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Upside Down Plum Cake

This beautiful and delicious plum upside down cake showcases a variety of plums in a gorgeous and simple-to-make dessert.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, dessert, plums
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9
Calories 386 kcal


Plum Topping

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5-6 ripe plums cut into 1/4 inch wedges


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 teaspoon cream of tartar

Fresh Whipped Cream Topping (Optional)

  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt


Plum Topping

  1. Melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter in a small pan. Add brown sugar and stir until it dissolves. If mixture if having trouble dissolving, try adding a teaspoon or two of water to help it along. Pour brown sugar mixture into your baking dish so it covers the bottom completely. Arrange plum wedges over the brown mixture sot hat the bottom of the pan is completely covered. Set aside.

Cake Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. In an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, and egg yolks one at a time.

  2. Sift together dry ingredients which include flour, baking powder, and salt, in a separate bowl. Beat in half of the flour mixture to mixing bowl, then the milk, and finally the other half of the flour mixture.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs whites and cream of tartar until slightly stiff. Gently fold into the cake batter one third at a time.

  4. Pour the batter onto the prepared pan and spread evenly over the plum topping. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top of the cake is browning, the middle is cooked through, and the cake is pulling way slightly from the pan edges. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto serving platter or cake plate. Add a dollop of whipped cream to each slice of cake (optional).

Whipped Cream (Optional)

  1. Whisk on high speed whipping cream, powdered sugar and a pinch of salt until medium to stiff peaks form, about 1 minute.

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Recipe Notes

Calorie estimates are based on the plum upside down cake without the optional whipped cream topping.

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Nutrition Facts
Upside Down Plum Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 154
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.1g26%
Saturated Fat 10.3g64%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 199mg9%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 56.7g19%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 39.5g44%
Protein 4.3g9%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.