Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Dimply Plum Cake

piece of plum cake with fork

[recipe here]

After the glorious abundance of cookies over the past few weeks, I read a little grumbling on the blogs of my fellow TWD'ers about the amount of chocolate we were using. To that I say: There can never be too much chocolate. However, the grumblers got a bit of a respite this week, since Michelle of Bake-En chose the Dimply Plum cake. Despite the lack of chocolate, it was a very tasty treat! ;)

pile of plums

I was lucky enough to find some of the Italian prune plums in our local market, from Red Jacket Orchards. They looked gorgeous, but the pits were tenacious and I had to really pry some of 'em out.

spreading the batter in the pan

The batter came together easily. I stuck to Dorie's flavoring suggestion and used a drop of the Supreme Spices' cardamom. The batter itself was so tasty—I really liked the subtle mix of orange and cardamom.

plum halves on top of batter

Since the prune plums were an oblong shape, the plum halves were quite tall, and I kind of thought they weren't going to end up being "dimples".

cake in the oven

Luckily, I was wrong :)

cake just out of the oven

There was so much liquid in the plums when the cake came out of the oven! After the required 15-minute cool time, it hadn't all been absorbed back into the fruit, so I gave it another 15 minutes. It still wasn't all absorbed, but at that point I was too impatient to wait any longer, so I flipped it out of the pan.

cake after cooling

The cake tasted very good, and the plums were really juicy and delicious. Personally, I liked it even better the second day, when the cake got even moister and the flavors melded together.

tea set

We got this lovely tea set from one of A.'s coworkers, and I had to photograph it!

piece of plum cake with fork

Yet another delicious TWD success. Now go look through the blogroll and get the recipe from Michelle's blog for the recipe!

26 comments:

The Food Librarian said...

Yummy! Those plums look fantastic! And I love that tea set.

n.o.e said...

OK, so your cake looks prettier than Dorie's. Shhh, don't tell her I said that. I'm typically a chocolate kind of girl, but this cake really bowled me over. Yours is so dimplishly perfect - those Italian plums are stunning. Just the thing to go with tea!
Nancy

PheMom said...

Gorgeous photos as always - and sharing pictures of blog-worthy wedding loot - love that!!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks so good--plums have such beautiful color! i also used to buy plums from red jacket (and cider!) at the greenmarket when we lived in brooklyn...i miss them!

Marthe said...

Your plum cake look very nice!! I can almost taste it!!
I'm not a plum-fan, but was surprised to find out that I actually liked this cake

Lori said...

I had trouble with extra juiciness in the plums too, which wasn't helped by my addition of extra brown sugar on top of each one. That photo of the plums is amazing, by the way.

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, Italian prune plums!! Love that you used them for the cake (which looks wonderful to me!!).

Sarah said...

Yum...looks perfect! Great job! And I love the tea set...so pretty!

CB said...

Gorgeous gorgeous photos as always! What kind of camera do you have again? Wait. Don't tell me. I bet its a frillion dollars and I couldn't afford it! HAHA. I agree I loved this cake more the 2nd day for breakfast. YUM!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Amy said...

Best looking cake I've seen today!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Beautiful job! Your dimples are perfect. The photos are lovely too!

BAKE-EN said...

Wow, beautiful photos! After reading your post, I can't wait to try the cake tomorrow.

Di said...

Beautiful job, as always. Maybe you could send some of your extra liquid my way, since my cake and apples were too dry. =) Love the tea set. I drink a lot of tea, but don't really have anything pretty to put it in.

Prudy said...

Gorgeous as always. How did you do it? Everything you photograph is sheer art. I love your new tea set too.

Natashya said...

Great photos! And I love your tea set.

HoneyB said...

Great photos! I didn't seem to have the water issues you had. Must be my plums weren't as "juicy"!

Kayte said...

Gorgeous photos and post...those plums are so great looking...in and out of the batter. Wonderful job on the cake! Yum. Any leftovers?

Tracey said...

Gorgeous photos! Your cake looks delicious. I used the italian plums as well and thought they were great for this cake.

Cathy said...

Wow -- now those are some dimples!! Your photos are simply stunning.

Anne said...

Wow, the cake looks even better than the one in the book! Great job! :)

Engineer Baker said...

I love how much the plums sunk into the cake - so pretty! Lovely tea set too.

Christine said...

The tea set is so pretty. Photos and cake are beautiful, great job!

Erin said...

This looks so beautiful and delicious! I liked it, but I agree with you- there can never be too much chocolate!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

i think that's the most perfect dimply plum cake I've seen!!

SiHaN said...

your final cake looks so tantalizing. Great work! the dimples really sunk in very well.

Y said...

Beautiful cake! Love how golden it is :)

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