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Plum Skillet (not in a skillet) Cake

In Cakes on August 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

i'm so glad i clipped it from a magazine

I was killing time at a friend’s house and caught myself flipping through Martha Stewart Living. Toward the back of the magazine, there were some summery seasonal recipes, and one of them was this: the Plum Skillet Cake. It was very easy to make and reliant on the freshness and quality of the plums.

It turned out wonderfully; perfectly spongy and dense. The best part about it was that it wasn’t all that sweet, which allowed the richness of the plum slices to add tang. Next time I’ll be using more plums and probably use a bigger pan so that it turns out thinner. I’m also thinking of making a little spicy plum jam to eat it with.

the last piece!

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I actually can’t find the blasted recipe cut-out, but found a recipe that sounds about right somewhere else online for a cherry skillet cake. So here’s the skillet cake recipe part and I edited it accordingly. **I used one perfectly ripened plum, and one slightly firm one.

Plum Skillet Cake

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup organic whole wheat all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon course salt
¾ cup sugar
1 large egg
½ cup low-fat buttermilk
2 ripe plums

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash, pit  and finely slice plums. Butter an 8 inch cast-iron skillet (or in my case, a 10-in square cake pan) and dust it with about a tablespoon of flour, tapping out the excess flour. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until well combined.  Then add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, alternating between the two (a little flour, a little buttermilk, a little flour, a little buttermilk, etc.).

Scrape the batter into the prepared skillet. You will be surprised at how little batter this makes so no sneaking bites. You might even choose to use a hand held mixer for this cake.

Fan the sliced plums out on top of the batter, and sprinkle a small handful of brown sugar on top of the plums and cake batter.

Leave it in for about 30 minutes and enjoy!