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Summer plums, are perfect for this kind of cake because they are so colorful and full of juice.  I think smallish ones work best because you can fit them in really tightly and get a really pretty mosaic effect when the cake is flipped over.  Any color will do, they’re all beautiful. To pit small plums, just run a sharp knife around them and gently twist the two halves apart.  One half will have the pit embedded in it—gently pry it out with the knife. I made one stupid mistake with this lovely cake…I chose to bake it in a spring form pan, even though I should have known that those ripe plums and that sea of caramelized sugar would combine to form a boatload of sticky plummy juice and that juice would likely seep through the bottom of the pan.  It did.  But even so, this cake was still really wonderful.  I can only imagine how great it would be if I had used the right pan (a glass pie pan or regular cake pan) Print Caramelized Plum Upside Down Cake Cook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 1- 9" cake Ingredients enough small, halved plums to cover the bottom of …


1- 9" cake

Total time

40 minutes


Breakfast, Dessert


  • enough small, halved plums to cover the bottom of your pan (I used about 12)
  • for the caramel:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • for the cake:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla paste (or extract)
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. oven to 350F
  2. Grease a 9" glass pie pan, or a nonstick cake pan. Fit the plum halves, cut side down, in the bottom of the pan. Try to fit as many in as you can without crushing them.
  3. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir to combine and heat to a boil. Without stirring, boil until a candy thermometer reaches 360F. Be careful, this caramel will be extremely hot. Pour the caramel over the plums.
  4. For the cake, cream the butter and the 3/4 cup sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time. Then add the sour cream and vanilla.
  5. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and add to the wet ingredients. Mix just until they are combined.
  6. Pour the batter over the plums, and spread out evenly.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes, and then flip it over. The best way to do this is to cover the top of the pan with a plate, and then in one swift move flip the whole thing over.
  9. View the recipe instructions at The View From the Great Island

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