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Upside Down Cakes are such simple and classic desserts. Get this recipe for a beautiful nectarine upside down cake that you are sure to love.

Nectarine Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Life sometimes happens in waves. Periods where you learn of so many family and friends who are sick, who have suffered a loss, who just need a pick me up.

Then, the wave seems to swell again taking us all high on a crest full of graduations, marriages, births, and other major happy events.

I allow myself to get so caught up in my own wave riding that I sometimes don’t think to raise my head and notice those around me that may be holding on just as tightly to their boards as they can, just praying for the seas to calm for a moment.

Yesterday, after I dropped Little Buddy off for Lego camp, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few things that we needed – the usual of milk, oatmeal, and fruit that we seem to go through the quickest.

As I rounded the corner, I saw a dear family friend whose husband is suffering from cancer. I asked how they were doing, which immediately brought tears to her eyes. Her reply, “we’re hanging on and trying to make the most of every day.”

So much emotion in that one simple sentence. It was filled to the rim and overflowing.

After giving my friend a tight hug and telling her we were praying for them both, we each quietly continued on our journey – me to the oatmeal and her to the checkout counter.

As I reached the produce section, I noticed wet dots across my shirt and felt the warmth of tears streaming down my face.

Who was I to simply walk away?

I first smelled the nectarines before my eyes would even uncloud from the tears enough for me to see them. Bright, tender, and one of his favorite fruits, I remembered.

Picking through the display, I found five of the prettiest nectarines and carefully placed them in my cart. I knew I might not be able to cure their hurt, but I could definitely show them I cared in the most basic, loving way that I knew.

Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

As I delivered it to their home later in the afternoon, I realized that I received more in the making than I could have possibly ever given.

 Here’s the recipe for my Nectarine Upside Down Cake: 

4 from 2 votes

Nectarine Upside Down Cake Recipe

Dessert 1 hr

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 12
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Upside Down Cakes are such simple and classic desserts. Get this recipe for a beautiful nectarine upside down cake that you are sure to love.


  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 5 nectarines peeled and sliced into 1 ½ inch thick wedges
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Pour ½ of melted butter into cast iron skillet or round cake pan.
  • Swirl pan until bottom and sides are well-coated with butter to prevent cake from sticking.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the melted butter in the skillet or cake pan.
  • Place nectarine slices on top of the brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, the remainder of your melted butter, eggs, sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Whisk together until well-combined.
  • Pour evenly over the nectarine and brown sugar layer in the skillet or cake pan.
  • Place in the oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick or skewer inserted in the center comes our clean. You can follow my tips for how to tell when your cake is done.
  • Allow to stand for about 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cake stand.
  • When ready to transfer, place cake stand on top of skillet then carefully flip to where the nectarine upside down cake comes out onto the cake stand.

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Upside Down Cakes are easy to prepare and make wonderful desserts to serve for simple weeknight meals, special occasions, and when camping or tailgating.

A versatile recipe, you can easily substitute other stone fruits such as peaches, apricots, or even plums for this recipe. I also enjoy using apples, pears, and have even been known to use quince when we lived in our first house that had a quince tree just bursting with fruit each year.

Using favorite fruits as they are in season makes this a perfect recipe to keep handy.


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  1. Beautifully written. I’m so looking forward to participating in Desserts for the Deserving too.

    And this cake looks so lovely. I adore nectarines!

    1. Thanks so much, Ali. Nectarines hold up so well in this cake and are a welcome twist!

  2. This is such a sweet thing to do. Sometimes, it’s just the smallest acts of kindness that can brighten someones day 🙂

    Now, on to the cake – – wow!! I love how caramelized the edged of upside-down cakes get. This is a lovely recipe

    1. You are so right. I think just a reminder that someone cares helps so much when you are hurting, but honestly, the giving does so much more.

  3. Oh wow…definitely praying for your friend. What a horrible thing to go through…I cannot even begin to imagine.

    Love the cake and your thoughtfulness!!

    1. Thanks, Kristan! Your photos from your trip have me itching to plan a trip to Seattle!

  4. It’s the little things. I’m sure the cake brought a little joy and light during such a difficult time. You’re a great friend! The cake looks divine!!

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Kelley. It definitely helped me to realize I need to be more aware of helping those around me who are hurting. My Grandmother had a sixth sense for those in need. I have to be better about tapping into mine!

  5. There are so many ways to help people in times of trouble. Thanks for sharing this touching story and great recipe.

    1. You are so right, Marly. I need to be so much better about looking outside of my own day-to-day happenings to see their needs.

  6. You are such a light in this world. What a blessing! Thank you so much for sharing this… and being such a positive influence!! Beautiful cake and recipe my friend!

    1. Thank you for saying so, Amanda, but I was the one blessed in the giving. I think you’d love this cake! So fresh and summery!

    1. You are so sweet, Aggie! I just love you! The nectarines on this cake just scream summer! I think you’d love it.

  7. Great recipe, Robin. Nectarines are just coming into season here, so tho is going to one of the ways I bake with them. 🙂

  8. I read this on my phone this morning, but wanted to sit down after my run and my shower and read it again. My heart just aches for your friend.

    You have such a sweet heart and I could just picture you putting this beautiful cake together. It was the perfect way to show your love and that you were thinking of them.


    1. Thank you, Bridget. It breaks my heart knowing the pain he is going through and for her going through it with him each day. I know there is no where else on earth she’d rather be than holding his hand as they go through this together. Cancer just sucks!

  9. You’re such a beautiful friend Robyn!

    and this cake looks amazing!!…….praying for your friends! xoxoxo

    1. Thanks so much, Cheryl. I appreciate all the prayers for them. They are absolutely precious people.

    1. You are great to always remember others, Amy! It was a very striking realization for me though. As much as I may think about someone, it means so much more to show them you care. At least it does to me.

    1. Thanks so much. This is a wonderful cake for the summer. Not too heavy and full of great summery flavors!

  10. Such a difficult and sad situation. I hope this cake brightened their day even just a bit.

  11. You are so incredibly kind! And I will most definitely join in.

    Btw this cakes looks amazing. There’s so many peaches all wonderfully sugared up!

    1. This cake makes me think of everything great about summer. It’s a definite favorite!

  12. You are so kind hearted! I made peach upside down cake a few weeks ago and I know I would love it with nectarines.

  13. What a beautifully written post… and, an equally beautiful cake. I, too, am looking forward to participating in Amanda’s event!

  14. THAT is one lovely post, Robyn. You are such a beautiful person. I haven’t baked with nectarines, but have been enjoying them so much lately. I think it’s time to start!

    1. Oh yes, Brenda! You’d definitely love this cake and baking with nectarines! They just scream summer.

  15. This kind of recipe is what I am looking for especially I am trying to bake this weekend.. Anyway, thank you for the idea here and this is a help..

  16. I first clicked on this from my email because I was intrigued to see a photo of the nectarines but, like so many times, was drawn into the story and felt something reconnect from a time that someone brought ME a treat when we were “getting the most from every day.” Thanks for the reminder that we should never walk away from an opportunity to do kindness.♥

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Donna. I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.

  17. What an incredible heart you have, your gesture probably meant more than you could ever know.

  18. Such a beautiful post, Robyn. You brought tears to my eyes, thanks for the reminder that we all need to slow down a bit! And this cake is really, really stunning!

  19. What a beautiful post… shows what a beautiful person you are!! Your thoughtfulness brought a little ray of sunshine into their life. Thank you for being YOU. The cake looks amazing, and I will absolutely make it this weekend. Thanks!

  20. Robin, I haven’t had an up side down cake in YEARS. Thinking I’ll be making yours this weekend!

  21. Wow, that looks incredible. I want to just reach right through my screen right now. Thanks Robyn!!

  22. 3 stars
    Hi All. I made this cake this past weekend for a family get-together and I must say, I did have one or two issues. I actually used a loose bottom cake pan, which was a mistake. The melted butter ran out of the pan and made a huge mess on the counter top and in the over. That also meant that the sugar, butter and fruit didn’t cook into a nice caramel type topping. Having said that though, my guests still enjoyed the cake. I wasn’t a huge fan unfortunately as I found the cake itself to be very heavy and stodgy. I would love this cake with a lighter batter. The cake batter had the texture of thick, homemade bread. I really thought that I was going to love this cake, but actually I didn’t. But that’s just me. Like I say, a few people at the get-together asked for seconds and said how nice they thought it was. Has anyone else baked this cake and what is your opinion? Thanks. Kim

  23. 5 stars
    This was one delicious cake! Everyone loved it. And it was very easy to make. This is the 3rd time I take a cake recipe from you blog and all turned out to be great. Thanks for sharing.