A Bowl-of-Fruit Cake

  • Active Time 45m
  • Total Time 2h

10 servings

Celebrate summer’s bounty with a simple cake ring overflowing with seasonal fruits. The fruits listed here are suggestions; use what looks best at the market.


  • For Sponge Cake Ring:
  • 1 cup less 2 tablespoons unsifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk, heated to about 150 degrees F
  • For Fruit Filling and Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apricot brandy or orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups pitted and sliced fresh nectarines (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3 cups seedless green grapes (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and halved (about 1 pound)


For Sponge Cake Ring: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an ovenproof ring mold with a 6 to 7-cup capacity with cooking spray. Dust the mold with flour, shaking out the excess.

Sift cake flour and baking soda into a bowl. Beat eggs and egg whites together in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer. Add 1 cup sugar and beat on medium speed until the mixture is pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in lemon juice, vanilla and the flour mixture with the mixer on low speed just until the flour is incorporated. Beat in the hot milk.

Transfer the batter to the prepared mold. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the cake comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the pan sides to loosen the cake. Invert onto a wire rack to cool while you prepare the filling and glaze.

For Fruit Filling and Glaze: Stir 1/2 cup sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in apricot brandy (or orange juice). Pour half of the syrup into a small bowl, cover and set aside to cool.

Add butter to the syrup remaining in the saucepan, stirring until the butter has melted. Brush some of this glaze over the bottom and sides of the cake. Invert the cake onto a serving platter and brush the top of the cake with the remaining glaze. Cover and leave at room temperature until serving time.

Combine fruit and the reserved cooled syrup in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours. Just before serving, fill the center of the cake with the fruit filling. Spoon any syrup remaining in the bowl over the fruit.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 11054

nutrition information per serving

282 calories; 2g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 44mg cholesterol; 157mg sodium; 63g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 5g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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