Thursday, 7 January 2010

Plum upside down cake

Why did i have the urge to make this cake? Well, we had guests over for a meal during the Christmas hols and since i was recovering from the long vacation i had just taken i decided to pick up dessert from sainsburys instead of painstakingly making one. I picked up a Plum upside down cake and man it was glorious. Loved it to the last bite and then went back and got more. The Christmas season was soon over and so was the cake. I needed some more and so decided to try it at home and that's it I'm done with trying it at home :)
The plums were a little tarty/sour and i wonder why..also, if at all i try it again, i think il go for the canned plums/peaches/pineapple.

For the topping
Ripe, firm red plums- 5, cut into 8 wedges each
Butter- 1 tbs
Brown sugar- 1/4 cup

For the cake
All purpose flour- 1 cup
White granulated sugar- 2/3 cup
Baking soda- 1/4 tsp
Baking powder- 3/4 tsp
Yogurt- 2/3 cup
Egg- 1 large
Salt- a pinch
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Nutmeg- a pinch (optional)
Cinnamon powder- 1/4 tsp (optional)

Preheat the oven to 175C, butter an 8 inch pan and keep ready.
Pit the plums and slice into 8 wedges each. In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar and all the plums to this sauce. Cook them until the sugar dissolves and the juices from the plums become syrupy.
Arrange them as below and spoon the rest of the syrup over the plums.
In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking pwd, baking soda, the nutmeg, cinnamon pwd and salt.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar and butter till light and fluffy. To this add the egg and milk, mix well. Pour in the flour mix bit by bit and combine well. Pour the batter over the plums and bake until a tooth pick comes out clean, about 50 to 55 mins.
Cool on a rack and after about an hour invert the cake onto a plate.

Notes: When you cook the plums make sure you don't over do it because they can actually come apart
Be extremely careful while turning the cake upside down, because, as you can see, mine hasn't come out that great..patience is a good thing to have while doing this :)
There was a distinct taste of cinnamon which i really didn't like and id suggest you avoid it unless you are a big fan of the flavour.

I am also thoroughly excited because Reflections has awarded me with my first ever blog award. Thank you so so much. I am not too sure how this is done but I'm anyway flaunting it here. Do tell me if I'm wrong. I am also not sure if i have to tag others..which i shan' i leave it to whoever follows it to feel free and grab the award. I tho am thoroughly pleased (huge grin).


My Experiments with Food said...

Wow! This is the first time I am hearing of Plum upside down cake.
And I can see that the cake would have required a lot of patience. The plums looks so delicate!

An Open Book said...

yeah same here..i saw it fr the first time in store as well.

s said...

My first time here...plum is an interesting and novel idea..

An Open Book said...

S..thanks for stopping by

Shades of Grey said...

I think it looks so pretty! I want to eat it.

Reflections said...

Wow the cake looks yummy!!!!

U've done it right...the award I mean:-)

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