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Nectarine Upside Down Cake

Summertime’s delicious bounty of fresh and juicy nectarines comes alive in this recipe for caramelized Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

A whole nectarine upside down cake on a square white plate with mint sprigs and a dollop of whipped cream.

There is something so intoxicating about fresh, summertime nectarines. Hold one up to your nose and take a big, long sniff.

There, that’s what summer is all about, and that’s exactly how this nectarine upside-down cake tastes. Like summertime. In cake form.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making an upside-down cake featuring nectarines is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


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The ingredient list:

  • Nectarines (peaches also work)
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Grated Nutmeg
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt

Can this nectarine cake be made in advance, and can it be frozen?

YES! Here’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

Once I baked and cooled the nectarine upside-down cake, I packed a few slices for my eldest son to take home, and then I packaged and froze a few slices to bring to my mom for my next visit to her house.

I brought my mom her slices just the other day, and this morning she told me how much she enjoyed this cake.

When I asked her how the texture was after it had been frozen and thawed, much to my delight, she said the texture was wonderful! 

In review, I’m happy to report that this cake may be made in advance and frozen if needed.

However, for the best and freshest result, I recommend eating it as soon as possible after cooling…but I doubt that will be a problem. 😉

Closeup photo of nectarine upside down cake with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh mint leaves.

How long does this summer fruit cake to make from start to finish?

  • Approximately 2 hours from start to eat.
  • 10 minutes to prepare the caramelized nectarine “topping” (which is actually the bottom of the cake when baked).
  • 10 minutes to prepare the cake batter.
  • 50-60 minutes to bake.
  • Cool. Invert. Cool. Garnish. Enjoy!
Overhead photo of a nectarine fruit cake on a square white plate garnished with mint, whipped cream and nectarine slices.
Nectarine Upside Down Cake is as pretty as a picture, and just as tasty as it looks!

Why this recipe for Nectarine Upside Down Cake works:

  • It’s easy to make.
  • It only takes a few ingredients.
  • It’s delicious.
  • It’s impressive looking.
  • It will make you a rock star among your family and friends.

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The easy instructions for making nectarine upside-down cake:

  • Add melted butter and brown sugar into the bottom of a 9″ round cake pan.
  • Remove the stones from nectarines and cut the fruit into slices.
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  • Lay the nectarine slices in a decorative star pattern over the butter and brown sugar, making sure to fit in as many of the nectarine slices as possible.
  • Sprinkle additional brown sugar and freshly grated nutmeg over the nectarine slices.
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  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  • In a second bowl cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
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  • Add an egg, Greek yogurt, milk and vanilla to the creamed butter mixture.
  • Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the creamed butter mixture until fully blended.
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  • Use a spatula to gently spoon the cake batter evenly over the nectarines in the prepared pan.
  • Place the cake pan onto a baking sheet and bake the cake in a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean after being inserted into the center of the cake.
  • Cool the cake on a baking rack for 10 minutes
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  • After 10 minutes place a serving plate on top of the cake in the pan.
  • Use baking mitts or pot holders to carefully invert (flip) the cake in the pan so the nectarines will now be the top of the cake.
  • Once flipped, carefully remove the baking pan and allow the cake to cool completely before slicing and serving.
How to make a Nectarine Upside Down Cake photo tutorial collage.
Vertical title text image of nectarine upside down cake with whipped cream and fresh mint.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s easy summer fruitcake recipe

Yield: 8 slices

Caramelized Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

Nectarine Upside Down Cake

Summertime's delicious bounty of fresh and juicy nectarines comes alive in this recipe for Bountiful Caramelized Nectarine Upside-Down Cake.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 3 nectarines, stones removed and cut into slices (peaches may be used)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1⅔ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup yogurt, Greek
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Tools and equipment

  • 1 9" round cake pan
  • 2 large bowls
  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • spatula
  • small microwave safe bowl, for melting butter
  • cutting board and chef's knife, for slicing nectarines
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • pot holders or bakers mitts
  • cooling rack or trivet
  • serving plate
  • Whipped Cream, optional as garnish
  • Fresh Mint Sprigs, optional as garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the melted butter into the cake pan.
  3. Evenly add 6 tablespoons of brown sugar to the pan.
  4. Add the nectarine slices in a star pattern on top of the brown sugar and butter, making sure to fit as many as possible.
  5. Sprinkle 2 additional tablespoons of brown sugar evenly over the nectarine slices, along with the freshly grated nutmeg. Set aside while preparing cake batter.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  7. In another large bowl (of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer), cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
  8. Add the egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla and blend until combined.
  9. Slowly blend the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture (scraping the sides down on occasion) until a thick but creamy batter is formed.
  10. Use a spatula to spoon the cake batter gently and evenly over top of the nectarines in the cake pan.
  11. Place the cake pan onto a baking sheet and bake the cake in a preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Cool the cake on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  13. Place a serving plate on top of the cake (in the pan) and invert the cake pan, and plate, in one smooth motion so that the nectarine slices are now on top.
  14. Gently remove the cake pan from the cake and allow the cake to cool completely.
  15. Slice, serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 15gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 83mgSodium 408mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 1gSugar 39gProtein 2g

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Caramelized Nectarine Upside-Down Cake slice on a plate with the cake in the background.

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Friday 21st of August 2020

This recipe looks so delicious and tasty! Can't wait to give this a try! My son is going to love this!


Saturday 29th of August 2020

I'm sure he will, Beth. Enjoy!


Friday 21st of August 2020

This recipe looks amazing! I am so excited to try it!


Saturday 29th of August 2020

I truly hope you do, Sydnie! Thanks.


Monday 22nd of July 2019

Do you use salted or unsalted butter?


Monday 22nd of July 2019

Hello, Livarnett. I always used salted butter. I don't feel there is ever enough salt in butter to make any baked good "overly-salty." That said, feel free to use unsalted butter if you'd prefer, but it's not necessary. Thanks for your question! Renee

Rebecca Hubbell

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Nectarines are one of m favorite fruits and I love finding new recipes to use them in! This is delicious!


Sunday 30th of June 2019

Awesome. Thanks, Rebecca!


Wednesday 26th of June 2019

I love upside down cake! This one turned out amazing!


Sunday 30th of June 2019

Great news, Justine!