Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Tale of Two Plum Cakes

A Tale of Two Plum Cakes

You know that old saying, "My eyes were bigger than my stomach"? Well, that certainly applies here, as you can see. Yes - I made three plum cakes. In one night. I got a little ahead of myself when I was slicing those pretty little plums, not paying attention to the fact that if I only made two small cakes I only needed to slice two plums. So what to do with all that extra, sweetened fruit? Make another cake, of course.

A Tale of Two Plum Cakes

When I started searching my files for plum-cake recipes I came up empty. I know! I'm as shocked as you probably are! I tend to slice my plums and eat them raw so this was actually the first time I have used them in a baked good. I'm glad I did, however, because now I have not one but two plum cakes sitting on my kitchen counter. How could that ever be considered a bad thing?

A Tale of Two Plum Cakes

You're probably reading this post and thinking, "Plum cakes? In October?" And while I agree that plums seem ... summery ... Serious Eats tells us that plums are indeed also harvested in this leaf-crunching, pumpkin-munching month. Plus I got six (!) of them for a dollar at the grocery store the other day. How could I pass that up? Suffice it to say I have plenty of plum recipes now, with two under my belt. I'm totally prepared for next "May through early October."

A Tale of Two Plum Cakes

I don't know what it's like where you live, but until the past couple of days summer had been doing its best to give us one last hurrah, with temperatures reaching into the high 80s several days. That is not when I want to be wearing a sweater and eating pumpkin pie. It's when I want to sit on the patio, drink iced, sweetened tea, and snack on a summery fruit cake. So that's what I did. And since there are a few more days left in this plum-producing month you can do the same thing.

Brown Butter Plum Cake by Patent and the Pantry (I made two small loaves, but next time I wouldn't because it was hard to nail down a baking time.)
Plum Yogurt Cake by Family Spice (I sliced the plums instead of dicing them.)

I have to say that I enjoyed both of these cakes but for different reasons. The recipe I used to bake in the small tins has a consistency reminiscent of pound cake; it has a dense crumb, that is. The second recipe has a creamier consistency but is less sweet, which means it cries out for a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. And just one more note: My mom thought the plums were apples after baking, so if you have a plum-aversed eater in your household just fib a little bit. I won't tell on you.

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16 comments:

  1. ooh yum, these look amazing. I love treats like this. And I love your title, very clever.
    My eyes are too bigger than my stomach...now they just got even bigger seeing these delicious cakes.
    thanks for sharing.

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  2. I don't think you can have too many plum cakes!!

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  3. I love plum cake, and these look gorgeous! I actually think of it as a Fall dessert, 'cause I use the prune plums that don't usually show up 'til September ....

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  4. Those little pound cakes look beautiful! I love plums and anything with browned butter.

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  5. these definitely deliver visually--i love the sunken plums you're a plum-cake-makin' machine!

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  6. These look so yummy, and I'm not even normally a fan of plums. Visiting from www.lifeisaparty.ca

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  7. These look wonderful. I cannot eat raw plums because of allergies however cooked they are fine. I am going to make this one soon.

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  8. I LOVE plums, Abby! And I wish I lived nearby, so I could "help" you with those gorgeous cakes! ;)

    If you need inspiration for your next plum purchase:
    http://gourmettraveller.com.au/blood-plum-clafoutis.htm

    xx

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  9. I love plums! never thought of a plum cake, though! looks delicious.

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  10. I've never had plum cake, but I have seen visions of something called "dimply plum cake" pop up every so often on the blogosphere. These cakes look really similar, and have the added bonus of not containing the word "dimply" in their title. :) Looks amazing!

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  11. Haniela: Thanks so much! Glad I'm not the only one with big-eyes affliction!

    Val: How right you are! And it's a good thing...

    Kathy: Thanks!

    Anna: The browned butter was my favorite part. So good and nutty tasting.

    Grace: They are pretty, aren't they?

    Nicole: Give them a try! When baked they're definitely appley.

    Marina: Thanks so much!

    Dee: I'm so glad you get to share in these wonderful recipes!

    Patricia: Come on over! I'll save you a piece and a mug of coffee.

    Cakeje: They make a nice ingredient! Give them a try some time.

    Maddie: I think the "dimply" recipes are of Dorie Greenspan fame, because I saw some of those, too! But I went a different route with amazing results. Thanks!

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  12. lol, no need to lie to the kiddos! They love mush fruit cakes (desserts)! I'm leaning towards the brown butter recipe. :) I'm sure you can figure out why. :)
    ~ingrid

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  13. I don't think I've ever had a plum cake before, so I'm pretty sure I'd be happy if I had 2 of them!!

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  14. Whoa - these look incredible! You are such a talent in the kitchen.

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