TWD: Dimply Plum Cake

by Holly on September 23, 2008


Michelle of Bake-en selected Dimply Plum Cake for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie. I have seen this cake around before when Helen made it and also again at the Smitten Kitchen, plus many other blogs including a chocolate version from Palachinka. Needless to say, it has made me curious.

We all know what a not-so-closet baked fruit hater I am (thought TWD has made me branch out and I do like some things a bit more than I used to). Anyway, it will come as no surprise that I wasn’t a huge fan of this recipe – it is definitely just my taste though and not the recipe (though the husband – who is a baked fruit fan – didn’t like it either – he wished I had sliced the plums thinner than just halved). I thought the cake part was good – great texture and flavor – I used dark brown sugar in mine and topped it with some turbinado for that sweet crunch I love.

I did love how the plums baked up with their sweet jamminess (is that even a word?) – but the huge pieces of plum (and our plums must’ve been quite a bit bigger than the ones Dorie uses because I couldn’t fit as many as the recipe called for) were just too much for us. I probably will try this again with some other fruit options – and perhaps even the plums again, but will most likely slice the fruit in the future.

Make sure to check out the TWD blogroll for all the other Dimply Cakes running around the food blogging world today courtesy of the amazing book Baking From My Home To Yours!


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n.o.e September 23, 2008 at 6:46 am

Holly, your cake is picture-perfect! Sorry that neither of you really loved it, however. I think it might be really good with apples. My husband is, and always has been, a big fan of fruit desserts. And oatmeal cookies. And vanilla ice cream. Over the years, it’s worn off on chocolate-loving me. Funny how our tastes can influence each other.

steph- whisk/spoon September 23, 2008 at 7:03 am

oh darn, but it looks really good to me!

Marthe September 23, 2008 at 7:34 am

Your plums look nice and red!! I bought yellow plums… So there wasn’t a real colourcontrast in my cake…. πŸ™

Manggy September 23, 2008 at 8:01 am

Computer says no on jamminess, but it really should be a word πŸ™‚ Yeah, I was kind of expecting you not to like this, but I think it looks perfect and much better than the one I did, where I did not achieve such beautiful jamminess. πŸ™‚

Natashya September 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

Well they look great in the photo! I can help you with your leftover fruit creations in return for your help with the chocolatey ones! πŸ™‚

Engineer Baker September 23, 2008 at 10:31 am

I agree – I wanted a little plum in every bite rather than a hunk of plum stuck in the middle of a sea of cake. Other than that, I wish I had seen the chocolate version – it sounds delicious.

Cathy September 23, 2008 at 10:49 am

Sounds like we had similar feelings about this cake. I didn’t hate it, but probably won’t make it again. The other variations out there sound interesting, particularly the chocolate! Your pictures sure make this look great, though!

Lori September 23, 2008 at 10:57 am

I completely agree – even the idea of using plum halves seems like it obviously wouldn’t work. If I never make this again I’d slice the fruit. And use peaches. Too bad your husband didn’t like it, at least.

Steph September 23, 2008 at 11:57 am

Your pictures look great! I love how nicely browned the top is and how jammy the plum got.

James September 23, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Looks good! I did a mango version (no plums here).

Going to post soon, now that my Internet is back.

Madam Chow September 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Your cake looks wonderful. I did slice the plums a lot thinner than half, and I’m glad I did. The fruit to cake ratio worked out well that way.

The Food Librarian September 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

There’s a chocolate version?! Hum…must try. Your plum, baked, is beautiful! I love that plum color. I’d like to order a dress in that color. Great looking cake!

Jamie September 23, 2008 at 1:04 pm

I love the color of your plums! YUM!

CB September 23, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Bummer you weren’t a fan! Try the cherry/lime version if you make it again. I wasn’t sure I’d like it but I was pleasantly surprised! Beautiful pictures. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

chocolatechic September 23, 2008 at 1:24 pm

I do not like fruit in cake or cookies either.

I love this cake though. I could just eat the cake.

vibi September 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm

LOL LOL Then it might come as a surprise that the baked-fruit-lover that I am, agrees with you that this recipe was not my favorite either!
But easy and simple to make, it does get children to eat plums, providing its dryness is overcome with lots of maple sirup or ice cream! LOL …Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of eating plums? LOL LOL

Maria September 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Your cake is gorgeous! Sorry it wasn’t a favorite, there is always next time:)

Alwayzbakin September 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm

I think yours looks great. I will also try this recipe with something other than plums next time. Maybe peaches or pears. Hmmmm. Your pictures are very pretty.

Anne September 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I agree that one of the best parts of TWD is branching out and trying new things I wouldn’t normally bake. I hope you guys like next week better! πŸ™‚

Mara September 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm

that looks plum good..!!! hehee. i agree about having to branch out with TWD…and make stuff i wouldn’t otherwise. most of the time i am glad i did, i guess that’s the point?!

Mary Ann September 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm

It looks lovely, sorry you didn’t love it! I understand about the halves not working so well!

Amy September 23, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Its too bad you didn’t enjoy it! The cake looks great, though!!


Di September 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Your cake looks lovely, even if it wasn’t quite to your taste. I actually think the cake would be quite good without any fruit at all.

ostwestwind September 23, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Great pictures, the cake looks beautiful, definitely a cake for fruit especially plum lovers.

Ulrike from KΓΌchenlatein

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy September 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Your cake looks gorgeous, Holly! Beautiful job! Sorry you didn’t love it.

The DeL Sisters September 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Your cake looks great! I like the idea of putting that suagr on the top for a nice crunch! YUM!

Steph September 23, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I added sugar on the top too! I love a crunchy top πŸ™‚ I culdn’t fit all my fruit in either. But you’re cake looks amazing!

Marie September 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Sorry that you didn’t really care for this! Todd and I absolutely loved it! My favourite challenge yet. Nevertheless your photos are spectacular!

TeaLady September 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Your plums look nice and juicy. Beautiful pics as usual. I too am not a big plum lover, but I liked the cake with cardamom.

SUGAR BETTY September 23, 2008 at 5:54 pm

Cake looks delicious! It might change my mind about plums after all. πŸ˜‰ I used cherries instead. I am hoping they will soften up for tomorrow’s breakfast. Good job! πŸ™‚

BAKE-EN September 23, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I love the idea of topping the cake with turbinado. I’ll try that next time. Too bad you didn’t like the cake, hopefully the next TWD recipe will appeal to you more πŸ™‚

Em September 23, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Glad to read your post – I was considering making the plum version and now if I do I will slice the plums thinner than just halving them. Great to know!!

Prudy September 23, 2008 at 9:57 pm

This looks beautiful and those bitty cupcakes are calling my name. Such a good use for that big can of Ovaltine in my pantry. Sorry about the cake not being a hit!

Jules Someone September 23, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Lovely looking cake! I’m with you on wanting smaller pieces of fruit. I’ll try again with apple.

Tammy September 24, 2008 at 12:28 am

I love your photos!!!

Tracey September 24, 2008 at 12:52 am

Your plums look so gorgeous and juicy! Sorry you weren’t a fan of the cake. Hopefully next week will be better!

Carol Peterman September 24, 2008 at 1:02 am

Turbinado sprinkling is a nice touch. Sweet crunch topping is always as good thing.

Kayte September 24, 2008 at 2:14 am

Gorgeous, just gorgeous. That first photo is amazing…I thought I was looking at art! You are both artist and baker this month…yeah for you. Looks very tasty!

Cristine September 24, 2008 at 4:43 am

Beautiful cake!!! Love the sugar on top!

Gretchen Noelle September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm

I would absolutely second the idea to slice the fruit up. Mine did not get “jammy” and I was not a huge fan of the cake with a huge chunk of plum on top! Now we know.

kim September 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm

yea, this one was definitely all about the baked fruit! sorry you didn’t really like it, but it looks great!

Christine September 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Sorry it wasn’t a hit with you but your cake and pics look perfect!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog September 27, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Looks delicious! Too bad you didn’t like it!

SiHaN September 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm

oh that looks pretty damm good. Guess arranging in rows does have it aesthetic values! It looks wonderful! Great work!

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