recipe and the first photo is drop dead good looking!

9:38 AM  
Blogger ♥Deeba @Passionate About Baking♥ said...

Looks gorgeous Marie. Buttermilk in bakes makes them ever so light! This cake is YUM!!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Yum, this looks awesome. I'd love a slice. I think I've made something similar but not this recipe. I've got a bit more blackberries I'm gonna use 'em up in this. Thanks!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Ohh that looks wonderful I love baking with buttermilk!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I baked Gourmet's raspberry buttermilk cake shortly ago! sooo olovely but I can just imagine how it is with the plums and nectarines!!! It looks gorgeous!!! Love your fruit choices and the use of raw sugar! :)

10:25 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

This looks delicious!! I am definately going to have to try it out. The color is just beautiful. Vanessa :)

10:40 AM  
Blogger Country Cookin' Mama said...

Sounds yummy! We'll be getting lots of raspberries soon so I'll have to try it with the raspberries! Yum!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

that looks wonderful!!!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Maria- This looks acbsolutely fabulous! I want to dive right in! :)

10:53 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

That's such a cute cake!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Love the change you made. Wish I had a piece.

11:21 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Beautiful cake - so perfect for summer!! And I love your fruit swaps!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

i've definitely come across a few of these, but yours looks particularly moist and i LOVE the colors provided by the fruits you used. lovely.

12:12 PM  
Blogger stephchows said...

mmmmmmm love your addition. I need to print this!

12:23 PM  
Blogger pigpigscorner said...

I love cakes with buttermilk, so moist and flavourful!

1:45 PM  
Blogger ttfn300 said...

that looks absolutely divine!!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Marthe said...

This looks gorgeous!! I'd like a piece please!

1:54 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

What an awesome cake! A perfect summer cake.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

This cake looks so moist! I love that other fruit can be substituted.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

This is a beautiful cake! I am loving all the plum recipe floating about and this one is a must try.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

This looks delicious - and another great use for buttermilk!

4:18 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

That looks fabulous! Reminds me of that Sour Cherry Almond Cake I made, mmmmmm! I bet yours tastes delicious!!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Beautiful... I love cakes made with buttermilk. Adding fruit is so perfect for the summer!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

What a gorgeous cake, I love your plum and nectarine combo!

8:53 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Perfect recipe for a moist and tender cake! :)

11:42 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

oooh, yum! I've seenmany versions of this cake with all types of berries and this loks equally delicious!

11:55 PM  
Blogger Amy I. said...

Yum! I have seen that cake and have been wanting to try it, but never would have thought to use stone fruit. Yours looks absolutely delish!! Also, I firmly believe that turbinado sugar makes everything better :)

12:01 AM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

You know, this just keeps popping up everywhere, and I (for once) have buttermilk on hand. Coincidence? Fate?

1:10 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

I wish I had a piece of that cake!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Wow, this color is awesome in this cake. Don't plums just bake up beautiful? If I was a fruit, and had to date another fruit, I think plums would be it.

Ok, that was a random fact :)

6:21 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I LOVE THIS CAKE. It's so easy and so good.

I did mine with bluberries. It's great that it's so versatile. Your version is great for this season too.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love your fruit substitution. It looks like a perfect summer cake.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

How great does this look! What a wonderful cake for summer.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Talita said...

How lovely and delicious this cake looks! Love it!

9:35 AM  
Blogger talat said...

mmm your cake looks so moist. Is it the buttermilk that makes it so fluffy or the baking soda. Looks delicious either way

Jackie at

11:26 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Julie and Julia is playing at 1:10 on Friday August 7 at the Century 16 Theaters on 3300 South and State. You're invited to come and see the movie with us and then meet back at my house after for pot-luck snacks and a lot of good dishing about the movie. (I'll be writing a piece for about how food bloggers like the movie, so you might also get a chance to get some exposure for your blog.)

Please e-mail me at kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net if you can come and I'll write back and give you my home address. People can come to my house and drop off food before the show if you'd like, or just meet us at the theater about 12:45.

I probably won't get this message to everyone, so feel free to invite other Utah food bloggers.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

This is absolutely one of my favorite cakes to make. I love the plum and nectarine twist.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Oh my that looks so moist and delicious. I wanna have a piece with my coffee tonight :D

1:19 PM  
Blogger Gaby said...

Maria this looks so delicious! I could eat the entire thing!

1:25 PM  
Blogger anudivya said...

Bright and positively oozing goodness... looks amazing!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

I've made that raspberry buttermilk cake 4 times already!
Now I have ripe plums and peaches sitting here, fresh from the NJ shore today!
I will be making this for company this weekend.
Thanks for the inspiration!

6:40 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

I just made this tonight and it smells wonderful. Unfortunately I might have overcooked it a teeny tiny bit. For some reason I thought it said 10 inch pan. Yay, DUH! (I'm back)I just flipped it out of the pan, it's perfect! Thanks for giving me the push I needed to bake this!
Oh, I used blackberries and raspberries.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Herry Bin said...

what a great recipe i m loving all these recipes with fresh fruit and that cakes are so great thanks

9:16 PM  
Blogger Dhanggit said...

love the combination of plum and nectarine!! this is delicious!

3:49 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

This sounds so good! Somehow, I missed this in Gourmet. I love that the recipe uses buttermilk, which makes a really moist cake.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Ooh, I'm trying to "detox" from eating out so much over the past week, but now I want a big slice of this!!

11:06 AM  
Blogger FabFrugalFood said...

Wow - is this the cake you brought to Kalyn's yesterday?

It is Fabulous!!!

So good to meet you!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

I tried this cake w/ plums tonight and it came out wonderful!
I will try it with other fruits too......I see you did the peach version today.
It's in the recipe file to stay!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Culinary Chemist said...

Maria,I just made this last night with fresh rasberries. It is to die for! I love it! Thanks for the great recipe.

9:49 AM  

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