There are a lot of good things about being a parent. But there are also some pretty lame parts about being a parent. You know what one of the worst parts of being a parent is? When you have to be mean mommy. You know… you have to insist that naps are indeed necessary, even when the park is still way more fun. You have to take away the favorite truck after it is thrown across the room. You have to explain over and over again that food goes in our mouths, not on the floor. Basically, you have to be the meanest mom ever.
Being the meanest mom ever is hard. Sometimes I just want to take a break and be “best mom ever”, you know? Even if it only lasts for a minute or two, before I have to go back to the meanness for which I am infamous throughout my household. So, yesterday, after a rough morning full of cruelty and injustices on my part, I decided to put away my witch’s broom and make my little munchkin something nice, in hopes it would turn our day around.
While my guy was napping, his little sister and I made him a cake. Not just any cake, either, but one with blueberries and nectarines, his two favorite things at the moment. A snack cake, one he can eat holding his piece in one chubby little fist. Mixing up the batter, slicing the fruit, sprinkling sugar over the top, helped me calm down a bit, and by the time my little guy woke up, the aroma of buttermilk cake was wafting around the house and I was once again feeling pretty good about all this mommy stuff.
The cake put a smile on the boo’s face, and what’s more, it was really, really good. It’s unbelievably moist, fragrant with buttermilk and poppy seeds, and jammy chunks of nectarine and berries. And it has a crackly, sugary crust on top, and crispy corners. Of course, it only took three minutes before it was shared with the dog, causing me to pull the mean mommy card again and call an end to the cake party. It’s ok. More cake for me.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, room temp
- 2/3 cup, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons poppyseeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 medium nectarine
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 cake pan, or an 8" or 9" round, and line it with parchment.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a mixer, beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy, then mimx in vanilla. Add the egg and beat well.
At low speed, mix in half of the flour mixture, followed by the buttermilk, and then the rest of the flour mixture. Mix until only just combined, then stir in poppy seeds.
Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top. Arrange sliced nectarines over the top and then sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. (A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean.) Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.