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Caramelized Nectarine Upside Down Cake

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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.
A stunning presentation makes this nectarine upside down cake a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

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.

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The ingredient list for making Nectarine Upside Down Cake;

  • 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. 😉

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.
  • 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.
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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Summertime Nectarine Cake

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Nectarine Upside Down Cake
Caramelized Nectarine Upside-Down Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Summertime’s delicious bounty of fresh and juicy nectarines comes alive in this recipe for Bountiful Caramelized Nectarine Upside-Down Cake.
Course: Dessert, fruit cake
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Keyword: Nectarine Upsidedown Cake
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 385 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 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. 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 Facts
Caramelized Nectarine Upside-Down Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 408mg18%
Potassium 244mg7%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 995IU20%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for caramelized nectarine upside down cake as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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  1. You had me at “caramelized” and you closed the deal with “nectarines.”

  2. This turned out great! Looks yummy!

  3. Oh wow. This looks amazing!

  4. What a great treat with summer fresh fruit – love that you can freeze it too!

  5. This sounds wonderful – pass me a plate, please!

  6. I love upside-down fruity cakes but never would have thought of using nectarines. This looks heavenly!

  7. I love adding fruit to summer desserts and your upside-down cake looks amazing! Wish I had a slice right now!

  8. That looks wonderful! I’ve made nectarine sheet cakes, but I love the smaller size and upside down fun of this version. I am going to have to give it a try!

  9. I think you meant an 9 inch pan!!! It’s all over my oven and is a mess!

    • Hi, Lynn.
      The only thing I can do is admit to my error and apologize. If there was a way for me to come and clean your oven, I would.
      I’ve since fixed the recipe. I’m sorry that happened. Please accept my sincere apology.

  10. 5 stars
    I love upside down cake! This one turned out amazing!

  11. Rebecca Hubbell

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

  12. Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

    • 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!

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