This weeks Tuesday with Dorie was chosen by Michelle of Bake-en she selected the Dimply Plum Cake on page 41 of Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. I had a few problems with this recipe. First, I was borrowing some cardamom from a friend and it ended up opening and spilling in my messenger bag. So now my bag smells all SPICY!! My next problem was with the plums. I decided that since the plums are bigger to buy fewer than what Dorie suggested, but I ended up being one plum short. Finally, removing the seed from the plums was a pain in the butt. I ended up trying to cut around the seed and then tried to pry it out and the tip of my paring knife broke off. That plum was a strong sucker. In the end I got a spoon out and pried the seed out with that.
For this recipe I was afraid to use the 8×8 baking pan that was suggested and ended up using a square spring form pan so that I did not ruin the cake while turning it out. This actually made the cake thinner since I think the spring form pan is 9-inches (maybe). The cake actually turned out very well. The flavor was fantastic with the cardamom, orange zest, and plums. But the cake was a little dry for me, and I didn’t even over bake the cake. I did it for 40 minutes on 350°F, and I have an oven thermometer too. I ended up having to use a knife and a fork to eat this since I think the plums were a tad bit too firm. My favorite part of the cake was the bits with the plum and the area around it because it was moist and perfect.
I have a few things that I would like to change for next time. First I would slice the plums up so that more surface area was covered and every bite would have a piece of plum. This would also help with eating the cake too because then you wouldn’t need to use a knife. Next, I would love to try this using the peach and basil option that dorie suggested. Finally, I think that this cake would be awesome if it was the texture of a pound cake instead of cornbread. Yes, it would increase the calories, but the flavor and texture of the cake would be greatly improved. Oh yeah, and don’t use a knife to pry a seed out of a plum; your knife tip might fly off and hit the cieling and then you will never find it 🙂