Nectarine Olive Oil Cake


At first glance, this might seem like a simple cake, but it’s so much more than that. The cake batter is made doubly tender with a complex flavor, thanks to olive oil and puréed nectarines. Then you’ll double down on that delicious olive oil-nectarine combo with a topping of sea salt-flecked fruit. It’s not only pretty, but it draws out the flavors from the cake for an elegant, bakery-worthy treat. If you don't come across nectarines, peaches will do. The flavor of the olive oil comes through, so it’s worth splurging on something nice that has grassy or peppery undertones. Offer up some vanilla ice cream to go with, a scoop definitely can't hurt.

Nectarine Olive Oil Cake Recipe
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
8 serves


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 ripe nectarines

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, plus more for pan

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup olive oil, divided, plus more for pan and drizzling

  • Powdered sugar, for serving

  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush a 9-inch round cake pan with oil and line bottom with parchment paper; brush with oil and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

  2. Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.

  3. Pit and roughly chop 2 nectarines. Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.

  4. Whisk granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually add ½ cup oil. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, whisking until evenly incorporated. (Batter will be thick.) Fold in nectarine puree and pour batter into prepared pan.

  5. Bake until cake is golden and pulls away from sides of pan, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and transfer to a rack to cool completely. (Cake can be made up to 2 days in advance. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature.)

  6. To serve, dust cake with powdered sugar. Slice remaining 2 nectarines and toss with flaky salt and remaining ¼ cup oil. Serve cake with nectarines and a drizzle of oil.

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