Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We flip for plums

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is courtesy of Becky of Project Domestication.  She picked a fun recipe--Flip Over Plum Cake.  The first thing you might think is that this is a recipe for an upside-down cake.  But it's much easier than that--the cake and fruit do the flipping all on their own.  You melt butter in a baking dish in the oven, then pull it out, pour in cake batter, top it with fruit, and stick the dish back in the oven.  After baking, the fruit and cake have magically traded places so that you have something more like a fruit cobbler.

I only had a pound of plums, so I made half the recipe.  I thought about using one of my 8" square baking pans, but then remembered my oval casserole dish, which seemed much more photogenic. =)  I pretty much followed the recipe as written, except that I left out the almond extract and used all vanilla. I baked my cake for 40 minutes.  That might have been just a bit too long, but not enough to be a problem.  

The verdict?  I really enjoyed this one!  I especially liked the crispy/chewy browned edges.  It was lovely with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and made a great breakfast.  Jamie and Brianna liked the cake too, but Gillian was not thrilled.  I definitely want to make this recipe again--and I'm already trying to figure out what other fruit would work well.  

If you'd like to try this one for yourself, you can find the recipe on Becky's blog.  And to see what other variations people came up with, check out this week's Links.  


  1. We enjoyed it for breakfast too! Im glad you liked this recipe! I loved all the buttery goodness!
    Happy Fall Baking!

  2. I wasn't sure about this one when it was baking but I really liked this when it was done. Yours looks great!

  3. I want to try this one with other fruits too! There was a lot of variety in the other posts, so plenty of inspiration. Your cake looks delicious :)

  4. I made mine with apples and it was delicious! Yours looks lovely.

  5. This was one yummy recipe. It's the first time baking with plums. I want to make it again soon. I ate the leftovers for breakfast, delish!

  6. Our flip cake experiences were nearly identical - I chose an oval dish also, solely because it's photgenic! Next time I'll bake mine a minute or two shorter also, but not if I lose the golden brown edges.