Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Flip-Over Plum Cake
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was picked by Becky of Project Domestication. She chose the Flip-Over Plum Cake. This is a really simple to put together cake that is very interesting. You start with the cake batter on the bottom and the plums on the top, but when it’s done baking, the plums become the base and the cake is on the top. You can get the complete recipe on Becky’s blog and also check out the links on the Tuesdays with Dorie page. Since plums weren’t available for everyone, there are lots of variations this week.
This calls for Italian (prune) plums, which are not always easy to find. I like plums and eat them a lot when they are in season. I hadn’t bought any in a while and I was worried that I’d have trouble finding them. After a fun filled weekend, I stopped at the regular grocery store and much to my surprise, they had Italian plums (and they were inexpensive, too!). I bought a bunch and happily went home to make the cake.
I hadn’t read the recipe before I started, but it was very easy to make. No mixer required, just a bit of hand mixing. I thought it might be like an upside down cake, but instead the flipping happens while baking. I let this cool and then hopefully cutting a clean piece to photograph. These sorts of things are so hard to photograph, but what they may lack in beauty they make up in taste. My husband thought that I had used rhubarb, but I didn’t get that at all. I guess the plums are a bit tart, but I knew what was in it so to me it tasted like plums! This was a fun cake to make and gave me a chance to try Italian plums for the first time.
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, on page 42