Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Plum Upside-Down Cake OR 'Tatin' !!

Here i'm with yet another Temptation, call it an Upside-Down cake or TATIN or even CLAFOUTIS (baked french dessert)...this recipe is just one of the greatest inventions ever, crazy simple to make, yet so exotic.


There is no doubt that if you make this cake right, you will drool in it!! I have wanted to make this recipe ever since I saw Ina make it on "Barefoot Contessa", and today I bit the bullet. I've never tried to make a tatin until today and I'm so glad that it came out so well.
It ended up being super easy to make and the cake popped out with no problems. This was my first ever attempt at caramelizing sugar too,and it went well--though I don't have a candy thermometer. 


Good thing about this cake is that you really can use any fruit you'd like, substitute whatever fruit or fruits look yummy for the season and this dessert always tastes delicious! I went for red big plums this time but next time i'm going to try apples and peaches. Berries, cherries or even sliced bananas would be great if you want to  try the tatin.

Sour cream keeps the cake moist. It is kind of juicy, but I love the juice and caramel that have soaked into the cake; it's a yummy, squishy, comforting dish of AWESOME! Its a great dessert if you want decadence but not super heavy. All in all, this cake is gorgeous and impressive visually, but more importantly, it's completely divine and delicious!



Here's the recipe:

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time : 1 Hour

You will Need:

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the dish 
10 purple or red "prune" plums, cut in half and pitted
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Confectioners' sugar (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 9-inch glass pie dish and arrange the plums in the dish, cut side down.

Combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color, about 360 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Swirl the pan but don't stir. Pour evenly over the plums.

Meanwhile, cream the 6 tablespoons of butter and the remaining 3/4 cup of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Lower the speed and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the sour cream, zest, and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and, with the mixer on low speed, add it to the butter mixture. Mix only until combined.

Pour the cake batter evenly over the plums and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.



Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate. If a plum sticks, ease it out and replace it in the design on top of the cake.
Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar.


Quick Notes:

Go light on the lemon zest - Its nice to have it but it can easily overwhelm the cake.

I ended up slicing the plums and drying them with a papertowel, then after caramel was almost hardened I noticed quite a bit of juice on the top so I was able to pour off the excess prior to adding the cake.  It was not only delicious but the presentation was gorgeous!

Let the top get nicely brown and when you pull it out of the oven, hold it above your head and make sure that all the bottom surface of the pan is bubbly and juicy.

Be ready to pour the sugar mixture over the fruit as soon as it's ready. It can go from just right to burned in a matter of seconds!

Once the cake is baked and turned out on the platter, sprinkle it with cinnamon if you don't want confectioner sugar. Telling you again, you'd just drool over a piece of this cake, its so luscious. It will be a hit dessert for any kind of party.
Here goes the final click and the last piece!! Enjoy.





Hope you had fun reading the making of this tatin. 
Do write to me if you have any queries.
Adios for now. Will come back soon with another interesting Temptation shortly.

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TREAT AND TRICK said...

Really tempting cake, love your step by step directions....

chitra said...

You are really tempting with your awesome recipes and photos. The colors are really attractive and from your description i get that it has turned out really well.

Sushma Mallya said...

Cake looks gorgeous and wow what a colour...so attractive and must be very delicious too

Neetz said...

yummy yumm looks so colorful and perfect :)

Neetz said...

yummy yumm looks so colorful and perfect :)

Nandini said...

Ooh! I'm really drooling over the picture already! I want to have a piece!

Jagruti said...

Hey Aruna
cake looks awesome and yummy!! love the pics..I too watch Ina's show...love her kitchen..also like the candle..is it yankee candle?

Arv said...

you have me drooling here, will show the recipe to the wifey :)

Rachana Kothari said...

mmm mouthwatering!!!! Yummy!!!!looks beautiful too:)

वन्दना अवस्थी दुबे said...

अरे वाह!! क्या ज़ोरदार केक है!! रसीली तस्वीरें भी...देख के ही मुंह में पानी आ गया.

SriLekha said...

yummy cake!

AshKuku said...

WOW!!!! As it is your space is so colorful... And this prep adds more to it.... Aise lagtha hai ki holi ke uplaksh mein bana hai.....

But seriously those captures of that juicy yummy dessert is even more jucier..... Har angle mein uski khoobsoorthi jhalagthi hain..... Aakir banaya kisne hain????

KUDOS!!!!!

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Priya said...

Wowww wat a fantastic, catchy and delicious cake, never tried upside down cake with plums, will definitely give a try soon...Beautiful clicks makes me hungry Aruna..

ganga said...

superb dear.....nice click

Shri said...

Oh my god!That is so darn beautiful!

ज्योति सिंह said...

THESE ALL THINGS THAT YOU POSTED ON BLOGGER SEEMS VERY DELISIOUS AND THINKING OF THAT WHEN I WILL BAKED THESE THING AT HOME IT THEN ALSO WILL DELISIOUS!!!!!!!
I WILL TRY IT AT HOME N WILL TELL YOU HOW IT WAS BAKED

Nostalgia said...

Pretty...pretty looks great.

Tina said...

Wow..what a colourful and tempting cake...

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Never had this,very tempting

Chef E said...

Aruna! Hello!

I saw the lemon zest comment and thought I might like it that way since I love lemony stuff...now I know hubby would love this dessert!

It also gives me an idea for one of my own creations!

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!!! that looks too yummy!!

ARUNA said...

Treat n Trick: Thanks yaa!

ARUNA said...

Yes Chitra, for the first attempt i must say it did turn out well.

ARUNA said...

Hi Sushma, yeah this cake is no doubt delicious bcoz of the baked fruits.

ARUNA said...

Thanks Neeta!

ARUNA said...

Hi Nandini, try making it...its super easy!

ARUNA said...

Hi Jagruti, its not a yankee candle yaar, picked up randomly in a mall....they had the most beautiful collection i ever saw!

ARUNA said...

Hi Arvind, long time yaa. How've u been?

ARUNA said...

Thanks Rachana!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Srilekha!

ARUNA said...

Vandana ji, aapko mazaa aaya na!!

ARUNA said...

Asha, haan yaar socha holi tho mana nahin saki, atleast rangeela cake hi bana loon....haha!

ARUNA said...

Priya thanks dear, i guess this cake will look gorgeous with any fruit!!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Ganga!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Shri!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Jyoti ji, glad u liked it!

ARUNA said...

Nostalgia : Thanks

ARUNA said...

Thanks Tina.

ARUNA said...

Thanks Sailaja!

ARUNA said...

Chef E i agree with u on lemon zesy, it depends on personal taste. If u like more of lemony flavor, then yeah nothing to beat it.

ARUNA said...

Thanks Sarah.

Divya Vikram said...

ounds like a tempting n appealing dessert!

Gulmohar said...

What a color...yummy...tempting clicks as well :-)

Lady Boheme said...

Hi, i love this recipe, is really excellent! Thanks for your nice comment. Kisses

Varunavi said...

Thanks for the wishes aruna.

Cake looks wonderful

Swathi said...

Aruna,

Your upside down cake/tian looks really good. Delicious too with all the fruits

Pavithra said...

Oh wow that looks so gorgeous...simply superb.. And i think I am late to comment..but i did not get the updates...Anyway.. nice tatin. I am drooling....

Subhashini said...

It is colourful.Looking very delicious.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Yummy delicious and colorful... Droolworthy cake here... Can I have my share pls!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely clafoutis! It looks really tempting! i love the idea...

Cheers,

Rosa

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful idea! That clafoutis looks mighty good!

Cheers,

Rosa

madhoo said...

Aruna- awesome! Absolutely devine it looks! I am health freak so your fruits are actually calling onto me... BTW pic's are brilliant. You are truly living up to your passions I believe.

madhumsr said...

Aruna - I should ask you something. You post these Recipe's for the sake of blogging? or Do you try/cook these for your family? Otherwise I know its your Hobby/Passion/Craze about Food Preparation/Cooking.

Thank you for the TEMPTATION. Good work. Keep tempting.... with your mouth watery food preparations.

Anya said...

You are so creative
it looks yummie.............
and your shots are very creative !!

Hugs from Kareltje =^.^=

KennyT said...

This is truly tempting

Soma Pradhan said...

if it loooks tempting..wonder how good it must be tasting..thx for sharing the recipe with all

Martha's Menagerie said...

This sure looks delicious! :-)

Chow and Chatter said...

looks awesome and great pics

Gita said...

Wow Aruna...hats off! the cake looks gorgeous...what lovely clicks :)

Aparna said...

Perfect & Execellent Presentation

ARUNA said...

Thanks Divya!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Gulmohar!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Lady Boheme!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Saritha!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Swathi!

ARUNA said...

Hi Pavithra, hope you will get the updates now. Tx for the comment.

ARUNA said...

Thanks Subhashini.

ARUNA said...

Ramya u can definitely get a piece!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Rosa.

ARUNA said...

Thanks for ur wonderful comment madhuri...yeah this cake works for you, less calories n healthy!

ARUNA said...

Madhu, the answer to your question is EK teer, Do shikaar....u know wat i mean!!!

ARUNA said...

Anya thanks a lot, hugs to kareltje too!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Kenny!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Soma!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Martha!

ARUNA said...

Chow and chatter : Thanks

Gita: Thanks yaa

Aparna : Tx a tonne.

Babli said...

Cake looks so delicious, yummy, colourful and tempting that I cannot resist myself. Please send a piece for me as it looks mouth watering. Gorgeous pictures.

Meena said...

The pics are just unbelievably beautiful...love the presentation! Nevert rried this one before...but your pics tempt me, for sure!

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks yummilious.:)

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a very tempting plum cake!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Tarte Tatin is one of my all time favourite deserts, so I am sure I would just love this. I would like to try making this at home some time.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
*kisses* HH

Heavenly Housewife said...

Tarte Tatin is one of my all time favourite deserts, so I am sure I would just love this. I would like to try making this at home some time.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
*kisses* HH

SathyaSridhar said...

Hai!!!!Aruna.Thanks for stopping by in my blog. Really you got nice blog all your recipes got good explanation and especially your pictures tempting me to have the cake with my eyes itself.really superb yaar.

PJ said...

oh, a sure temptation indeed! lovely colors and a delicious dish.

5 Star Foodie said...

A gorgeous and irresistible tart tatin, so so good with plums!

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

This is so beautiful! really yum yum!!

Padma said...

WOW Aruna cake looks so tempting and such lovely pics.

Joanne said...

You've got me in the mood for plum season! This looks amazing! What a delicious cake.

hayatcemresi said...

hello Aruna,
your cake's very very beautiful.

Jeevan said...

It seems very delicious dish! your decoration is so nice on it.

ARUNA said...

Thanks Babli!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Meena!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Malar!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Angie!

ARUNA said...

HH: Tarte tatin is on my list!

ARUNA said...

Tx for ur lovely comments sathya, looks like u really dug into this blog, am glad!!!

ARUNA said...

Thanks PJ!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Natasha!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Renuka!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Padma!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Joanne!

ARUNA said...

Thanks hayatcemrasi!

ARUNA said...

Thanks a lot Jeevan.

PriyaRaj said...

Wow amazing ....this looks very colorful & delicious Aruna...1st time here, u have a very nice space ... will follow u daily ...

Reshmi said...

ohh god what a colorful cake...gorgeous n yummylecious...really a temptation to my eyes n tongue...congrats aruna for making such a fabulous cake...

Ms.Chitchat said...

First time to ur space and got carried away with ur baking. Following u to enjoy them as and when they r posted.

Chitchat

Judy said...

You can count on Ina to have good recipes. I watch her all the time.

Choclette said...

Oh this looks stunning with the red plums and white sponge. Upside down cakes are so good and now I've just seen your Chocolate Chile Cake below which is tempting me, so better go and have a look at that one too!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is so yummy !! Hey Aruna nice to see your post after a long time !!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Priya!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Reshmi!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Ms Chitchat!

ARUNA said...

Judy that's true, we can count on Ina's recipes!!

ARUNA said...

choclette: Tx for going thru my recipes!!

ARUNA said...

Hi Bharat, nice to c u in my space after a long time!!

Siddhi S said...

wow aruna...very attractive n yummy cake...i am drooling over it...lovely recipe...super yumy

Rico said...

You inspired me to do a plum something as I have some plums going bad and need to use them ..this by the way look super delicious and fantastic thx for sharing kisses xxx

Kanchan said...

This Cake is new to me !
And it looks direct from the Bakery , totally perfect !

AdukalaVishesham said...

thank you for that detailed recipe... definitely a must try one... good pic too

~ Lopa said...

That's a yummy treat, never thought of this preparation, something new and such a delight !

Will follow yours, not to miss anything here :)

Thanks for sharing and Thanks for dropping by at my blog and commenting :)

Rachel said...

I love tatins all courtesy the caramelized fruits.

Padhu said...

Looks gorgeous! u are a queen when it comes to baking.I like the way u give minor details.

Pam said...

OMG...that looks wonderful...you did a great job!...Bravo!

Enjoy!

shahana said...

Awesome recipe!! Im bookmarking this.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Hi Thanks for dropping by my blog. This cake just look amazing! I will visit you more often from now to check what you are baking..

Swapna said...

Hello Aruna, I am a fellow libran too :) guess we share the same interest - Food !!!
Thanks for your comments..do visit again

Aruna Manikandan said...

Cake looks awesome dear!!!

Haven't tried any cake so far,

I have bookmarked and definitely going to try this out

Lovely clicks:-)

ARUNA said...

Thanks Siddhi!

ARUNA said...

Hi Rico, so have u tried this yet!!

ARUNA said...

Kanchan: It is definitely not from bakery :)

ARUNA said...

Adukalavishesham: Tx for the visit yaa.

ARUNA said...

Lopa thanks for following me, its always great to have people who admire ur blog.

ARUNA said...

Hi Rachel, yeah never knew tatins will b so delicious!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Padhu, i'm still a learner yaa!

ARUNA said...

Thanks for the visit Pam!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Shahana!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Sonia!

ARUNA said...

Nice to c a fellow libran swapna!

ARUNA said...

Thanks for stopping by Aruna's blog Aruna :)

kyobinbou said...

I just love your new creation Aruna :D They just look delicious!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you for your visit ;)

What a beautiful and delicious-sounding dessert. It's making my mouth water!

Mary said...

Aruna, this is my second comment on this post. I just wanted you to know how great it looks. I'm not a fan of plums but your photos have convinced me to try this beautiful cake. Have a great day...Mary

Chitra said...

I love Barefoot Contessa too! This looks amazing:)

Latha said...

Awesome cake...lovely clicks as well.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and your lovely comments.

indosungod said...

The cake looks beautiful. I love the color and I bet it tastes good too.

Ann said...

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed the detailed photgraphy on this post. I'm a big Ina fan too!

Jaleela said...

yummy cake

Sophie said...

A georgous tarte tatin!! Just look at those lovely colours, Aruna!!


MMMMMMM,...all the way!!!

Akal's Saappadu said...

Dear Aruna,
thank you for the comment and for the visit!! you have a delicious space here, loved your cake recipes specially and the fried devilled eggs recipe!!!

the tatin upside down cake looks absolutely fantastic!! the way you've pictured & described them makes me crave for it right now!!! lovely!!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love a tart tatin and yours is drop-dead gorgeous.
Sam

sangi said...

Luks yummy!
Tnx 4 the visit Aruna

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Looks delicious! I have only ever tried tarte tatins with apples - but plums are in season so i must give this a try.

ARUNA said...

Hey Mary, even i never liked plums till i made this cake...trust me on this!

ARUNA said...

Tx Chitra

ARUNA said...

Thanks Latha!

ARUNA said...

Indosungod: Yes its a beautiful cake indeed!

ARUNA said...

Tx Ann!

ARUNA said...

Tx Jaleela!

ARUNA said...

Savoring time in the kitchen: Tx for the visit!

ARUNA said...

Sophie: Tx

Akal : Thanks.

Sam: Tq

Sangi : Thanq

A spoonful of sugar : Tx for the visit.

Debinhawaii said...

So pretty--bright and colorful. I love Ina's recipes--they always give great results.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Aloha,

Deb

petite nyonya said...

This tatin looks really impressive! Haven't tried it before but would love to some day.

Krishnaveni said...

It looks colourful and mouth watering

Kate at Serendipity said...

Aruna, this looks wonderful. I love the combination of plums and cake. I think that it's when you hold it over your head after pulling it from that adds that extra je ne sais quoi...

Gorgeous!

deepti said...

Dear Aruna
Thanks 4 dropping in!!
It was Gr8 visiting ur awesome space here ....Wonderful clicks too !!
Ur Tatin is soo tempting !!

Traci said...

Oh my goodness. How amazing does that look - drool is RIGHT. Yum. Yum. Yummy! COngrats on how well it came out!
:-)
Traci

Poorna said...

Hi Aruna!
Thanks for stopping by at my blog. Tatin looks yummy and colourful!


kind regards,
Poorna.

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Cake sure looks tempting and colorful .:)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

First time here dear. You have plenty of bakes and cakes going on. Just my kind of dessert. Gotta keep you in the loop to see more of your creations that tempt my eyeballs. Following you. ;)

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Just beautiful!! I can't wait to try this!

Marice said...

awwww thats indeed colorful :)

Barbara said...

You can't beat Ina for luscious recipes! Fattening, but heavenly. This is fabulous...I'd have ice cream on top. Aren't I terrible? Bananas would be a great idea- they would be wonderful with that caramel all over them. Although it would end up a flatter cake.

Stella said...

Hey Aruna, I love the idea of a plum tatin. I bet the juiciness of the plums made it nice and moist. I have been thinking about making a tatin, so, if I do, I'll be back!

Anh said...

wow. that looks good!

♥peachkins♥ said...

wow! This looks really delicious!

ARUNA said...

Thanks for all your wonderful comments guys!!!

Cynthia said...

Tartin-upside down cake, either way it is beautiful!

Aysha said...

You simply have the best recipes on earth....just love visiting ur blog....this recipe is just amazing!!!

FoodLovers said...

cake looks gorgeous ...looks delicious dear
hey iam hosting a give away if ur intrested pls doo stop by at my blog .

RennyBA's Terella said...

You're temptations is getting more of more tempting every time I visit - hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :-)

and now you get a lot of attention and comments too - you really deserve that the way you present you're lovely food!

Happy Weekend :-)

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

wowww its really fantastic..looks yummy&beautiful !!

Ammu said...

Looks delicious & tempting. Beautifully presented.

Valarmathi said...

Wow.......cake looks beautiful and delicious. And thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.

Bharathy said...

183 Voices!!!!above me and that says it all..:)
Plum upside down cake or tatin is new to me..:)Looks so yummy...helpful step by step pictures....
Should try it with bananas :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

It's so funny that when you said Clafouti I knew what you meant. I made one once and it was wonderful. I just always thought the name itself sounded like a disease :) This tartin looks wonderful!!!!!

You should check out an apple & thyme tartin by Tyler Florence. I think you would love it.

Alexandra said...

Hi Aruna, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I just browsed through yours and it's great! I love indian food and I've tried my hand at it with a couple of recipes in my blog (I made some pretty jalebi! Yum!) I am now your humble follower ^_^

Ana Powell said...

Awesome cake, so delicious.
Beautiful pictures.
Thanks for your comment x

Pete said...

The colour and texture sure look tempting!
Thks for dropping by my Veganformation Blog. Added your link to my blogroll. Cheers!

eOdissa.com said...

owow, yummy yummy..

Please add this type in www.eodissa.com

Justin said...

wow, those are some incredible colors

Jane said...

Hi Aruna,
This is one of the very prettiest upside down cakes I've seen. Plated up, it's really especially tempting! I've never had good luck with upside-down cakes (had a real disaster with one last summer), but I keep thinking I should give it another go. This recipe sure looks worth trying.
Nice blog you have here!
:) Jane

Heather said...

What a lovely Blog! Your recipes and pics are fabulous and I love the notes and detailed instructions.

Heavenly Housewife said...

My new blog went up today and I am so excited. Stop by and check out my brand new and improved site daaaahling. I want to know what you think. I'm also doing a fab give away.
*kisses* HH

msmeanie said...

I LOVE Ina Garten and pretty much all her recipes. I made her apple tatin for Thanksgiving last year and LOVED it. This plum version looks delicious too! Great step-by-step photos!

Cakelaw said...

This looks fabulous - I'd love a big slice.

N S said...

Wow, looking really tempting. Excellent pics. Please collect your awards at my blog

Kamalika said...

Seeing so many tempting dishes, understood that the title temptation fits just perfect for ur blog....added u to my blog list to share ur temptations with my kitchen and my family....

Silence Sings said...

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Pravs said...

Colorful and temption pics :)First time here.

Suma Rajesh said...

loooks fabulous dear...great job

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