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Plum Upside-Down Cake

Let the cake rest no longer than 10 minutes before turning it out or the topping may stick. If it does stick, dip the pan bottom in hot water, then try turning it out again.

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  • Servings: 8
Plum Upside-Down Cake

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2003

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 medium plums (about 12 ounces), halved, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 4 tablespoons butter in an 8-inch square cake pan. Heat in oven until butter melts, about 4 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange the plum slices like rooftop shingles. Start at one end of the pan, then stagger and overlap the slices so the bottom of the pan is covered.

  2. In a large bowl, cream remaining 8 tablespoons butter with sugar and lemon zest. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, salt, and allspice. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk and starting and ending with the flour.

  4. Pour batter into cake pan, and spread evenly over plums. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, then invert cake onto wire rack to cool again slightly before serving.

Reviews (1)

  • lorisun 9 Sep, 2011

    This cake came out yummy and beautiful just like the photo. I used Italian Prune Plums from my CSA box instead of regular plums. I substituted all-purpose flour for the cake flour using the same measurements. I also used Pensey's Baking Spice instead of allspice.

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