Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie 11: Dimply Plum Cake... Sans Plums!



One of these days I think I'll have to stop writing the number of week's I've been participating in Tuesdays with Dorie... it'll get too long! I think I worked out that by the time I get to choose a recipe, it will be 3 years from now! I thought I joined far too late to even get to choose a recipe, so that's pretty exciting.

This week's recipe was chosen by Michelle of Bake-en. I wasn't particularly looking forward to this recipe I must admit. I had seen it in the book a few times whilst flicking through, and the thought of plums in a cake perplexed me. I'm not a big fan of fruits in cakes as it is, but a plum!? That's crazy talk. Anyway, as it were, there are not plums available in Australia at the moment. No stone fruits at all. So, I decided to go with blueberries- how adventurous! Everything tastes better with blueberries! In hindsight, I should have chosen a much juicier fruit, or added a whole lot more blueberries (I only studded the tops with them). I hadn't taken notice of Dorie's note, likening this cake to cornbread. The cake was so dry! I didn't even over bake it... Dry! Even so, the flavour of the cake was nice. Instead of cardamom and orange zest, I used cinnamon and lemon zest. I will definitely attempt this cake again once the Summer fruits hit our stores.

One last thing- S wants the world to know (or whoever reads my little blog...) that he is the mastermind (modest I know) behind all of the photo's on my blog. He's even threatening me with watermarking them! Thanks S!


15 comments:

PheMom said...

Great picture S! Thank goodness you have something nice to photograph LOL!! ;;wink;;

Lori said...

the top photo is gorgeous - props to S! we just didn't like this one, though your idea of using blueberries is great!

Steph said...

Your cake looks nice and tall! I like your addition of blueberries, it sounds like a really great idea. If they were in season, I would definitly make it.

n.o.e said...

Tell S that the photos are as scrumptious as the food! I love the way your mini's look with their little dimples. The cake does need a pretty high fruit ratio, though, so I can see why you'd want more blueberries.
Nancy

Bria said...

S is in all his glory from all your lovely comments!

Engineer Baker said...

Oh those are so adorable! Love minis, doncha know?

chocolatechic said...

Yours look beautiful.

HoneyB said...

Great photos! Blueberries don't sound bad...maybe a whipped cream topping would have helped the dryness?

Christine said...

Your cake looks great I love the dimples that the blueberries made. Great pics!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Kudos to both you and S.! Your cakes look gorgeous! The blueberries are a perfect substitute. Well done!

spatulascorkscrews said...

Great job on the cake, and kudos to S for the photos!

The Food Librarian said...

These look so cute! i love the cakes with blueberry - what a great fruit choice!

Carol Peterman said...

This one struck me as a bit odd initially as well, but I really like it. Definitely give it a try with stone fruit when the season hits. S takes lovely photos!

NQN said...

Great photos-especially the first one! I agree Blueberries make everything better and I like the sound of your variation too :)

LyB said...

It sounds great with blueberries. I'll keep in mind to add a lot of fruit though. :)