The plum cake Gods were not on my side this week.
It all turned out fine in the end, but it seemed like everything went wrong in the process. I had everything I needed and the cake was super easy to whip up. The only thing I did differently was mix in a little dark brown sugar because I didn't have enough of the light brown. I didn't really think it would make a difference, and maybe it didn't, I'm not really sure what my problem was.
I put it in the oven to bake for the recommended 40 minutes. But it wasn't done. I ended up leaving it in for another 12 minutes and kept checking it, but that knife kept coming out with batter on it! The sides looked like they were getting overdone, so I finally threw in the towel and just took it out. Here's how it looked right out of the oven...
Then I tried to invert it and get it out of the pan. It broke in half.
I re-assembled it and think I did a fairly good job of making it look like it never happened...
I think the cake part of this was really great and flavorful, but I wasn't a huge fan of the plums. It was quite good with a little whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, though! I took this to my parent's house over the weekend while I visited them and the only person who tried a piece was my Dad. I think everyone else was turned off by the thought of the plums. So I think next time I'll try this with something else, like peaches.
Head on over to Michelle's blog at Bake-en for the recipe.