Gluten-Free Nectarine Cake

By Emily Smith

This morning we woke up just as the sun was rising, casting its pinkish glow over the Ottawa River
and highlighting all the tops of the summer-green trees.  What a beautiful way to start the day.

For breakfast, we ate cake.

Our amazing view of the Ottawa Valley and the shimmering water made me feel exuberant. Like the first time I woke up in the Grand Hotel in Florence walked out onto the balcony looking
over the stunning Arno & the picturesque Tuscan City and felt such lively excitement.
Having that feeling again, made me want to indulge in a piece of 
nectarine cake rather than a bowl of oatmeal.
Our Little One squealed with delight!
Happy to munch on something so tasty that we made together.
“Yum-Yum, Mama”
 Yum-yum, darling.

The nice thing about this afternoon tea cake (other than the fact that you can eat it for breakfast)
is that its not sweet; it pleases with its subtle notes of cinnamon and maple and complements 
the seasonal nectarines perfectly.

I would love to hear what recipes you are making with your local fruits.
Happy Friday everyone!

Gluten-Free Nectarine Cake
Serves 8

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup salted butter (softened)
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
2 eggs
1/2 cup light sour cream
3 firm nectarines
1 Tbsp lemon juice
powder sugar for dusting 

Cake batter

Mix together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon.  
In separate bowl, cream butter, sugar, vanilla and maple syrup.  
Whisk 2 eggs in bowl and pour into wet mixture. Then add in sour cream.  
Pour wet mixture into dry mixture, in segments. Pouring and stirring, until blended
into a spongey consistency.


Cut nectarines into medium-fine slices.  In a bowl, toss them in a bit of lemon juice
& some sugar (I only used 1 Tbsp of organic sugar, you may wish to use more for sweeter taste).
Let sit for a few minutes to absorb lemon juice.

Assemble & Bake

Preheat oven to 350F

Lightly grease and dust with flour a 24 oz french corningware dish (or deep cake dish).
Pour cake batter inside and spread with a spoon.  If the mix sticks to the spoon,
wet it with cold water.

Place nectarines in a circular design on top.

Bake with cover for 10 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 35-45 minutes.
Remove and test the center of the cake with a butter knife – make sure it comes out clean.

Dust with powdered sugar.

You can served it straight from the french corningware dish -
or remove (after 20 minutes of cooling) and place on serving plate.


Emily Smith

Emily Smith is the founder and editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. A gluten-free connoisseur, social media maven and reigning fashionista (in her own rights). She loves writing and shares her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty.
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15 Comments on Gluten-Free Nectarine Cake

  1. tinajo
    August 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm (3 years ago)

    As always great pics and looking awesome! :-)

  2. Eftychia
    August 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

    This delicious! I will save it in my favorite list for a future reference.

  3. Loraine
    August 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I will have to make this fabulous cake…and serve it for breakfast! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! :)

  4. Emily of The Best of this Life
    August 14, 2011 at 1:47 am (3 years ago)

    ♡Thank you Tina, I had so much fun styling these photos..and eating cake!

    ♡Eftychia, so glad that you stopped by, I hope you will be a regular!
    I popped on over to your blog and wanted a piece of chocolate cake :)

    ♡Thank you Loraine, hope you have a wonderful weekend too -
    and enjoy some cake!!!

  5. koralee
    August 14, 2011 at 4:06 am (3 years ago)

    Such pretty images….and that cake looks amazing…thank you for sharing. xoxox

  6. Marie
    August 14, 2011 at 9:03 am (3 years ago)

    What a wonderful way to start the day off! That peach cake looks sooo good :)
    xx Marie

  7. Peachie
    August 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Very pretty pictures and that’s one delicious looking cake!

  8. David
    August 15, 2011 at 2:26 am (3 years ago)

    The Best of this Life captures so much light and awards it to a reader delightfully, looking into this makes me feel wonder and turns what I first may consider ordinary into superabundance. Thank you.

  9. sherri lynn
    August 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks delicious! Today I’m planning on baking with some blueberries.

  10. Anna of IHOD
    August 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Emily!
    Nectarines have been cheaper than apples here in GA so I have been looking for some good dessert ideas. I love this!
    Hope you had a great weekend!

  11. Fashion Meets Food
    August 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Now doesnt this look heavenly. I just bought a bunch of peaches so maybe i`ll have to try something like this with the peaches.


  12. Courtney
    August 16, 2011 at 1:42 am (3 years ago)

    Just saw your post through blogher.. I’ve got to try this. I’m celiac and I love finding new gluten-free recipes that are healthy and use fresh local produce. Thanks for this one!

  13. Sutapa
    August 16, 2011 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

    Great pics …a delicious recipe and an awesome cake!


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