Saturday, August 6, 2011

Yum Plum Skillet Cake



It's plum time here in the Garden State. They are showing up at farmer's markets right about now.

I found some juicy black plums and knew they were destined for this skillet cake.



This is another easy cake recipe from Ms. Stewart (no relation to Mr. Stewart). Her baking recipes never fail.
You can substitute peaches or apples if you don't have plums, any stone fruit would be nice.

I never seem to have buttermilk in the house, so I made my own by adding a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to skim or 1% milk. Let it sit for 15 minutes until it sours. Instant buttermilk!



Yum Plum Skillet Cake (adapted from Martha Stewart):

1 cup flour (plus more for the skillet)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of coarse salt

4 tablespoons of softened butter (plus more for greasing the skillet)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla (I added this for good luck!)
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 medium ripe plums, thinly sliced
2 tbsp raw (turbinado) sugar for the top

The recipe calls for an 8" cast iron skillet, but I only own a 9", which worked out fine.

Grease the skillet with butter and dust it with flour, shake out the excess.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.

Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla (if using) and egg together until pale yellow.
Gradually mix in some flour and some buttermilk, then more flour, more buttermilk.



Pour the batter into the prepared cast iron skillet.
Slice the 2 plums into slices and fan them on top of the batter.
This is not rocket science.



Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of raw sugar on top and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool in the pan before serving.

Loved with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint.



Enjoy!

14 comments:

Content in a Cottage said...

Stacey....That skillet cake looks sooooo good with or without the ice cream and mint. Have a great weekend.
xo, Rosemary

Shelly Belly said...

I love plums and anything baked in a cast iron skillet has to be good!

Cape Cod Gal said...

Made one this morning....really yummy! Thanks for the great simple cake recipes.

Joanne said...

I always forget how much I love plums until I retaste them every summer. This cake looks delicious!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

This is one of my favorite cakes and I love it with Italian prune plums.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Pretty cake! I'm on the lookout for Italian prunes (plums). Their season is so short, and it's my favorite plum. Skillet cakes like this are one of my favorites. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or anytime, really.

Lori Lynn said...

Hi Stace - looks way too fabulous. Are you sure it's not rocket science?
LL

tasteofbeirut said...

Looks excellent and easy~ Perfect to make in the summer when the motivation to bake is not so intense.

Oui, Chef said...

I'm not a huge fan of plums, but I can totally see doing this with some great local peaches we have now. YUM, indeed. - S

The Japanese Redneck said...

pretty!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm waiting to see Italian plums, then I'm going to make this!

dm said...

Here in England I can't find proper Jersey sized fruit and veggies until I went to the indoor market and found huge purple juicy Jersey type plums. I'll get some more on Wednesday and try this recipe.
My smuggled in (seeds) white sweetcorn has finally showed some tassles so I am hoping that I will finally get some white corn.

Roses Silver said...

Plum cake! The perfect snack I must add! Thank you for the recipe!

Tabby Lion said...

Cakes like this will definitely ruin my diet. Just looking at your cake makes my mouth crave for a slice. Gotta have this one just for once.