Monday, October 4, 2010

Plum Cake Tatin

My favorite show on the Food Network is Barefoot Contessa and when I saw that I had 7 plums in my Bountiful Basket this week I knew what I wanted to make with them...Plum Cake Tatin!

Plum Cake "Tatin"


  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the dish
  • 10 to 12 purple "prune" plums, cut in half and pitted
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Confectioners' sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 9-inch glass pie dish and arrange the plums in the dish, cut side down.

Combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color, about 360 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Swirl the pan but don't stir. Pour evenly over the plums.

Meanwhile, cream the 6 tablespoons of butter and the remaining 3/4 cup of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Lower the speed and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the sour cream, zest, and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and, with the mixer on low speed, add it to the butter mixture. Mix only until combined.

Pour the cake batter evenly over the plums and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate. If a plum sticks, ease it out and replace it in the design on top of the cake. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar.

Here's a tip...make sure you put the pie plate on a sheet pan before baking or have something in the bottom of your oven in case the plum juices run over.

The tatin turned out perfectly and was really easy to make. Andrew raved about it, as he does about anything I make, but I appreciate it anyway. ;)


  1. Looks VERY good!
    Love the damask, but I'm still not too sure how your "B basket" works. Remind me next time I see you K?

  2. It looks so good. I've already eaten most of my plums, but when we get them again, I will have to try it.

  3. you're turning into quite the chef... way to go!!!