This Ina Garten-Approved Hack Keeps Fruit and Nuts from Sinking to the Bottom of Your Cakes

published Jul 23, 2022
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Want to use fruit to beautify your baked goods and add fresh sweetness, but worried about them sinking to the bottom? According to pastry chef @austrianwithwuff (and Ina Garten), it’s easier than you think.

The gluten-free baker — simply known as Daniela — took to her Instagram account to post a video on how to keep your fruit on top of your batter while baking and it’s so easy, you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing it sooner. To properly achieve this method, simply dip the bottom of your fruit in flour before placing it on top of the batter.

To prove her point, the baker used peaches in the video and gave a step-by-step showing of how to do it. First, you’ll cut the peaches into thin slices using a sharp knife. Try to cut them evenly and make them all the same size for a consistent look on your dessert. Next, pour flour into a bowl. (Please note it doesn’t have to be a wheat-based flour. You can use almond flour or other gluten-free flours.) Dip the bottom of each fruit slice into the flour, then place them carefully on top of your batter. And voila! You’ll have sweet treats topped with fresh fruit without worrying about the beautiful fruit sinking to the bottom and ruining your aesthetic creation. 

For more fruity recipes that will also make you want to indulge your sweet tooth while having fun in the kitchen, check out this jammy blueberry compote that tastes good with everything, or the five-ingredient strawberry glaze that’s just the right accompaniment to a vegan cheesecake recipe.