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Nectarine Almond Cake (Vegan, or not!)


One of my favorite summer fruits is the nectarine. You get all of the juicy peachiness without all of the fuzz. Don’t get me wrong, I love peaches, too! But the fuzz? It’s weird sometimes. Too…fuzzy? Like trying to eat a nectarine that’s wearing clothes or something!

The other day, Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod posted this Peach Almond Cake. I knew right away that I that I wanted to make it. And I'm so glad I did--it’s delicious! I didn’t like the peaches at Trader Joe’s that day, but the nectarines looked perfect. So Nectarine Almond Cake it was! No shirt wearing peaches for me, thank you very much.


I also had to make it vegan. This would be my first adventure into vegan baking. I knew I could do it--I’ve been baking for along time. So with the help of Ener-G Egg Replacer and Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, I was ready to go. I can even make vegan buttermilk by adding some lemon juice to almond milk. Ha! I can do this, no problem.

But you sure as hell don’t have to make this vegan-style. Just use regular eggs, butter and buttermilk!

Nectarine Almond Cake

1/2 cup AP flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (1/2 cup) Earth Balance Buttery Stick, softened
2/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling over the top
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer, mixed with 2 1/4 TBSP warm water
1/2 cup almond milk (or your choice of milks) mixed with 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice (and set aside for 10 mins)
nectarines, chopped (I used 3)
almonds, chopped (about 3/4 cup)


Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 9" round cake pan.
Whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy.
Add in the extracts, and mix.
Add egg replacer and mix well.
With mixer at low speed, mix in flour and milk like this: some of the flour, half of the buttermilk, half of the remaining flour, remaining buttermilk, last of the flour--mix just until combined.
Spread the batter in the pan, smooth the top, and scatter the nectarines and almonds, then sprinkle with sugar.
Bake till golden brown and a cake tester poked in the center comes out clean--25-30 minutes.
Set aside to cool, then serve.


Note: You could totally "pretty this up" by slicing the nectarines and arranging them neatly. I'm far too lazy, I guess, hehe.
Also? cinnamon would be perfect sprinkled over this when you're adding the sugar!



This was a huge success, so thank you, Maria!



And look who was trying to swipe a piece while I was taking photos. Silly puppies! Not happening!

Tolee roxy



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Reader Comments (19)

Yum. Now I know what I'm doing with all those peaches I picked over the weekend! Thank you!

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

This looks fantastic!

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterABowlOfMush

Thanks, guys! :)

August 13, 2009 | Registered CommenterElle

I would love to try a slice of that. Don't you love how far vegan & raw food recipes have come over the years? remember when vegan was ugly and gross tasting?
I bet this would go well with apricots too. I made an apricot crumb cake a couple weeks ago and have been jonzing for more apricots.

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

This sounds incredible! Coincidentally, I just ordered some Ener-G Egg Replacer online with my next TVP shipment. I've heard about it and thought I'd give it a try. Although I don't think the peaches I have on hand will wait that long... Well, good excuse to get some more! :-)

That looks really delicious. But the big question is ... did the dog get any? Such a sweet puppy.

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergiz

This looks absolutely delicious!! I just printed out the exact same recipe yesterday! Making this tomorrow, with peaches and nectarines! (Have both, must use.) I totally agree on the peaches, by the way. Nectarines are the way to go!

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Just rocking good Elle.Saw it at Maria's too, & feel to envious of your peach/nectarine season. Ours is long gone! This cake is beautiful!! Yum Yum!!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeeba

Oh that sounds tasty

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Oh my Elle, that dessert....amazing!

Cute pups!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

What cute pups! :) Love the cake too...

I am so glad you liked the cake. Love the changes you made to make it vegan. Fabulous!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

I was just laughing over your shirt-wearing nectarines! :p You are hilarious! This sounds so good (the food, although the hilarity is, too)! Ok, and I haven't seen the EB buttery sticks. favorite "butter".

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

I could totally dig into that...looks yummy! Those pups are adorable!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril in CT

Nice job on the cake Elle! You excited for football season yet? I am SO pumped :)

Love how you put almond milk in there to give it that little boost of flavor, and keep it veganized. Great idea.

August 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

right. so i've been wondering why you haven't been posting, and now i realize that my reader was never updated with your new address. i've missed you! and your corgis! great cake, by the way--the texture and crumbliness of it is very appealing!

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergrace

Things are looking really pretty around here. I'll need to change my feed so I can find you! This looks summery yummy. I have to say that I have yet to venture into any Vegan baking!

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori @ RecipeGirl

I thought you were going to stop by and say hello - what happened?

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlise

Awesome looking cake! Sounds like it's really healthy! You should consider entering this cake into Recipe4Living's 5th Birthday Recipe Contest! The site is turning 5 years old, and we're giving away a Scharffen Berger gift basket to the top birthday cake that's submitted!

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSophia

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