Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Dimply Plum Cake

This cake... This cake... It's driving me nuts. This Dimply Plum Cake, chosen by Michelle, of Bake-En, as this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, is now my new favorite recipe from Baking From My Home to Yours. I never thought that a cake, with plums, could be so delicious.


The first time I made it, I halved the recipe, because, well, I didn't know just how good it would be. And then I realized what a huge mistake I'd made. The combination of plums with the orange zest and tonka bean instead of cardamom, was just fabulous.

And if it wasn't for Isabelle who piqued my curiosity by using tonka bean in her Black and White Banana Loaf, I wouldn't have looked twice at the small container of tonka beans at the farmer's market fancy spice shop. Again, that would have been a huge mistake! Just the smell of the beans is enough to drive anyone nuts. They smell like amaretto and vanilla, and the tiniest amount adds something to a recipe that will have you wondering, what is that?

Along with the tonka beans and orange zest, I used tiny, almost cherry sized plums from, again, my favorite farmer's market. They are incredibly sweet and juicy, and so deeply purple. Being so tiny, they seem to just melt into the cake. So, you see, I had to make it again. And I did, just yesterday. And I keep going back for one more slice. And then, oh, just one more tiny slice.


I'm telling you, this cake is beyond delicious. Have I said that before? It's REALLY delicious! So, Michelle will probably have the recipe up soon, but for now either open up your favorite baking book to page 41 or visit Deb of Smitten Kitchen who made the exact same cake last month. Have fun baking!

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34 comments:

Amy said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! It was my favorite TWD recipe so far too!! I looooooved it!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Lori said...

OK, you have convinced me. Other TWDers like this one (I didn't), but no one has loved it the way you do! I want to use some of those tiny plums next time.

CB said...

Amaretto and vanilla you say? I must get my hands on some tonka beans now! So glad you enjoyed the dimply cake. Love all your pictures. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Sandie said...

Loved this post, your enthusiasm is contagious! I can tell how much you loved this cake, which makes me want to try it all the more.

Now...off to find Tonka Beans!

rainbowbrown said...

My sentiments exactly. Your big round fluted cake is gorgeous!

Manggy said...

Lynne, you always come up with the cutest shots of the cakes!! :) I think it's so funny that you made the cake so many times in succession 'cause you loved it so much!!! (Well, given how delicious it looks from here, I don't blame you!)

Engineer Baker said...

I love the slice - the plum is so vibrant! And tonka beans... I'm thinking I should try to track some down now...

Jess said...

Love that plum/cake cross-section! Glad you enjoyed it so much. Now I think I need to get a tonka bean.

chocolatechic said...

Your cake looks wonderful.

I had never heard of a tonka bean. Then I saw that they are banned in the US...drat!

Sarah said...

Yum...I will have to be on the lookout for tonka bean. That sounds right up my alley. Great job!

nicisme said...

Looks wonderful! Not heard of a tonka bean though.

TeaLady said...

Tonka Bean!!! I will have to look for that one..... Cake looks good.

Ginny said...

tonka bean? now im intrigued...sounds delicious!

Heather said...

that is beautiful and i LOVE the picture with the zester. how perfect!

Carol Peterman said...

The fluted pan makes your cake look like a beautiful flower. I too had never heard of tonka bean and was especially curious that I couldn’t find reference to it in any of my spice books or my copy of Food Lover's Companion. Wikipedia to the rescue! Turns out it is banned in the US. No wonder many of us haven’t heard of it.

Mandy said...

the cake looks really yummy!I need to try this soon.

Tracey said...

I love the shape of your cake - it looks wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it so much! I thought it was good as well.

Peggy said...

Never heard of a tonka bean? Love your smaller plums. Mine were huge. I didn't love this cake. . .at first. . now I do!

Bria said...

Wow! It looks fantastic! That tonka bean sounds very interesting.

Aimée said...

How lovely! A perfect fall cake, if I may say so. I've been obsessed with Tonka for a while...there's nothing like it!

The Food Librarian said...

What a sweet looking cake! I love the cross section photo of the baked plum - just gorgeous!!!

Gigi said...

This cake is just stunning! I love how small the plums are ...too cute!

Marthe said...

Your cake looks so cute!!

Grace said...

you're the first twd-er i've come across who loved the cake--you must have a magic touch. or perhaps magic beans. :)

bakingwiththeboys said...

One of best things about TWD is seeing all of the different reactions to each week's selection. I enjoyed reading about your unadulterated love for this cake. I liked it but it didn't inspire this kind of reaction in me.

Wonder why those beans are banned down here? bummer

vibi said...

AH! OUI! Super idée la tonka!

...et que dire de ton moule! Woahhh... la forme est superbe; comme d'hab les photos aussi, on croirait y être!

Katie said...

This looks great and I have never heard of a tonka bean and I will now be on the look out. I love the shape of the cake pan you used.

andrew said...

Cool! A banned bean I've never heard of (the cake and the beans both look beautiful) - I can see Canada from the window in our office here at work...wonder how far I'd have to go to find some beans...

Rebecca said...

Ohhhhhh, I love it when plums have that deep pink band. Stunning.

lemontartlet said...

One more tiny slice... hehehehe. Love it!

Brilynn said...

Dorie wins again!

This is such a pretty cake!

Jacque said...

Wow, you've convinced me to try it again, in a bigger pan. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

Yoga for Stomach said...

Very creative idea! Splendid

rhid said...

I love plums in a cake like this. I also love the shape of this cake - gorgeous!

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