Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake

This year may well be remembered in my mind as the year I fell in love with plums. I’m not sure why I’ve not been certifiably crazy about them before now, but I have made up for lost time.

I’ve been fortunate this summer to have easy access to some gorgeous plums. I do so love all that sweet and tart they’ve got going for them. And, I’m hoping that plum season can hang on a bit longer until I’ve gotten my fill.

Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake | Bake or Break

My latest manifestation of my plum love is this beautiful upside-down cake. The cake itself is much like a sponge cake. It has a subtle flavor, so it serves as a great contrast to the bold flavor of all those plums.

Most pudding cakes are served straight from the pan with cake sitting on top of a pudding-like layer. With this cake, the plums make the pudding layer a bit sturdier than normal to allow the cake to be flipped out of the pan. That puts the pudding of this pudding cake right on top!

The plums I used for this cake were red with red flesh, but any red or black plums will suffice. All of that red is quite striking on top of this cake, isn’t it? I also used more plums than the original recipe stated. If you aren’t a plum fanatic like me, you can use fewer plums.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake


For the plum topping:

  • 5 or 6 small red or black plums, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • sweetened whipped cream, for garnish


To make the plum topping:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan or cast-iron skillet.
  2. Place sliced plums, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl. Toss gently to mix.
  3. Place plum mixture on the bottom of the prepared pan. Allow the plum slices to overlap slightly.

To make the cake:

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together eggs, sugar, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture. Mix just until combined.
  4. Pour batter over fruit in pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until cake is golden brown.
  5. Cool cake in pan for 30 minutes. Then, use a knife to loosen the cake from the edges of the pan. Place a serving plate face-down onto the pan. Flip the pan and plate simultaneously to remove the cake from the pan.
  6. If desired, serve with sweetened whipped cream.

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