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

Martha Stewart Living, August 2010


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.


Reviews (7)

83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 3 stars
I will try this recipe because of the positive reviews, but a 4 serving dessert hardly qualifies as a potluck dish.
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One of the best premier desserts to appear anywhere because it's sooo versatile & with minor preparation can be changed to suit personal tastes or available local fruits. Super impressive with fresh pitted cherries, to die for. Sprinkle top with Coconut Sugar for a great variation.
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I love this cake! I made 20 of these with various fruit for my sister's wedding. I have made it many many times since then and it turns out beautifully each time. Plums are still my favourite but apricots are wonderful! Such an easy easy recipe.
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This is a year round FAVORITE! Works not only with plums, but peaches, nectarines, or even frozen mixed berries. Very easy to whip up for a quick warm dessert anytime. And if you have any leftover, it's great with a steamy cup of coffee in the morning.
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My daughter made this for me, its delicious!
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This is one of my absolute favorite easy Summer recipes, I make it all the time! Usually I add a dash of vanilla extract and sprinkle a little less sugar on the top and it is delicious :)
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I made this cake for company while visiting Italy this past summer. It was a hit! (Especially with those italian plums.) The cake batter is the winner here - moist and simple. For a variation, I used the batter to make jam-filled cupcakes with a simple mascarpone frosting. I look forward to trying other variations since this is such an easy "Go-to" recipe.