Gâteau Fondant Aux Nectarines – Moist Nectarine Cake

by Kirsten on September 7, 2011 · 21 comments

in Cakes, Desserts

Here we go. One last nectarine cake before the summer ends. Light, moist and fresh, perfect to enjoy with a cup of coffee while sitting on your deck with the last warm days of the season.

This French fruit cake has become a kitchen staple in our house. I have baked it many times before with pears (recipe and picture here). It is an absolute favorite with my kids. It keeps well and is exceptionally moist.

This time I used Nectarines. I baked this French cake especially for my daughter on her return from climbing her very first 14er, Mount Sherman, this Labor day weekend. Mausi, I am so proud of you. She was full of smiles and very happy to sit down and relax while eating and sharing her experiences of the day with me.

So, celebration or not, don’t miss out on this moist French nectarine cake, that also your family will be very likely request you to bake over and over again.


*  4 small ripe nectarines, cut into smaller cubes
*  1 cup 1 1/2 Tablespoons (250 g) butter, at room temperature
*  zest of 1 lemon
*  1 1/4 cup (250 g) sugar (Kirsten used 200 g)
*  1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
*  4 eggs, at room temperature
*  2 cups 1 1/2 tablespoons (250 g) flour
*  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*   a pinch of salt


Preheat Convection oven to 350 F. Grease a 24 cm (9 1/2 inch) spring pan

In a kitchen machine beat butter and sugar together until very fluffy and white, about 4 minutes. Mix in the eggs slowly, one egg at a time. Add vanilla and lemon zest.

In another bowl sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Add the flour mixture slowly to the egg mixture. Don’t over mix. Fold in nectarines with a spatula.

Pour batter in the pan and level the top. Bake for about 50-60 min or until a tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


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Elise May 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

My convection oven automatically reduces the baking temp by 25 degrees. Should I set it for 350 or 375 for this? Thanks!

Campasimpukka July 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thanks for sharing this nice recipe! I did it today and my family really liked it:)

Marijke September 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Thanks. It was a perfect labor day tie-dye party dessert!

CC11 December 3, 2011 at 12:15 am

Thanks for the recipe – loved it!

Nuts about food September 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

My goodness, that last shot is breathtaking!Congratulations to your daughter.

elisabeth@foodandthrift September 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Kirsten-thank you for sharing your beautiful nectarine cake recipe! Beautiful photo of the cake, and of your family as well!!!

Susan September 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I love taking advantage of fruit in a cake and this looks great. Simple, yet satisfying. This is definitely added to my recipes to try. Love ya, Susan

Carlos September 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Kirsten, this looks sooooooooooo good! Tomorrow, Saturday, I am going to the local farmer's market to buy the nectarines to make the cake. BTW love your photos!

stadtgarten September 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Das klingt superlecker! Wenn ich es zeitlich schaffe, backe ich den Kuchen am Wochenende, denn schließlich soll morgen der Sommer noch mal für einen Tag zurückkommen.
Vielen Dank für das Rezept!
Liebe Grüße, Monika

Gerlinde in Dallas September 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Your cake looks delicious!

sweetandsaucy September 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

What a gorgeous cake, Kirsten! Having climbed a fourteener myself this summer, I know she deserves at least two slices (if not the whole cake!) for such a feat. 🙂 Can't wait to try the recipe.

Elle Marie September 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Love the colorado photo wish was there. Your cake loks so tasty, I want a bite 🙂

Cooking Creation September 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This looks perfect and amazingly delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Tres Delicious September 9, 2011 at 7:52 am

your cake looks delicious. seems you having lots of fun.. enjoy yourself.

Chele September 9, 2011 at 6:16 am

I'm in love with this lovely looking cake. Only problem is I now I have to wait till next summer to make it lol

scrambledhenfruit September 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

What a beautiful fruit filled cake! Congratulations to your daughter on her accomplishment. 🙂

Susan September 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Sehr gut, Mausi!! That you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!!! Susan

Karen Harris September 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm

This cake looks so delicious. Love the family photo and the new look of the site. I need you to come and help me please!

JelliDonut September 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Congratulations to your daughter! I'd climb a 14er for that cake too.

The Café Sucré Farine September 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Wow, Colorado is beautiful, who needs the Alps, nicht? 🙂 Your cake looks amazing and how sweet of you to surprise your daughter after her hike with this yummy treat!

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