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Little Nectarine Cakes

These are perfect partners for a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon latte. Of course, who could resist tucking into them as an elegant finish to a splendid meal?–Donna Hay

LC Donna Says... Note

Okay, so while these little lovelies are just spectacular with nectarines, we’d like to share what author and Australian food styling maven Donna Hay has to say. “Don’t wait until nectarines are in season to enjoy this treat. We’ve substituted apricots and peaches. At one time or another, we’ve probably reached for just about every ripe fruit that will hold up to a spin in the oven.” There you have it. What are you waiting for?!

Special Equipment: Eight 3-inch cake pans or a muffin tin with large wells

Little Nectarine Cake Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • Makes 8

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, chopped, plus more for the tins
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus more for the tins
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 3 to 4 ripe nectarines, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon demerara, turbinado, or any raw sugar

Directions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and lightly flour 8 small (3-inch) round cake tins or 8 large muffin tins.
  • 2. Place the butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and beat well. Sift the flour and baking powder over the butter mixture and gently fold through until no trace of flour remains. Add the sour cream and almonds and mix just until combined.
  • 3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins. Top the batter with several nectarine slices and sprinkle with raw sugar.
  • 4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Serve the cakes warm with coffee.
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