Right-Side-Up Plum Cake

My in-laws received an ornamental plum tree as a house warming gift over thirty years ago. It always bloomed beautifully but only began producing right-side-up plum cakesfruit about ten years ago. Each year it seems the fruits become bigger and tastier. The last few years we have begun picking the fruits and making jams and pies. This year the fruits were so plentiful that they had to prop several of the branches up so the fruits would not snap them with the weight.

With so many plums, we needed a quicker and easier idea of what to do with them. We had already made plum spice jam but that involved a lot of time and energy. We had been eating plums by the fistfuls but we were getting kind of sick of them.

I was flipping through my grandmother’s cookbook and came across her recipe for her “right-side-up apple cake” and I thought why not do this with plums instead? Thus, our “right-side-up plum cake” that turns out to be easy and super delicious! They also freeze great so the nice bonus is that we made eight cakes and put them in our freezers for the holiday season.

We used the disposable aluminum foil square 9×9 baking dishes that are great for freezing. Be sure to grease them liberally with non-stick cooking spray.  This recipe makes one pan of cake but it is easily doubled or tripled to make more all in one go.

In a large bowl melt ½ a cup of butter. Beat in ¾ cup of white sugar and two eggs along with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Once beaten well, add in 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

cake mixture

Pour the cake batter into the baking dish.

cake batter in pans

Slice plums in half length-wise and remove the pit. Place the plum halves cut side down on top of the cake batter filling the pan.

plums in cake

In a small bowl, mix together ¼ cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of the plums.

plum cakes ready for the oven

Place the cake in the oven at 350◦F for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool before slicing and serving or cool completely before covering tightly with two sheets of aluminum foil before freezing.

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2 responses to “Right-Side-Up Plum Cake”

  1. Eliza Waters says :

    What a great recipe – I bet it tastes divine!

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