Plum Upside Down Almond Cake

by Kiran on August 28, 2012 · 38 comments

in Baking, Cake, Desserts


We are finally on our way to New York City — a city that I’m hoping we’d eventually retire.

Bet the Husband is shaking his head in disbelief.

Anyways, let’s talk about living preferences.

I am a city gal, whereas, the Husband is a suburbian. Though I love city vibes, not every city captures my heart like New York City does. There’s something about this “city that never sleeps” that I hold so near and dear. We’d travel a lot and whenever there’s an opportunity to take a bite out of “big Apple!” you’d usually find me nodding to YES!

Our trip this time around is a mix of business and pleasure. And I hope we savour it all by visitng places that everyone has been selflessly posting about on their blogs, twitter, facebook and instagram. Thanks for all the email and comment suggestions about restaurants.

We cannot wait to stuff our faces. Seriously.

Whether you live in the city or suburbs, do me a huuuuuge favor and bake this cake. Like, right now.

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  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 to 4 plums, sliced
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipped low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift dried ingredients, i.e almond flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl, beat brown sugar with almond oil. Add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated. Fold in low-fat yogurt and a drizzle of almond extract. Avoid over-mixing.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Do not over-mix batter.
  5. Toss sliced plums with cornstarch. Arrange it decoratively into greased cake pan. Pour batter over sliced plums and spread it evenly.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Completely cool the cake before turning it upside-down on a cake stand. Slice and serve as-is, or topped with edible flowers, dusting of confectioners sugar and more fresh plums. Serve it up with tea or coffee, of course 😉

On a sombre note…

While we are grateful that Florida would not be directly impacted by Hurricane Issac, we are worried about the path its heading with gained strength (Louisiana-Missisippi-Alabama). Please follow your instincts and have a list of hurricane preparedness ready to evacuate.

Stay safe wherever you may be.


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1 Rosa August 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Divine looking! A wonderful cake.



2 fabiola@notjustbaked August 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I hope you have an amazing time full of face stuffing and pleasurable foods in New York. I am sure it will be so fun, and I assure you I will make this cake asap. I make a dessert at least once a week, and this is this weeks, so cool! I am happy you are not in harms way, and I am always sending positive thoughts to those who are. Thank you for the reminder to those who need it.
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3 Erica { } August 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I’ve only spent a few days in NYC but I absolutely fell in love. I actually thought I’d dislike the hustle and bustle (I’m a fairly small town girl) but the people were *so* friendly and there was so much to do and see I totally get why people claim it’s the best city in the world!
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4 Lisa August 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM

This cake is gorgeous, Kiran! Such perfect circles of plums and a beautiful color. Oh..I’m positive it’s delicious too!
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5 Lisa H. August 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Happy discovering the Big Apple and look forward to see more photos on either here or Instagram 😀
btw… the cake looks superb 😀
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6 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) August 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

What a beautiful cake – I love anything with almond so this is perfect for me. Have a great trip – I love NYC and miss living there. There is no place like it!
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7 Courtney Jones August 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Beautiful 🙂 The cake looks delicious and so very pretty. Awesome dessert to impress guests 🙂

Have an amazing time in NYC. I went last fall and totally fell in love. I’d go back in a heart beat. Make sure to check out the HighLine. I loved it!
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8 Kitchen Belleicious August 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM

absolutely beautiful! Sweet and delicious
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9 Richa August 29, 2012 at 2:11 AM

that is one gorgeous crumb!
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10 Nava Krishnan August 29, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Hi Kiran,
Have a great time in New York, a place I wish I visit in the near future. A lovely cake and I can see the how the plum sits perfectly on the cake. Stunning and gorgeous to look and am sure the taste must have fabulous.
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11 lizzie - strayed from the table August 29, 2012 at 3:01 AM

The plum cakes looks really lovely.
I would have to say I am a country girl. Love the city but don’t want to stay in it for too long.
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12 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake August 29, 2012 at 4:47 AM

I’ve been wanting to go to NYC for the longest time, hopefully I can later this year…maybe…:D Love the looks of your cake! I’m seeing stone fruit recipes everywhere on the internet recently and I’m just kicking myself that they’re not in season yet…:(
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13 nisha August 29, 2012 at 4:53 AM

hmmm i love nyc to bits and i think its prob the bestest place ever, that was until we moved to london 4 yrs back n i cant think of living anywhere else. I have this constant argument with my husband as well…im such a city girl and is happy in an apt in central london whereas the husband wants to move to a house with a garden and breathe fresh air (!!!!???).
on a diff note, i love upside down cakes n plum was the first i ever made. toss the fruits in some caramel sauce just before layering it and it makes a perfect dessert 🙂
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14 Choc Chip Uru August 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Have fun in the big beautiful city my friend 😀
I would say I am green with envy but I cannot be bothered to move and make arrangements because I keep staring at your amazing cake 😀

Choc Chip Uru
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15 amy @ fearless homemaker August 29, 2012 at 8:24 AM

What a gorgeous looking cake! I could go for a slice right now for breakfast, no joke! =)
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16 Jen @ Savory Simple August 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I’m a city girl all the day! NYC is one of my favorite places to visit. This cake is gorgeous.
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17 shama August 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM

awesome recipe.
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18 Ina gawne August 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

What a lovely cake! It would be easy to convert it to gluten free too…yumm!
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19 Deb August 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I adore New York, enjoy! There never seems to be enough time to do and see everything that has been planned. What a comforting cake, just in time for the last of the summer’s juicy sweet and tangy plums! A scoop of vanilla ice cream would be a perfect compliment to the upside cake!

20 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

This is such a beautiful cake, Kiran! Thanks for sharing your stunning photos and recipe.

21 Kankana August 29, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I think I am more of a suburbian type and thankfully, so is my husband. This cake .. yes I would bake it 🙂
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22 sm August 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM
23 chinmayie @ love food eat August 30, 2012 at 1:21 AM

I am a total city lover. It’s strange because I like being home and don’t really go out much at all… but then I can’t imagine living anywhere else other than a city!

You know what… I have been thinking of baking an upside down cake from a few days and seeing this post made it worse 🙂
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24 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 30, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Truly gorgeous tart Kiran! I am happy that my children enjoyed plum this year – somehow they didn’t like it last year but both enjoyed it like crazy. I didn’t get to make cake out of it, but I’d really love to. I made pineapple upside down cake for the first time this year so I’m a little bit more comfortable trying this – just because it has same “upside down cake” in the recipe name. LOL. Beautiful cake!!
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25 wok with ray August 30, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Oooh that upsidedown cake is a drool. I agree that there is something about the big apple that my heart keeps yearning for. I hope you guys enjoy your stay in NY and take care, Kiran!
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26 Delishhh August 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM

OH my just looks so good – a great idea! Your pictures are fantastic.
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27 Baker Street August 31, 2012 at 3:38 AM

what a gorgeous cake, kiran! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a plum upside down cake but it looks amazing and I’d like a slice right about now!
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28 Parsley Sage August 31, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Fun trip to the city! Every time I go, I managed to put on at LEAST 10 pounds. It’s a gift 😉

This cake is stunning! I so wish I could afford nice plums in Cayman
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29 Asmita August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

What a beautiful cake and presentation!
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30 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 31, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Beautiful cake, I love the plum and almond pairing!
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31 Sophie September 1, 2012 at 4:31 AM

waw! What a georgous plum almond cake this surely is!
MMMMMMMMMMM! Stunning pics too!
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32 Shalu Sharma September 2, 2012 at 5:42 AM

I love almonds and will eat anything that has almonds in it. Plum and almonds looks like a great idea. Very creative.
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33 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I’ve been born in the city, spent my childhood on a farm, went to school and collage in the city and married in the country side.
I love the city, but just to visit it. Can’t stand the noise day in and day out 🙂
Your cake is gorgeous! Would love a slice or two!
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34 Raymund September 3, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Few more weeks our plum trees will bear fruit, I will make this on my first batch of harvest
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35 Erica Lea September 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I too love a good trip to the city. So many shops and restaurants to visit. 🙂 This cake looks absolutely amazing – I’ll have to keep it in mind next time I have peaches/plums on hand.
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36 Julia September 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Beautiful presentation. Love plums – they’re always good in combination with some sweeter fruit, though, aren’t they?

37 Shalini Agrawal June 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Made this cake with my kids. It came out looking very pretty and tasted very yummy. Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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