Monday, 28 May 2012

Nectarine & blueberry cake with vanilla cream

Recipe and food styling: Jan-Marie Harford-Brown

This recipe can be made with other seasonal fruit combinations such as apricot and blackberry, cherry and orange zest or my all time favourite banana and passion fruit syrup.

2 large Nectarines
100g fresh Blueberries
230g Butter, softened
337g Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Eggs
2 tblsp Lemon Zest
345g Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
pinch of Salt
4 tblsp Icing Sugar
200ml Creme Fraiche
1 Vanilla Bean

Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base and sides of an 8 inch round cake tin with baking parchment.
2 Halve each of the nectarines and slice into wedges. Set aside along with the blueberries.
3 Beat together the butter, vanilla and sugar until pale and creamy. Then add eggs, beating in one at a time.
4 Fold in the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and salt (This will make a super thick batter). Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the top with a spoon.
5 Place the Nectarine wedges randomly over the top of the cake batter, then scatter over berries and gently press the fruit into the batter. Dust with 2 tblsp of icing sugar.
6 Bake in the preheated oven for 1 ¼ hours, or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
7 To make Vanilla Cream. Mix creme fraiche, 1 tblsp of icing sugar and vanilla bean seeds until combined.
8 Once the cake is cooled, remove from the tin and dust lightly with more icing sugar. Serve a slice of the cake with a dollop of the vanilla cream.


  1. Stuart this looks lovely, is there a recipe?

  2. Is there somewhere I can view the recipe for this beautiful cake?

  3. Thanks for the kind comments guys. I'm trying to hunt the recipe down - it was from a recent job, I will post a link as soon as I have it...

  4. Stuart, I'm a regular here and love your photos! The idea of banana and passion fruit together sounds amazing, tks!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I just made it....still in the oven... but it looks really good. Perfect Father's Day cake in my opinion. We'll soon get to have a taste! I have a feeling this one will become one of the family favorites. :)

  6. Patricia, thankyou so much for the kind words! Ina, it's my pleasure - how did it turn out?

    1. Stuart, it was absolutely delicious! Will definitely make this plenty again. :) I'm so glad I found your blog. Beautiful pictures and lots of inspiration for the kitchen.

  7. I love this cake and i wanna try =)
    Mela e Cannella

  8. Found this on Pinterest and came straight over to see if there was a recipe to go with the beautiful photograph. And there is, joy! I'll be making it as soon as I have the blueberries. Thank you.

  9. Fantasticaaaa, mi segno subito la ricetta e la farò al più presto. Un abbraccio kiara