Plum Upside-down Cake Recipe

A favorite dessert made with plums


12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
6 large plums, halved, pitted, each half cut into 6 wedges

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup milk

Lightly sweetened whipped cream


Preheat oven to 350F.

Stir 6 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and honey in heavy medium skillet over low heat until butter melts and sugar and honey blend in, forming thick, smooth sauce. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter cake pan with 2-inch-high sides.

Arrange plums in overlapping concentric circles atop sauce.

Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl.

Using electric mixer, beat remaining 6 tablespoons butter in large bowl until light.

Add sugar and beat until creamy. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.

Beat in extracts. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, mixing just until blended.

Spoon batter evenly over plums.

Bake cake until golden and tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 5 minutes.

Transfer to rack; cool in pan 30 minutes.

Using knife, cut around pan sides to loosen cake.

Place platter atop cake pan. Invert cake; place platter on work surface.

Let stand 5 minutes.

Gently lift off pan.

Serve cake warm with whipped cream.