While flipping through the latest Martha Stewart Living the other day, I came across the most charming looking cake. The whole cake was cooked in a cast iron pan/skillet and had fresh plums fanned across the top. It seemed old-fashioned and almost...romantic!
I asked my almost-too-good-to-be-true mother-in-law to assist me with the skillet cake while I finished making dinner. Well before you know it, she was done and I hadn't done a thing to help.
We served it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The plums added a little tartness and the cake was soft in the middle, crispier towards the edge. It was wonderful. Thanks, Mom!
Plum Skillet Cake
Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for skillet
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for skillet
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 2 ripe medium plums, thinly sliced
Pour batter into prepared skillet and smooth top with an offset spatula.