Plum Skillet Cake

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

This plum-topped dessert is baked in a skillet and yields a moist, tender cake. You can also use an 8-inch cake pan.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for skillet

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for skillet

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • Coarse salt

  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk

  • 2 ripe medium plums, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch ovenproof skillet(preferably cast-iron); dust with flour, tapping out excess.Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat butter and 3/4 cup sugar with a mixeron medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg. Addflour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk.

  2. Pour batter into prepared skillet, and smooth topwith an offset spatula. Fan plums on top, and sprinkle withremaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake until goldenbrown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes outclean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool slightly.

    Tara Donne
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