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Plum Upside-Down Cake

This beautiful Plum Upside-Down Cake features plums in a delicious butterscotch sauce on top of a tender spiced cake. The cake recipe is easy to make and can be used to make a variety of upside-down cakes. Try this recipe with nectarines, peaches, pineapple, and even blueberries.

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Plum Upside Down Cake on white dish with fresh plums in background.

This Plum Upside-Down Cake is a flavourful dessert with a cake base spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. The cake is tender and moist and the plums are baked in a mixture of butter and brown sugar and become caramelized, jammy and sweet. This is a cake that will certainly become a favourite in your household.

Plum cake with slice removed.

How to Make a Plum Cake

Though it does take a bit of work to slice the plums, this pretty plum cake is easy to make. The ingredients needed to make this fresh plum cake from scratch are basic baking ingredients.

Ingredients Overview:

  • Plums. There are many varieties of plums, you can use your favourite for this recipe, just make sure the fruit is ripe but still firm.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Sour cream
  • One egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking soda
  • Ground cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. You don't need to use all three spices if you don't have them or there is one you don't like!

If you take the time to arrange the plum slices by slightly overlapping them in concentric circles on top of the brown sugar and butter, the cake comes out looking beautiful.

Tips for Successful Cake Making:

  • When slicing the plums try and get even slices.
  • Melt the butter in the cake pan in the oven as it's warming up. Once the butter is melted just add the brown sugar and spread it evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  • When adding the cake batter over the plums, make sure to gently spread the batter so that you don't disrupt the pattern of plums.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan on a cake rack for 10 to 15 minutes before running a knife around the edges of the cake and inverting the cake onto a serving plate.
Plum Upside-Down Cake on white dish with slice removed to the side.

This is a great recipe to use when you feel like being creative. You can easily switch the fruit portion to what's in season and to suit your tastes. If you can't find plums, try making this cake with fresh peaches, nectarines or pineapple.

How to Serve

Serve this plum cake warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. If serving leftovers stored in the refrigerator, let the cake come to room temperature before serving. 

How to Store

This cake can be stored loosely covered at room temperature for a couple of days. For longer storage, cover cake and store in the refrigerator up to 5 days. 

If you have leftover plums you're not sure what to do with, try making this Small Batch Plum Jam, it's what I love to make with extra plums!

Enjoy!

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Plum Upside Down Cake on white dish with fresh plums in background.

Plum Upside-Down Cake

Adapted from Martha Stewart
This beautiful Plum Upside-Down Cake features plums in a delicious butterscotch sauce on top of a tender spiced cake. The cake recipe is easy to make and can be used to make a variety of upside-down cakes. Try this recipe with nectarines, peaches, pineapple, and even blueberries.
4.88 from 16 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert, Dessert/ snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients
  

Topping (Plum Layer)

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • 4-5 fresh plums you'll need enough plums to cover the bottom of an 8 inch pan, pitted and thinly sliced.

Cake

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream at room temperature, I used full-fat
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom optional
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger optional
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the middle of the oven and heat oven to 325ºF.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of butter to an 8 inch cake pan. While the oven is preheating, place the pan in the oven to melt the butter. Add 1/3 cup brown sugar to the pan and spread it so that it evenly covers the bottom of the pan. Arrange the sliced plums in concentric circles and overlapping the slices slightly. Set the pan aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, add the butter and brown sugar and beat on medium-high for 3 minutes or until mixture is fluffy.
  • Add the egg and beat until blended.
  • Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  • Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl before gradually adding the flour mixture on low-speed. Once the flour has been incorporated, increase the speed of the mixer and beat until batter is smooth, don't over-beat the batter.
  • Spoon batter into the pan and spread it gently and evenly onto the plums.
  • Bake for approximately 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool cake on wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before running a knife along the side of the pan. Place a serving plate over the cake pan and invert cake onto the plate.

  • Serve the cake warm or at room temperature. Cake can be served plain or with lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Notes

1. When slicing the plums try and get even slices.
2. Spread the cake batter gently over the plums so you don't undue the concentric pattern of plums.
3. Let the cake cool in pan on a cake rack for 10 to 15 minutes before running a knife around the edges of the cake and inverting the cake onto serving plate.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 134mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 502IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Plum Cake, Plum Upside-Down Cake, Upside-Down Cake
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This post wast originally published in September 2019. It has been updated. The recipe remains unchanged.

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Natalie Leroux

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Lovely Recipe! I was gonna combine peaches and plums but I ended up just doing plum since I had enough of them. Turned out great, the combo of butter and brown sugar tastes like its coated in honey, which I may add next time :) I did notice that the instructions and amounts are different for the butter in the topping, the ingredients listing 2 tbsp while the instructions said 3. I used 3 just in case and it definitely is a lot of butter but still very very delicious!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 19th of September 2021

Hello Natalie, thank you for writing and letting me know how this recipe went for you. So happy to hear you enjoyed it. You are correct about the discrepancy in the amount of butter. I checked and it's three tablespoons. I've made the correction .

reema patel

Monday 13th of July 2020

This cake turned out absolutely delicious and the recipe was super easy to follow, definitely recommend making this!!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Thank you Reema for leaving a comment and letting me know how much you enjoyed the recipe. I appreciate you taking the time to write .

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