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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Nondairy Upside Down Cake

It's hard to believe that just a week ago I was immobilized by the heat wave, afraid to turn on the stove for fear of raising the temperature in our little cave. We dined on no-cook summer suppers: smoked salmon on bagels, chopped salad with supermarket rotisserie chicken, watermelon, peaches, plums. This week Phoebe's been freezing her little buns off at swim lessons in 59-degree weather! Time to fire up the oven. I adapted an upside-down apple cake from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazine to use up some of our leftover plums that had gotten too ripe. Mine is Phoebe friendly but you can of course substitute butter and milk for the buttery spread and almond milk.


Upside-Down Plum Cake

4 plums (halved, pitted, and cut into about eight slices)
2T Earth Balance buttery spread (or 2T butter)
1/2 c light brown sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1 c flour
1/2 c whole-wheat pastry flour
1-1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/3 c toasted, chopped walnuts
2 eggs
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 t vanilla
1/4 c + 2T extra light olive oil (or 1/2 c butter)
1/2 c almond milk (or 1/2 c low-fat milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan with the buttery spread. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the buttery spread. Arrange the sliced plums in two concentric circles. Set pan aside.

Prepare batter: Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) in a small bowl. Whisk together wet ingredients (eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, oil, almond milk) in a medium-size bowl. Fold dry ingredients into wet.

Pour batter over the sliced plums. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and invert onto a plate.

 . . . And then there were two.


  1. STUPID LIBERALS!!! Hi Sophia Ho, wanted to make your blog look more blog-like by adding hostile incoherent right-wing commentary...

    ~David Ho

  2. Hurray, a comment! You must read smart political blogs, whereas I'm used to fashion blogs where the blogger posts a photo of herself in an OOTD (outfit of the day) and followers post supportive comments. Would it have killed you to compliment my plum cake?!

  3. your plum cake looks delicious, what will be the fate of the two remaining (forgive me/they were delicious/so sweet)

    also: more pictures of chloe and phoebe, please!

    ~David Ho