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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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68 Responses to “Plum Nectarine Buttermilk Cake”

  1. Erica — August 3, 2009 @ 5:32 am

    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

  2. The Food Librarian — August 3, 2009 @ 5:42 am

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

  3. Lisa — August 3, 2009 @ 5:49 am

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

  4. Mac Daddy — August 3, 2009 @ 6:19 am

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

  5. Paige@ Running Around Normal — August 3, 2009 @ 6:19 am

    What a beautiful summer time cake. That looks decadent!

  6. Jessica — August 3, 2009 @ 6:25 am

    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!

  7. kat — August 3, 2009 @ 6:28 am

    It does look so good & simple too

  8. Barbara Bakes — August 3, 2009 @ 6:34 am

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

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums — August 3, 2009 @ 6:41 am

    That cake must taste really good!



  10. Lisa — August 3, 2009 @ 7:29 am

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

  11. Sara — August 3, 2009 @ 7:30 am

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

  12. Chef Jeena — August 3, 2009 @ 7:39 am

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

  13. Tracy — August 3, 2009 @ 8:09 am

    Yum, and what a versatile cake!

  14. veron — August 3, 2009 @ 8:35 am

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

  15. Lori — August 3, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    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.

  16. Pam — August 3, 2009 @ 9:24 am

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

  17. Flourchild — August 3, 2009 @ 9:38 am

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

  18. ♥Deeba @Passionate About Baking♥ — August 3, 2009 @ 9:43 am

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

  19. Ingrid — August 3, 2009 @ 9:51 am

    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!

  20. Cheryl — August 3, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    Ohh that looks wonderful I love baking with buttermilk!

  21. Jennifer — August 3, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    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! :)

  22. Vanessa — August 3, 2009 @ 10:40 am

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

  23. Country Cookin' Mama — August 3, 2009 @ 10:42 am

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

  24. Danielle — August 3, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    that looks wonderful!!!

  25. Jamie — August 3, 2009 @ 10:53 am

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

  26. The Blonde Duck — August 3, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    That's such a cute cake!

  27. Foodie with Little Thyme! — August 3, 2009 @ 11:21 am

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

  28. CookiePie — August 3, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

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

  29. Grace — August 3, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

    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.

  30. stephchows — August 3, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

    mmmmmmm love your addition. I need to print this!

  31. pigpigscorner — August 3, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

    I love cakes with buttermilk, so moist and flavourful!

  32. ttfn300 — August 3, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

    that looks absolutely divine!!

  33. Marthe — August 3, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

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

  34. pinkstripes — August 3, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

    What an awesome cake! A perfect summer cake.

  35. Meghan — August 3, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

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

  36. Bridgett — August 3, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

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

  37. Colleen — August 3, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

    This looks delicious – and another great use for buttermilk!

  38. Amanda — August 3, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

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

  39. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — August 3, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

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

  40. Kerstin — August 3, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

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

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