Plum Ridiculous Upside-Down Cake Recipe

By Chef Rusty

  • Prep Time
    25 min
  • Cook Time
    40 min
  • Serving Size


  • 4 ripe plums
  • 375 ml ice wine (or sangria)
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1⁄4 cup AP flour
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbs orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 qt apple cider
  • 10 oz brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup heavy cream


  1. Marinate plums in ice wine (or sangria) overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  3. Grease 9” cake pan with butter.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. In mixing bowl, whip butter and white sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  6. Mix in egg, vanilla, buttermilk, and orange zest.
  7. Then add flour and blend until just incorporated.
  8. In cake pan, add butter and brown sugar, and place in oven until butter is melted. Whisk together.
  9. Arrange plums, shingled, in bottom of cake pan.
  10. Pour batter over plums and smooth evenly. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick test is clean.
  11. In a small sauce pan, reduce apple cider to a quarter. Whisk in brown sugar until completely melted.
  12. Pour in heavy cream slowly while whisking vigorously.
  13. Remove from heat when all ingredients are combined. Pour into large metal pan with a large surface area to cool down to room temp.
  14. Remove and cool for 10 minutes.
  15. Flip upside down onto a platter for service. Top with caramel sauce.

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