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Plum Upside-Down Cake

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.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-3/4 to 2 pounds medium plums, pitted and halved
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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


  • Melt butter in a 10-in. cast-iron or ovenproof skillet. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter. Arrange plum halves, cut side down, in a single layer over sugar; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Immediately invert onto a serving plate. Serve warm, with whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 245 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • JulieGr
    Dec 22, 2018

    This cake had good flavor but the cake was very dense. I will not make this again, ended up throwing it out.

  • Ellie31773
    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.

  • sheilamear
    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!!

  • smithlynda
    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

  • keverwann
    Aug 8, 2010

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

  • ShirleyMatson
    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.

  • bellanorth
    Nov 7, 2009

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