Plum Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake is a delicious late summer dessert, both casual and elegant at the same time. Take advantage of the lovely plums in season right now, which are the end of summer stone fruits. Make this simple cake to enjoy outside on a late summer evening.
I’ve been working on a cornmeal cake recipe all summer long, to be honest. My concept started with nectarines, then transitioned to apricots, but none of the cakes were quite right. Several weeks ago, a neighbor gifted me a bag of incredible plums from her yard. They were so juicy and flavorful! I wanted to try one more time to get my cornmeal cake perfected. Those gorgeous plums did the trick!
There’s a little cinnamon in the butter and sugar mixture that creates the caramelized topping for this upside-down cake, because I think plums pair beautifully with warm spices. The cake itself is livened up with lemon zest and juice, which complements the tartness of the plums and helps this cake avoid being overly sweet. The cornmeal gives the cake unexpected texture, and feels rustic, yet sophisticated all at the same time. Serve this Plum Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream, and it’s the perfect ending to a late summer meal.
Plum Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake is a delicious late summer dessert, both casual and elegant at the same time.
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