Plum Cake "Tatin"

Plum Cake Tatin Recipe

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deb baldwin


I watched this being made on TV and I just had to try this.
Very amazing how this is made.
I had to wait till my neighbors plums where ripe..She had the sweet yellow plums.
I later made it with huckleberries.
Any kind of fruit should work.

The recipe is from Ina Garten "Foodnetwork"
I watched Ann Bruell "Foodnetwork" make this.


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  • 6 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted, at room temperature
  • ·
    extra butter to grease the dish
  • 10 to 12
    purple plums, cut in half and pitted
  • 1 c
  • 1/3 c
  • 3/4 c
  • 2
    extra large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 c
    sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp
    grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • ·
    opt: cinnamon and nutmeg to batter
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt
  • ·
    powdered sugar

How to Make Plum Cake "Tatin"


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Generously butter a 9-inch glass pie dish.(need to be able to see when this dish is tipped over and you can see the cake release from the dish)
    and arrange the plums in the dish, cut side down.
    Apples: peeled, sliced and arranged in a design
    Berries: arrange in a pattern or single layer
    black berries, huckleberries, etc.
  2. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small sauce pan and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color, about 360 degrees on a candy thermometer. Swirl the pan but do not stir. Careful not to burn.
    Pour evenly over the plums (fruit)
    This will harden when cooled keeping the fruit in place.
  3. Meanwhile, cream the 6 tbs butter and 3/4 cup sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy.
    Lower the speed and beat in the eggs, one at a time.
    Add the sour cream, zest, and vanilla and mix until combined.
    Sift together flour, baking powder, salt (and spices if needed). With the mixture on low speed, add it to the butter mixture.
    Mix only until combined.
  4. Pour the cake batter evenly over the plums (fruit) and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
    Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate. (you can watch it through the glass plate)
    If a plum sticks, ease it out and replace it in the design on top of the cake.
    Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with powdered sugar.

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About Plum Cake "Tatin"

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American

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