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Plum Upside Down Cake

Plum upside cake is easy, recipe, put together in 15 minutes, and looks stunning when finished, adapted from Food and Wine Magazine.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts


Plums Topping

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 pounds plums pitted, sliced with skins on

Batter Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Get all ingredients in place, measured out and ready.

Prepare Plum Topping.

  • Melt 4 tablespoons in 10 inch cast iron pan.
  • Add brown sugar.
  • When sugar is melted in, add plums in concentric double layer and stir, making sure all plums are saturated.
  • If you are not baking in cast iron pan, pour brown sugar mixture in 9 inch baking dish and arrange plums.

Prepare batter

  • Whisk dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, salt. Set aside.
  • Separate eggs.
  • Beat egg whites until almost stiff. Set aside.
  • Cream 1/2 cup softened butter and sugar with a hand mixer or standing mixer. Set aside.
  • Add egg yolks one at a time to butter and sugar mixture. Beat one minute per egg.
  • Add in vanilla.
  • Add in flour mixture and milk in three sessions, ending in flour.
  • Gently fold in egg whites.
  • Pour batter over plums. Bake for 45- 50 minutes until tester comes out clean.
  • Using two pot holders, turn cake onto a flat plate.