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Plum and Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Updated on July 14, 2013
Plum and Blueberry Upside Down Cake
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5 stars from 1 rating of Plum and Blueberry Upside Down Cake

At our house we love sweets. So we make a lot of pies because it's just so darn easy. Apple pies, pear pies, peach cobblers, blackberry cobblers ... We love making just about any kind you can think of, especially with some amazing homemade ice cream! How much healthier can dessert get? Fresh fruit, real ingredients, and homemade ice cream is about as good as it gets.

But sometimes we crave just a little bit more, so we make brownies, muffins, and cakes as well. This recipe kind of gives us everything we want from a dessert. Not only is it the moist sweet cake on the bottom, but it's the gooey yummy tart fruit on top that really makes this dessert great. And it's just incredibly beautiful to boot.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: Serves 12 people one square of cake

Ingredients

  • 4 large black plums, sliced
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons + 1/3 cup butter, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 9 inch cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a small saute pan on the stove, heat your 3 tablespoons of butter and your brown sugar until the butter is melted and begins to boil. Pour this into the bottom of your sprayed cake pan and evenly distribute it across the bottom of the pan. Set aside to cool.
  3. In one small bowl, combine your flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  4. In another larger bowl cream together your 1/3 cup of butter and your 1 cup of sugar, with a hand mixer, until light and fluffy.
  5. In that same bowl with your sugar mixture, beat your egg and vanilla, and then add in your flour mixture and milk. Mix well.
  6. At this point, cut into each of your plums and slice them super thin.
  7. Arrange them around the edges of the bottom of your cake pan, overlapping them just slightly, and then pour your blueberries into the center. Make sure that the entire bottom of your cake pan is covered in fruit.
  8. (Make it pretty because this is going to be the top of your cake when it's done.)
  9. Finally, pour the batter you've created over the top of your fruit, covering it completely.
  10. Pop it into the oven and bake it for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Upon removing from the oven, immediately run a knife around the sides of the pan in order to loosen cake and make sure it's not sticking anywhere.
  12. Place a heatproof serving plate upside down onto the top of the pan, and turn the plate and the cake pan upside down to distribute your cake to the serving plate.
  13. Make sure to leave the pan on top of the cake for at least 5 minutes so the brown sugar topping can drizzle over the top of the cake.
  14. After 5 minutes, you can safely remove the cake pan.
  15. Feel free to serve your delicious cake warm or cold. Yummy!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/12 of a 9 inch square cake
Calories 229
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Carbohydrates 36 g12%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 19 mg6%
Sodium 196 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Personal Review

Some people like to make their upside down cakes with regular cake mixes. That's definitely a super easy way to do the same thing, but we like making our recipes from scratch.

Any cake mix would do. Same recipe: brown sugar mixture on the bottom, then fruit, then chosen cake mix. Chocolate cake is amazing with this recipe, and substitute in cherries or raspberries rather than blueberries for another great version.

Fruit that's great with white or yellow cake would definitely be peaches, apples, and cranberries. There are so many great versions, it's hard to go wrong.

When using this recipe as is, it's important to use black plums. They turn pink when cooked for a really gorgeous display. Any other type of plums will look more like peaches. They'll still taste great but won't be nearly as beautiful.

I really think my husband loves it when I make the "fancy" desserts for him, because we can have pie and ice cream any night. What's funny though, is even though this dessert looks really fancy, it's no more difficult to make than our normal desserts. But don't tell him that.

I recommend this one to everyone! Why have another pineapple upside down cake, when you can have one adorned with beautiful plums and blueberries?

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thanks! Unfortunately it doesn't always come out this pretty, like any other recipe, but it made up for looks with deliciousness. lol It was definitely a dessert we will be making again and again. I'm so glad you like it!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      This is really beautiful. I've never baked with plums before. I can totally picture this presentation on a Christmas table. My grandmother used to make pineapple upside down cakes at Christmas. She made hers in a rectangle pan. I like the way you make yours in a round pan. Looks delicious!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thanks! My husband loved it too. Don't be afraid to try it with different types of fruits and berries. Pears and blueberries make a good pair too.

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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Great recipe. I will make this as soon as i gather all the ingredients (today). Thanks for sharing. It sounds delicious.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Just thinking about this recipe makes me want it again. Lol I'm so glad you liked it. :)

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      Wacky Mummy 4 years ago from UK

      That looks delicious *makes mental note to try the recipe out* great hub, thanks for including the nutritional info too, it's really useful :) the picture has made me hungry though!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Updated! Thanks! I don't think strawberries would work on this one, but it's worth a try. :) Thanks for voting up!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Lol You don't normally cook your cakes for 70 hours? I was wondering why it had to take so long and why they were coming out so hard. Lol Just kidding. Thanks for letting me know. I'll get on and change it to minutes. :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i think you got the cooking time wrong. Total of 70 hours to bake this cake!! Maybe you should have a look at the time. Anyway, I did try pineapple upside down cake. Strawberry would be my first time. Voted up