2012/09/04

Good bye summer... (TWD BWJ: Nectarine Upside-Down Chiffon Cake)

As I sit here and write this post, the sun has set and Labor Day is hours away from being over.

And with it, the last vestiges of summer.


The nights have become considerably colder.

One kid is off to school. The other one goes back in a couple of days.

Racing season is over at the track.

Apple season is here.

And I have reverted to turning on the oven during the daylight hours.



I find upside down cakes intriguing. There is something about the process of turning over the warm cake pan fresh out of the oven and hoping that everything stays where it is supposed to be that is "on the edge".

Like a baker's double dare...

I decided to live on the edge all over the place with this one.

First, I didn't use a spring form - I used a 10" cake pan with two inch high sides and a smaller 6" baking dish.

Second, no streusel. The shorter cakes didn't seem to warrant it.

Third, I was out of lemons. I had limes. Lime juice went in the cake.

Fourth. I only waited 10 minutes to flip the cakes. Since I didn't use a spring form, I was worried about stickage. Stickage is not good.

Fifth. The cake didn't seem to care that I disregarded so many carefully issued instructions. It was good.

And that's all I have to say about that...

It's back to work tomorrow. Blah.

P.S. Goodbye summer. It's been fun!


This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. Other blogged descriptions of this week's recipe can be found at the Tuesdays with Dorie site. For the Nectarine Upside-Down Chiffon Cake recipe, please visit the site of this week's hosts – Marlise of The Double Trouble Kitchen and Susan of The Little French Bakery.

37 comments:

  1. Just gorgeous, Cher! No hint of autumn in SoCal except that it's getting dark earlier. I do miss the change of seasons.

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  2. Looks great! I should be able to swing the FFwD recipes this month, but I need more kitchen equipment to do the TwD ones. I have no cake pan, springform or otherwise, for example. It makes me sad that nectarines will be a thing of the past by the time I'm reunited with my belongings. Oh well. Next summer!

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  3. Looks fantastic! Love the rebel in you!!!
    We are welcoming spring n I'm already anxious at the prospect of the sweltering heat!

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  4. The cake looks fantastic. I love the DARING quality of it. I am picturing you in the kitchen having a brief terse conversation with the cake...a twinkle in the eyes! So the college drop off had occurred in your house too. I hope it went well. We were good until the final hug and then it was all downhill from there. I cannot BELIEVE how much I blubbered. One who fought fiercely for my own independence at that age, you would have thought I was leaving her in Siberia. I cried when I saw my son, when I went in to her room, when I folded her laundry that was left behind. On the other hand, I am so excited for her.

    I really can't wait to see how she matures from here and each text, phone call and email is so exciting. Good luck to you! I'm learning to really stop and decided...what do I want to do? It's a process for sure.

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  5. Your substitutions sound similar to what I normally do! Your cake looks perfect, and I added lime juice as well. Who has 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice on hand anyway?

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  6. Lime juice sounds delicious! Your cake turned out so beautifully!

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  7. Cher, one gorgeous and perfect looking Chiffon Cake - the nectarines look so wonderfully arranged and no stickage whatsoever. I used a 10-inch baking pan with high sides too (bread baking pan) - it worked well.

    Have a great week!

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  8. When I first read the recipe, I was skeptical of how well lemon juice even paired with nectarines. I tend to associate it more with apples. Still, I wanted to at least try it first, and my lj version turned out well. I suspect limes might have been better, though.

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  9. Cher, Our days here have been in the 80’s and yet I can feel Fall in the air! I always hate seeing summer end…but I do love the fall!!
    Simply beautiful cake and no stickage!! Perfect!!

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  10. beautifully done! yes, the nights are cooler and longer here in Colorado, but we're still breaking heat records during the day. I can't ever remember having the A/C on in September before! oh well, the tomatoes are loving it, and we're loving them. happy end of summer, here comes fall!

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  11. enjoyed reading about the changes you made/tried! how was the lime?? sounds yummy!

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  12. beautiful cake. I actually forgot about the lemon juice- I think I added a little less than the recipe asked for. It was fun to make, can't wait for cooler weather.

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  13. Beautiful cake--this recipe seems to be a winner, however it is made.

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  14. Such a sunny cake to celebrate the last vestiges of summer!

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  15. Beautiful cake! As others have said, there is no sign of Autumn yet in Southern California. It's still very hot! I can't wait for the morning chill.
    Carlene

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  16. I love the way you've decorated the fruit.. the nectarines get such a gorgeous colour.. and i love the way you improvised on the cake!! :)

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  17. I love the fruit pattern on top Cher and I know what you mean about the double dare :) I have had cakes crumble and stick and do everything possible to disappoint lol but your looks perfect

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  18. Nice to know that lime works well in this cake. It's always a wondering game with upside down cakes, but this one worked perfectly. I love your arrangement of fruit on the top.

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  19. Very pretty and wonderful cake Cher! I like the lime addition. I couldn´t make this one on time. Beautiful pics!

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  20. beautiful cake! i just love the way you arranged the fruit on top!

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  21. I know that fall is not even remotely around corner for me;)Your cake is perfect. The fruit looks incredible, Cher!xx

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  22. Beautiful cake! I found this recipe surprisingly forgiving too. Always great news.

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  23. It looks so pretty! Mine looked a little iffy when I flipped it over....but I just ate it anyway. I am a little sad about the end of summer, don't remind me.

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  24. Love your presentation. Beautiful post.

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  25. I love the upside down cake/tartin. The reward for a nail biting, successful flip is an unparalleled beauty of a fruit-topped cake. Like yours. :)

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  26. You say goodbye my friend and I say hello :P
    Thank you for giving me a recipe to start my summer with!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  27. It looks fantastic!! :) I cant wait to start making things with apples myself!

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  28. This is absolute PERFECTION Cher - gorgeous!!!

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  29. Gorgeous!!! Glad to see a regular cake pan worked. I'll be using the same when I make this tomorrow.

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  30. Your cake looks so bright and pretty! Your nectarines really stand out! I didn't have a 3 inch high pan either and my streusel got a little lost near the top the of the cake versus a distinct layer. Your post was about the passing of a season was nice. Wendy

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  31. LOL - glad to hear it was a forgiving cake. It looks delish, streusel or no streusel.

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  32. What a gorgeous cake Cher! Hope I get to try this one. Someday I may get back in the groove of life. Hope you had a wonderful summer season!

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  33. Your cake looks great Cher! It's always wonderful when breaking rules doesn't mean breaking the recipe.

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  34. Very nice Cher. Your nectarines are so pretty! The recipe wasn't specific on whether or not to peel, so I did. What a pain. Glad to see it that it's not necessary.

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  35. Looks fantastic!! I love how you call it a double dare. I'm always a little hesitant at the flipping point. How did it taste with the lime? Limey?

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    1. A little limey, but the fruit kind of overpowered any more subtle flavors.

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  36. Cher, thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.
    Your cake is beautiful and I am so pleased that you liked it.
    After such a long baking day, finding that I did not like it was kind of....strange! I love anything sweet, usually :-)
    But most of all I love baking with the group!

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