TwD: Nectarine-Upside Down Chiffon Cake

I started the long Labor Day weekend with high hopes, considering Friday marked the end of my vegan cleanse and I would be able to make this week’s TwD assignment without reservation. However, an hour into Friday afternoon I had the misfortune of suffering a wicked fall when I tripped over a manhole cover. It was the worst left ankle pain I’d ever experienced. There was no walking off this pain, and the wincing on my face foreshadowed a weekend of dashed plans. I spent the entire holiday cooped up in my apartment with my left ankle wrapped, iced, and elevated. After three and a half days of that non-stop regimen, I was able to stand long enough to make this cake, but I had no desire to eat it. My ankle still hurts way too much to enjoy any type of food. I’m hoping to be out of this funk in a week and that there will be a slice of this cake left by then.

To find the recipe for this nectarine-upside down chiffon cake, head over to this week’s hosts: Marlise of The Double Trouble Kitchen and Susan of The Little French Bakery

75 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kitchen therapy
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 08:17:04

    Oh! I hope you didn’t fracture anything?
    You’re cake looks great! Can’t believe you actually got up and made it!

  2. Meenakshi
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 08:37:44

    Goodness! I hope you are alright….get well soon!! I hope you will be up to eating some of that cake real soon…it looks too good to resist!

  3. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 08:50:49

    That stinks! I hope you’re feeling better soon lady! I’m pretty impressed that you made it and didn’t eat any of it – your ankle must hurt REALLY bad. Let us know when you’re up and around again and eating delicious cakes or we’ll all be worried. Your cake looks beautiful!

  4. Liz
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:00:49

    You poor thing…I hope you’ll be good as new soon. You were a trooper to get this one done~

  5. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:01:12

    What a nightmare. Cake doesn’t cure an ankle like that. Sleep and a little more sleep with any narcotic help you can get. Don’t stand on it for any length of time. If ever there’s a time for takeaways and ready made food, it’s now. Get friends to bring in good things for you, to add to my good wishes. Bon courage.

  6. Jenn and Seth
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:05:16

    hope you get better soon! that is one seriously lovely cake!

  7. Sarvani @ baker in disguise
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:12:00

    oh no.. get well soon… the pain must be excruciating!!! and you still made this cake.. whick looks gorgeous!! love the colour of the caramel…

  8. Ei
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:12:36

    Oh no! Too painful for cake? You poor thing! I hope you mend up quickly!

    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:14:42

    YC, So sorry about your fall. Hope you’re feeling better soon…can’t believe you got off the sofa to bake this cake! It does looks lovely!

  10. thekalechronicles
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:14:50

    So sorry to hear about your ankle. The advice to stay off it is good: rest, ice, elevation, compression — I have had ankle surgery, ankle sprains and broken feet, so I know what I am talking about. The cake looks gorgeous.

  11. I'm At Home Baking (@imathomebaking)
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:17:01

    Oh no! I hope you did not break it! Your cake looks delicious 🙂

  12. Cindy Harris
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:27:09

    I’m so sorry! I hope you feel well sooner than later. Congrats for making the cake, I probably would have bagged it. Please take care!

  13. ceciliag
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:36:28

    I agree with roger, keep off that ankle and order IN! Love the cake, i shall pop up and eat it for you! c

  14. Dara
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 10:31:29

    I love this cake! It look so sweet and light. Well done.

  15. Ronda
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 10:40:26

    Ooooo,,,,that is so sad! It looks so tasty too. I hope you feel better soon!

  16. Cher
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 10:47:05

    Awww. Hope you are feeling better – that is a bummer 😦

  17. Geraldine Saucier
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 11:00:09

    Ouch! I hope your ankle gets better soon. Love the cake:)

  18. andi
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 11:12:38

    I came running when I saw that you had a cake posted……But then your ankle sorry to hear that and hope you heal fast and are up and about very soon. But the cake does look wonderful. andi

  19. squishymonster
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 11:58:09

    I adore any Chiffon style Cake–YUM!

  20. Baker on the Rise
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 12:26:34

    Feel better 🙂 Your cake looks great!

  21. Promenade Claire
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 12:33:47

    Oh yummy, that sounds terrible, have you had it checked out / x-rayed? I only ask as I wandered around for a week before I got my shoulder xrayed and discovered I’m fractured it !!
    Take care my friend, and well done for doing the baking, the cake sounds divine,

  22. Baking is my Zen
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 12:41:30

    Hats off to you Yummychunklet…you are so determined…feel better dear!


  23. Three Well Beings
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 13:00:07

    I’m so sorry about your accident, and hope you’re following advice and resting it! The cake looks great. I have some nectarines at home and this may be the ticket! Your determination to bake regardless of pain, and with no promise that you’ll even enjoy eating it at this time…I’m impressed! Take care!! Debra

  24. Choc Chip Uru
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 13:48:31

    Oh god my friend, I hope you are feeling better now! Eat three big chunks of your beautiful cake for recovery 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  25. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 15:41:42

    oh what a wonderful way to wrap up the end of summer using these beautiful nectarines with this cake. Love chiffon cake- loving it with the fruit even more! Great job

  26. Catherine Paulsen Daugherty
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 15:44:51

    What awful pain and on a long weekend too! I can’t even imagine going through all the steps of making this cake with your ankle hurting. It took me most of the afternoon! Get well soon! I have a love-hate relationship with this one, but ended up happy when eating it!! Fun baking with the group! Blessings, Catherine

  27. Norma Chang
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 16:12:36

    Hope your ankle mend fast. Lovely chiffon cake.

  28. Alice
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 16:50:00

    Your cake is beautiful! I hope you feel up to enjoying a piece of it!! I sure hope you recover quickly! Sounds terrible!!

  29. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 17:17:21

    Oh no. Katherine and I have both had toe injuries lately. It’s terrible hobbling around. Hope your ankle gets better soon. The cake looks like a great painkiller.

  30. Mary
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 17:53:42

    You poor, poor thing!! GET AN X-RAY!! Amazing you were able to make the cake – which looks absolutely gorgeous. So sorry you didn’t feel up to eating it – sending lots of love and good wishes your way and hope it heals very soon.
    Mary x

  31. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 18:25:50

    Your cake looks gorgeous! I hope you feel better soon.

  32. gfcelebration
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 18:42:04

    Hope your ankle is feeling better soon. Your cake is beautiful, with great presentation.

  33. Maureen
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 18:50:35

    You poor thing! I’m amazed that you made the effort to create this cake. Your perseverence is commendable but do take care of yourself. Uhh.. since you didn’t eat the cake, can I have it? 🙂

  34. Juliana
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 19:05:54

    The cake looks delicious, love your nectarine upside down cake, especially when it is chiffon cake 🙂
    Hope you are okay!

  35. caloricandcrazy
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 20:07:08

    The word “chiffon” sounds as delicate & elegant as the cake :)!

  36. hotlyspiced
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 20:09:43

    I love nectarines and I can’t wait for their season to start here in Sydney. What a beautiful looking chiffon cake. I love it. It must have amazing flavour xx

  37. Balvinder
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 20:23:22

    The cake looks gorgeous and tasty.
    Get better soon to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

  38. The Double Trouble Kitchen
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 20:43:49

    Boo hoo. So sorry to hear this. I can feel your pain. Boy do I hope there is still a slice of your beautiful cake left to enjoy!

  39. betsy
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 20:52:21

    Cake looks good. Hope your ankle feels better soon.

  40. kyleen
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 21:33:18

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle! I hope you feel better soon. Coincidentally, my younger brother actually sprained his ankle while playing frisbee this weekend and he had to hobble on the first day of school.

    This nectarine upside cake looks so yummy. I love how the cake has that huge honking piece of fruit on top.

  41. Christine
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 21:41:25

    Oh my dear! I’m so sorry to hear. Just speaking from personal experience, get the ankle x-rayed. I fell years ago and wound up able to walk around on it for over two days till my ankle turned many shades of purple and looked like a basketball. Two of the bones had multiple fractures. Please get it looked at. On the other hand if it’s a sprain you need to eat this cake now! And…it looks delicious. Feel better!!

  42. cakewhiz
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 00:50:22

    awwww…. sorry to hear about your ankle. hope you feel better soon 🙂
    i am still impressed you limped your way around the kitchen to make this fabulous cake! i have a thing for upside down cakes and this one looks super-delish!

  43. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 02:03:22

    That must have been some fall to keep you from eating that lovely cake! Hope you are on the mend soon!

  44. Bam's Kitchen
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 03:12:38

    Ouch! I hope you are on a quick recovery. Rest, ice, compress and elevate (RICE) and if not better soon, then you know what you need to do. Delicious looking upside down anything is on my list. My dad’s favorite cake is upside pineapple cake but this one with the fresh nectarines looks divine. Take Care, BAM

  45. libishski
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 05:04:24

    Oh, you poor thing! Hope you’re feeling a lot better today 🙂 xx

  46. kitchen flavours
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 06:25:55

    Kudos to you for baking this with a painful ankle! It looks wonderful! Hope your ankle recover soon! Take care!

  47. muppy
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 07:06:15

    oh dear, sorry to hear that. even food wouldn’t heal it – must be bad! does sound tasty.

  48. smarkies
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 08:13:12

    sorry to hear about your ankle. I can’t believe you still made the cake anyway – now that is what I call dedication!

  49. isthisakeeper
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 09:17:13

    That is dedication! So sorry to hear about the ankle…hope there is improvement soon!

  50. ambrosiana
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 11:40:44

    I hope your ankle heals soon. The cake looks delicious!

  51. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 11:52:33

    So sorry about your fall! 😦 Please take care of yourself and I wish you a speedy recovery. If it were me though, I’d have soothed my pain with a whole cake. This looks splendid!

  52. Purely.. Kay
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 13:18:52

    I’ve never heard of a nectarine upside down cake but I am all for this cake let me tell you lol. This looks AMAZING

  53. Louise
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 13:25:59

    I agree with Claire, Yummy. You really should get it checked out. Where oh where was that manhole cover anyway!!! Someone should be responsible for things like this. It’s just terrible!!!

    I can just imagine how disappointed you are after spending all that time with your cleanse and now this!!! I A desk once fell on my ankle when I was at an office, yep just toppled. I thought I could shake it off but it fractured a bone which couldn’t be fixed. That was 10 years ago and every now and again it still acts up. Please say you will get it checked, please…

    If there is none of that gorgeous cake left when you are better, I will bake you one myself!!! (just forget about all the times I have told you how I can’t bake though:)

    Feel better soon. Let us know how you’re doing…

  54. Amanda
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 13:47:06

    Oh NO! So sorry about your ankle, I am glad you didn’t break anything! And just when your cleanse was over!!!! I hope you feel better soon and can enjoy some food that you have been missing!

  55. Michelle Murphy Muse
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 16:34:02 looks so good! Sorry about your and ice!

  56. Holly
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 22:59:34

    I’m SO SORRY to hear of your fall 😦 thats awful! I hope your ankle heals quickly!! On a good note, this cake sounds wonderful! 🙂

  57. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 01:16:38

    Oh no, so sorry to hear about your injury. Hope you are feeling better now. Lately when I get injured it takes a long time to heal (must be my age, yikes). Take good care. Your nectarine upside down chiffon cake looks fabulous!

  58. Tandy
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 02:44:11

    Oh no! Have you tried using arnica to help the healing?

  59. loavesandstitches
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 07:19:25

    Oh no! I hope you feel better soon! The cake looks great and I am sorry you did not get to enjoy it. You’ll just have to make another one:)

  60. Beth
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 08:13:30

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle. I hope there’s some cake left for you too. Take care of yourself, and hope you’re better soon.

  61. Audrey Allure
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 09:01:47

    I hope your ankle feels better soon!

  62. Zen and Genki
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 09:44:37

    Oh no! Manhole accidents are never easy ones! I hope your ankle feels better soon.
    (The cake looks gorgeous!)

  63. jora
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 10:31:06

    I am so sorry about your ankle 😦 That’s no fun at all. I’m also incredibly impressed by your dedication. You made a beautiful cake! Feel better soon!!

  64. Ronda
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 12:13:49

    I hope you are feeling better now. I commented earlier in the week, but I have a question for you. Have you heard from Elaine at California Living since July 4? That is the last time I saw a tweet from her and her last blog update was July 3. I am getting worried!

  65. Jana ★
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 12:55:01

    Love it!!!
    Un besito

  66. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 13:27:51

    This past week I read an article about plums being better than nectarines and peaches for desserts. I was appalled! I will certainly be trying this recipe – we should send it into the plum followers and let them know that the nectarine and peach triumph.

  67. Ckay
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 14:26:44

    Oh dear! I hope you do feel better by now. I wish you a quick recovery! Hope you haven’t broken anything.
    You made a beautiful cake

  68. Chaya
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 19:02:23

    I feel your pain —no, I don’t —- I can only imagine it which can’t come close. I missed a step, a week ago and my knee has been hurting since, so I have a glimmer of what you are going through but not what you have described. I am so sorry, you are going through this and I am glad, you have seen progress. May you be 100 percent quickly.

    I forgot your cake with all this. It is my dream cake, I think. Sounds fabulous.

  69. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 20:13:21

    So sorry to hear about your ankle… what a drag, I hope you feel better soon.

    On a brighter note, the colours in this chiffon cake are spectacular!

  70. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 13:25:22

    Hope your ankle is back to normal now! This cake looks gorgeous, too bad you didn´t feel like having a slice!

  71. saffronandhoney
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 23:13:28

    Hope you’re feeling better, yummy! And this word, this cake looks delicious!

  72. Cakelaw
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 01:54:33

    Ow! Hope the ankle is starting to mend. A slice of this wonderful cake would be good medicine. Hope you had a good Labor Day weekend from then on.

  73. Anita Menon
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 09:59:21

    awwwww. I hope you feel better soon. Big Hug!
    Inspite of the pain you managed an upside down cake! that is remarkable!!!

  74. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 05:54:34

    Hope you are feeling better. This cake looks wonderful. I love the use of the seasonal plums!

  75. Sharon | Chinese Soup Pot
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 23:44:56

    Hello! So nice to stumble across your site today. I am so sorry to hear about your injured ankle. You are a strong person to stand in kitchen while your ankle is still wrapped up to make this nectarine upside down cake. It is lovely though! Hope you get better soon!

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