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Delicious Plum Upside-Down Cake

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Delicious Plum Upside-Down Cake

 

 

 

Are you looking for a unique dessert that combines the rich flavors of caramel and juicy plums? Look no further! This Plum Upside-Down Cake is not only a feast for the eyes but also a delight for the taste buds. Perfect for a cozy afternoon tea or a special dinner party, this cake is bound to impress. Here’s a detailed recipe to guide you through creating this beautiful and delicious cake.

Ingredients

For the Caramel Topping

1/2 cup unsalted butter

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1 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 tablespoons honey

3-4 ripe plums, pitted and sliced

For the Cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

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1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

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3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Caramel Topping

 

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Melt Butter and Sugar: In a small saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and honey until dissolved. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is bubbly and thickened, about 5 minutes.

Arrange Plums: Pour the caramel mixture into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Arrange the plum slices in a circular pattern on top of the caramel, slightly overlapping each slice.

Step 2: Prepare the Cake Batter

 

Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.

Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Mix in the vanilla extract.

Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined; do not overmix.

Step 3: Assemble and Bake the Cake

 

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Pour Batter Over Plums: Carefully pour the cake batter over the arranged plums and caramel, spreading it evenly with a spatula.

Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool: Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges to loosen the cake, then invert it onto a serving plate. Let the cake cool slightly before serving.

Step 4: Serve

 

Slice and Enjoy: Slice the cake into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature. This cake is delicious on its own or paired with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tips for Success

 

Use Ripe Plums: Ensure the plums are ripe but firm to maintain their shape during baking.

Room Temperature Ingredients: Bring all your ingredients to room temperature before starting for a smoother batter and better rise.

Even Slices: Slice the plums evenly for a beautiful presentation and even cooking.

This Plum Upside-Down Cake is a delightful combination of sweet, tart, and buttery flavors. The caramel topping seeps into the cake, making it moist and irresistible. Perfect for any occasion, this cake is sure to become a favorite in your dessert repertoire. Enjoy baking and savoring this delightful treat!

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