Plum-thyme upside-down cake

Plum and thyme play perfectly off of one another to balance sweet and savory, and the brown sugar weaves a caramelized flavor throughout the entire cake.


Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 min. preparation time, 45 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 328 / Protein 3g / Carbohydr. 36g / Fat 20g

Ingredients (12 servings)

227 gbutter (divided)
200 gcrème fraîche
188 gall-purpose flour
167 gbrown Muscovado sugar (divided)
100 gsugar
6ripe plums
1lemon (zest)
3 tbspfresh thyme
1 tspbaking powder
1 tspvanilla extract
0.5 tspbaking soda
0.5 tspsalt


oven, cooling rack, mixing bowls, lemon zester, rubber spatula, springform pan (23-cm/9-inch), cutting board, knife, stand mixer or hand mixer with beaters

Wine Tip

Port wine
The spice and fruitiness of a not-too-intense port wine complements this cake well.

Step 1

Plum-thyme upside-down cake

Heat oven to 175°C/350°F. Place some of the butter in pan and place it in oven until butter melts, approx. 5 min. Remove pan from the oven, swirl butter around the pan, and sprinkle brown sugar over it evenly. Meanwhile, pit and slice plums and chop thyme.

oven, springform pan, cutting board, knife

57 g butter / 67 g brown Muscovado sugar / 6 ripe plums / 3 tbsp fresh thyme

Step 2

Plum-thyme upside-down cake

Arrange plum slices over brown sugar in concentric circles so that bottom of pan is covered in a single layer.

Step 3

Plum-thyme upside-down cake

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chopped thyme and set aside. In another large bowl, cream remaining butter with remaining sugars and lemon zest. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each, until mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla extract.

rubber spatula, stand mixer or hand mixer with beaters

188 g all-purpose flour / 1 tsp baking powder / 0.5 tsp baking soda / 0.5 tsp salt / 170 g butter / 100 g brown Muscovado sugar / 100 g sugar / 1 lemon (zest) / 2 eggs / 1 tsp vanilla extract

Step 4

Plum-thyme upside-down cake

Mix in half of flour mixture, then add half of crème fraîche and mix until just combined. Repeat until all flour and crème fraîche is incorporated. Pour batter into cake pan and spread it evenly over plums. Transfer to preheated oven and bake at 175°C/350°F until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean and center is set, approx. 40 to 50 min.


200 g crème fraîche

Step 5

Plum-thyme upside-down cake

Cool cake in pan for no more than 10 – 15 min., then invert onto a wire cooling rack to cool before serving. Enjoy!

cooling rack