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!