dimply plum cake (twd)

Deb from Smitten Kitchen recently recommended the cake that Michelle chose for TWD this week, and since I’m a Smitten Kitchen junkie, I’d been wanting to make it since then. I didn’t even realize it was Dorie Greenspan’s recipe at first, so I was excited when I saw that it was the assigned recipe. Plus, I just happened to have all of the ingredients the day it was chosen for TWD, including a bunch of plums. That never happens.

I baked the recipe in a muffin pan because muffins are more convenient to store in the freezer and grab before going to work. And I overfilled the muffin cups because I have an annoying lazy tendency. I put what seemed like an appropriate amount of batter in each cup, but I could tell after I pushed the first plum into the batter that the cups were overfilled. How hard would it have been, really, to re-portion the dough into extra muffin cups, especially considering that I only used 10 sections of the 12-cup muffin pan, and I had extra plums. And then I would have avoided making a mess of some of the muffins/cupcakes.

Not that I minded those broken bits. They gave me a great excuse to snack on cake while I finished making breakfast. I thought the cake was really good. I used lemon zest and cinnamon, but I think orange zest would be a lot better. I’m still fighting fall, but this was a good compromise between late summer and fall flavors.

Michelle has posted the recipe.


  1. CB says:

    Those are so freaking adorable!! I love your dimply plum cupcakes! Great job!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  2. Lori says:

    those are just great! from the top they remind me of thumbprint cookies. great adaptation.

  3. Becky O. says:

    those look so great! i’m glad you tried them in the muffin tins! so cute!

  4. They look adorable! Well done!

  5. rainbowbrown says:

    Oh my. I think they’re beautiful over filled like that. And broken pieces do make the greatest snacks.

  6. manggy says:

    Whoa, are those giant muffin tins? Because we rarely get plums that cute here! I think you have come up with the perfect take-away treat! :)

  7. Adorable! They look great!

  8. Erin says:

    I love the muffin cup idea! They look so cute. This would be a great idea to scale down the recipe as well- I’ll have to remember that next time we have a recipe like this!

  9. Vibi says:

    Ahhhhh… Great minds think alike! I too made little cakes, I thought many would have thought of it… but no, apparently only a few.
    Those are beautiful country-ish pictures… goes so well with the type of cake!
    Splendid job you did!

  10. Jules says:

    So cute! I love the idea of the individual servings!

  11. bunnies4buddha says:

    plums are an underrated fruit – it is nice to see them show up in a new way.

  12. Tracey says:

    Great idea to make muffins! They look so cute!

  13. they are darling! next time i will do like you!

  14. Bria says:

    Your little cakes are beyond cute! I also used lemon zest and cinnamon which worked well with my blueberries.

  15. Super Duper cute! They are adorable and look so yummy. I just love all that you make.

  16. Mary Ann says:

    I was wondering if it would work in a muffin pan, now I know. They look delicious!

  17. Caitlin says:

    I love that the cake rose up and over the edges, even if it’s a sign you overfill (I always do it too). Beautiful.

  18. pamela says:

    I think it’s great that you made them in a muffin pan. Definitely easy for freezing. Great pictures! Everything looks delicious.

  19. maggie says:

    Yum! I love looking at everyone’s different versions of these. And love, love, love anything baked with plums.

  20. Linda says:

    Those little cakes look so cute (and delicious)! Don’t you love it when you have all the ingredients on hand!

  21. Rachel says:

    Oh my gosh–these are just too cute! I just joined TWD and have been sticking to her instructions exactly so far, but your variations are so inspiring. Love your photos, too!

  22. Barbara says:

    What a great idea! Now I want to make the cake again!

  23. Rigby says:

    I love the smaller size! Looks wonderful :)

  24. Sihan says:

    i love snacking on those overfilled cake regions as well. haha. Great thinking those. THose mini versions look marvellous!

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