I love this cake as it’s so easy to make. It’s yet another cake based on stone fruit and a kind of frangipane mix, this time using ground hazelnuts.
You can make it with apricots, peaches and plums. And as it’s an upside down cake you get to see the lovely fruit on top of the cake!
Oh, and it’s all done in the food processor. Labour non intensive!
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
3 free range eggs
100g plain flour
100g hazelnut meal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 white nectarines, cut into thin slices
1 tablespoon of stem ginger pieces, sliced thinly (5-6 pieces)
3 teaspoons demerara sugar
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C fan forced, 180 degrees C non fan forced. Grease a 22 cm springform tin.
Beat butter and sugar in a food processor until pale and well creamed. Add vanilla paste.
Add the eggs one at a time, adding a tablespoon of the flour, hazelnut meal, baking powder and ground ginger mix at the same time with each egg. Mix in the food processor until each egg is incorporated. Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients by pulsing carefully.
Arrange the nectarine slices in the springform tin in a circular pattern, slightly overlapping. Place the ginger slices in between the nectarine slices. Spread over the cake batter, smoothing the top with a spatula. Sprinkle the mixture with the demerara sugar.
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean. If the cake is browning too quickly, cover the top with foil to prevent burning. When cooked, remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
Carefully invert the cake onto a plate to serve.