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Plum Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Plum Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Since my husband liked pineapple upside-down cake, I decided to give this recipe a try one night when we were expecting guests for dinner. Everyone pronounced this cake "Delicious!" and asked for seconds.—Bobbie Talbott, Veneta, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 pounds fresh plums, pitted and halved
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • 1. Melt butter in a 10-in. cast-iron or oven proof skillet. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter. Arrange plum halves, cut side down, in a single layer over sugar; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until thick and lemon-colored; gradually beat in sugar. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Blend water and lemon extract; beat into batter. Pour over plums.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Immediately invert onto a serving plate. Serve warm with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 258 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 178 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Plum Upside-Down Cake

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"I made this with rhubarb (with a little extra sugar) for Easter last year. My family ate the whole thing. The cake itself is fabulous, so I'm sure it would be great with plums, too."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"it's sooo GOOD! this has to have five stars!! we put a less sugar and it was tart but, it was YUMMY!!"

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"made this for dessert tonight- not impressed at all for this recipe. the cake was very dense and heavy - not what I expected. and the recipe needed more sugar - following directions, the cake was very tart"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"I forgot to flip it immediately and it still came out mostly nicely."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"We have a Santa Rosa plum tree in our yard. I have made this recipe with our plums for the last four years. My co-workers and family beg for more plum cake."

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