TwD: Baking Oven-Roasted Plum Cakes with Julia


It’s good to be back with Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia. I’ve missed a few recipes, but luckily, we’ve got a rewind week coming up! Anyway, I really enjoyed making these oven-roasted plum cakes. They were very tasty. The cake was just sweet enough where it didn’t overpower the juicy plum or its wonderfully thick syrup. These were amazing warm, and I can only imagine how great they would be with ice cream. Am I wrong, or are these cakes similar to a fruit buckle made in a cast iron skillet?

My only qualm with the recipe is that I think I should have let the cakes cool longer than the recipe’s suggested 10 minutes because I tried unearthing one from its mold, and it fell apart! I tried to unmold one more, and getting the same result, I figured my friends could just eat the cakes in their own individual ramekin/custard cup. As you can see, I got varied amounts of cake coverage baked over the halved plum, with none of the cakes actually showing the full sliced surface. However, it was kind of a cool surprise spooning out the purple-skinned fruit from underneath the golden cake.

If you’d like to try your hand at these oven-roasted plum cakes, pick up a copy of Baking with Julia: Savor the Joys of Baking with America’s Best Bakers and join the bi-monthly baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, where we choose recipes to collectively bake each month!

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. apuginthekitchen
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 20:15:49

    It sounds really good and very moist. I love plums in just about anything, those are lovely little cakes and I think serving in the ramekins is a great way to present them.

  2. hotlyspiced
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 21:25:06

    I love plum cake and I can’t wait for our plum season. Gorgeous! xx

  3. Carolyn Jung
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 21:59:54

    I can’t believe autumn is around the corner. I am hoarding all the plums I can until they disappear for the season. This cake looks ideal to spotlight them, too.

  4. Anita Menon
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 00:29:10

    Looks absolutely delicious

  5. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 01:00:44

    They look so good and if I make them I will take note of your comments about the waiting time πŸ™‚

  6. Gursahiba @ Exquisite Niche
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 01:50:48

    Lookss very tempting ..going to try this one!

  7. TrafficDiva
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 04:42:31

    Plum cakes?! I’ve never tried one before but these look great! And agreed…warmed with some vanilla ice cream would be splendid, INDEED!!

  8. Norma Chang
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 06:23:14

    Those plum cakes sure are mouth-watering yummy, sitting down to breakfast and could surely have one make that 2 right now.

  9. smarkies
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 06:50:06

    These were delicious! Yours look good.

  10. Choc Chip Uru
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 07:06:23

    A plum cake always leaves a good taste in my mouth, your recipe sounds delicious πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Pratishtha Khan
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 07:50:58

    The plum cakes look absolutely delish! Am so behind on my cooking aspirations! Need to get into baking mode, pronto. This post is inspiring me to do just that!

  12. markd60
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 08:42:06

    Looks like breakfast with coffee to me!

  13. Deepti
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 11:07:02

    Looks absolutely great!

  14. The Foodie Affair
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 12:05:09

    Sounds like a tasty cake! I would serve them in the ramekins as you suggest. Love individual servings anyway!

  15. My SF Kitchen (@MySFKitchen)
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 15:48:50

    MMM plum cake is one of my favorite “fruit desserts” πŸ™‚

  16. Geraldine Saucier
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 16:35:16

    Looks delicious:)

    Sep 03, 2014 @ 19:09:09

    Looks lovely…one of my favorite kinds of cake!

  18. Cakelaw
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 02:20:21

    These cakes look so good, and I think eating them out of the moulds is a cute idea.

  19. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 03:31:51

    They look great to eat directly from the mold… it the unmolding fails!

  20. Culinary Flavors
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 05:14:02

    These cakes look so moist and caramelized!

  21. kitchen flavours
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 10:00:05

    This looks wonderful! I love using plums in bakes, delicious!

  22. sprinklesandsauce
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 10:54:45

    we want to try this! perfect time for tender fruits like plums!

  23. SandraM
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 17:19:17

    What cute little cakes! It has been a while since I’ve baked with the group as well.

  24. Juliana
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 17:47:16

    I have never had plum cake…it looks great!
    Enjoy the rest of your week πŸ˜€

  25. Cathleen
    Sep 05, 2014 @ 18:50:20

    I think it is impossible to get them out of the ramekin without some breakage. I let one cool completely and it still cracked. Even Marcel (the contributing baker) had issues too! He just covered the crack with whipped cream. πŸ™‚

    These were tasty! Your cakes look wonderful; and there is no reason not to eat them directly from the ramekin – still pretty!

  26. Cher
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 07:39:02

    Yup – very fruit buckle-esque.

    These look good – welcome back.

  27. cheri
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 11:46:25

    Wow! does this look delicious! love plum cake.

  28. Jean |
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 19:15:00

    I think I would prefer them left in the ramekins anyway! Fruit desserts are my favorite!

  29. Bam's Kitchen
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 21:04:46

    I can imagine these with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream dripping off the sides…. decadent and perfect entry into fall dish. Take care, BAM

  30. Corina
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 00:35:42

    I love the look of these.

  31. Rachella
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 00:57:07

    They look so yummy. I usually love things that are more crispy but these look amazing!

  32. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 01:16:33

    I used to really love plums when I could eat fruit, mmmmmmm! I could eat about 6 in a sitting πŸ˜‰

  33. Gursahiba @ Exquisite Niche
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 06:44:21

    Its always tough to bring out cake from ramekins especially when they are smelling good and just cant wait for letting it cool…I think its best to just dig in like this…
    Your cake looks delicous..Hope you post the recipe soon….

  34. sara
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 08:55:51

    Mmmm, these look SO GOOD! Yum!

  35. Beth
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 16:56:00

    Your plum cake sound wonderful. I’m all for using fruit in desserts whenever I can!

  36. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 19:38:56

    It’s been quite a while since I hopped over here! Yummy looking plum cakes you got here!

  37. Sammie
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 21:07:25

    Oh wow! This looks really good! Could have some now!

  38. tortadellafiglia
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 02:54:00

    wow! It looks really good! I’d die to try it!Nice job!

  39. Monica
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 12:34:55

    I like just spooning cakes like these form the ramekins (I am always tempted to add vanilla ice cream on top!). That golden crust around the sides looks so delicious!

  40. Natalie
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 14:05:18

    Plums are so amazing to cook with, one of my favs!

  41. Raymund
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 14:43:52

    Looks nice and moist, would love this with my tea

  42. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 19:28:09

    When you wrote about spooning the fruit out from under the cake, I was sold! I tried to comment on your pumpkin bread but the comments were closed. I loved it!

  43. Liz
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 20:19:35

    I didn’t get mine baked in time to post, but I’ll be sharing my peach version instead of the bread next week. Mine stuck a bit, too, but they were quite tasty!

  44. jora
    Sep 09, 2014 @ 15:35:42

    I’ve missed a bunch too. I’m looking forward to the make-up week. These were definitely a winner.

  45. Mary @ Fit and Fed
    Sep 14, 2014 @ 12:12:33

    This looks delicious with the plums baked into it, reminds me that I too have a baked plum dessert that I’ve been meaning to get to. Now’s the time…

  46. Three Well Beings
    Sep 16, 2014 @ 10:31:55

    Love this recipe! You inspired me to buy Julia’s cookbook…I read it, but haven’t felt too inspired yet. When fall and winter hit, I’ll get cooking. Love plum cake…haven’t had it in ages. πŸ™‚

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