Tuesday, September 23, 2008

TWD: Dimply Plum Cakelets


Hmm... You know, this cake has been making the rounds quite a bit. And every time I see it pop up, my first thought is "Oh, what a cute name for a cake!" Yeah, I'm also the sort of person who immediately goes for anything with sprinkles. And how can you resist things with names like snickerdoodle? For some reason, the use of "dimply" to describe this cake automatically made me want to like it.

Luckily, dimply plum cake was the pick by Michelle for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie, so my expectations could either be fully met or completely smooshed. And let me tell you, my expectations kept rising as I made this. My plums were perfectly ripe, just the slightest bit tangy. The batter smelled - seriously - like chocolate chip cookie dough, minus the chocolate. And as it was baking? It still smelled like that. Now, I'm the sort of weirdo who really likes chocolate chip cookies minus the chocolate. So sue me, but I love love love plain cookies made with brown sugar - they're more complex than sugar cookies, and you really taste the quality of the ingredients. So you can imagine when I realized that I basically was going to have chocolate chip-less cookies in cake form quite soon.


Not only that, these totally looked like the picture. Well, ignoring the halving of the recipe and subsequent use of my tartlet pans instead of a square pan (don't own one). So me and the boyfriend were quite excited to dig in and see what they tasted like soon after they cooled. And... umm... they were good, but... I don't know. The cake part was a bit dry and crumbly, and I would have loved to have plum throughout. It makes me wonder if I could have just chopped up the plums, sacrificed the pretty presentation, and just mixed them in. The cake was a bit too sweet without the fruit to counterbalance also. Wrapping up the remaining four cakelets, I figured I'd just trust Dorie when she said that the texture changes dramatically by the next day.

Lo and behold, I pulled one out the next night (seriously guys, you need to stop picking things I can't help but keep all to myself), and the texture was completely different. Soft throughout, just a little crunchy on the edges, and nicely jammy around the plum half. After that, I was a goner. Or the cake was. Or both. Needless to say, I want to try this recipe again with different fruit distribution methods and possibly different fruits as well. Definitely a good jumping off point, and definitely tasty.


Last Week: Chocolate Chunkers (which the boyfriend is still 100% smitten by)
Next Week: Creme Brulee

74 comments:

n.o.e said...

I used a tart pan also - your little ones look absolutely adorable. Dimply was an appealing name to me also, but boy, are there some differing opinions on that! I found myself wanting as much plum as possible to complement the cake flavors. Next time I'll just jam them on top. Glad these were a hit with you.
Nancy

PheMom said...

That is just so dang cute! I really love how unique yours looks - great job!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i would love to have my own cakelet--so cute!

Marthe said...

Your cakelets look so cute!!

HoneyB said...

I love how you used tart pans! I also am a wierdo in the fact that I love chocolate chip cookies....without the chocolate! :)

PS: Rudy, my kitten is sitting on my lap at the table as I type. One arm on the table watching my laptop (in honesty, probably with his eyes shut...hehe). I wish I could take a picture!

Lori said...

hahaha - different fruit distribution methods, that's so scientific and i love it! what a great idea to use the little tart pans, each with one plum half.

Cathy said...

The only thing that sounds cuter than a "Dimply Plum Cake" is a "Dimply Plum Cakelet!!" How adorable is that?? And it is the rare baked good that tastes better on day two, so that's definitely one thing this one has going for it. Yours looks great, and I'm glad you liked it on day two!

Alwayzbakin said...

Yours look so much cuter in those little tartlets. I think they look great!

Pamela said...

I really enjoyed the cake using cherries. Maybe next time I'll be able to find out what the texture is on day 2.

Steph said...

I am exactly the same when it comes to chocolate chip cookies.. the cookie is the best part. As for sugar cookies, I find that they are too bland and one dimensional tasting or all you can taste is the butter. My cake was a little crumbly too, but the best part about baking with fruit is the moisture so on the next day it was really good and exactly as you described it. Your tart pan idea was great and your cakelets look really nice!

Rigby said...

Your little cakes are beautiful! I agree that the texture is better the next day!

Sarah said...

I halved the recipe as well and baked them in ramekins. I chopped nectarines and liked how they were in every bite. But they weren't as pretty as yours! Great job!

Di said...

Gorgeous little cakes--great idea to use the tart pans! I want to try this one with the fruit mixed in, too.

Flourchild said...

Lovely! Im with you on loving chocolate chip cookies with out the chips..I love the cookie part too! Im glad you enjoyed this recipe. Your cake is so darling! Oh ..you can stay home from work today!!

Jules Someone said...

Very cute little cake! I agree that the fruit needs to be a little more evenly distributed. I'm right with you on the cookie dough. Mmmmm.

Karen said...

I am loving how different everyone made these this week! The presentation is lovely! :)

Maria said...

Cakelets? How cute is that?? VERY! I love them!

Prudy said...

I love that last pic-it's so gorgeous and natural looking. You're making me want to make it again!

Anne said...

Wow, it does look beautiful with the plum right in the middle! I think you're right, though, that fruit throughout might taste even better.

I'm totally on board with you about the cookie dough. I usually snitch around the chocolate pieces (though I love them after they bake!)

Susie Homemaker said...

That looks great in mini form!
Love it! (though not trying it, sorry.)
:)

CB said...

Tart pan is adorable! I love the ruffly edges. I agree. The 2nd day was so moist and yummy. Definitely one of those desserts that are better the next day IMO.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Mara said...

cute...your little cakes are so fun..i also did little ones. lol re loving the name, it scared me.

Jamie said...

So adorable! I love all things mini!

Amy said...

Adorable! I loved this cake as well - my favorite TWD so far! I love your "cakelets" - very cute idea!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Mary Ann said...

I love the look of your little cake! Doesn't it make you happy when the picture turns out like the book? Yours looks great!

rainbowbrown said...

I agree, dimply baked good = love, no matter what. I dig the individual fluted cute circles with the single plum half in the center thing. Super.

ostwestwind said...

Great looking picture with the one and only plum in the tart pan!

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Oh, they are so adorable! The plums looks just perfect! Great job!

Christine said...

Your cakelets are so cute and the plum in the middle is so eye catching. Definitely gets better the next day I am glad you enjoyed it!

Marie said...

Ohh, Your little cake is sooo cute!!! I Love the colour of your plum! It's really pretty! I adored this recipe as you know! Glad that you enjoyed it as well!

SUGAR BETTY said...

WOW! It's like mini plum cakes. Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing! :)

Jess said...

Those are some aesthetically pleasing little cakes...it is turning out better the next day, I agree. And I am also a lover of chocolate chip cookies without chips...actually, I like the dough without chips. Mmm, raw eggs!

Beryl said...

Dimpled mini cakelets! Cuteness overload!

Kayte said...

Oh, these little cakelets are so darn cute! You think of the most clever ways to do things each week...I am so non-creative that I even measured my pan to see if it was the same size as Dorie's...LOL...totally can't wing things over here.

Chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate? Now we are talking...why did I never think of that?

Love your posts and photos each week!

www.grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com

Lauren said...

What a great job as always. I love the butterfly plate as well.

Natashya said...

I love the mini tart version! And the butterfly plates - beautiful.

chocolatechic said...

I love it in the tartlet pans.

I also love chocolate chip cookie dough without the chips. I try to make at least 2 cookies out of the batch without chips.

Wendy said...

I wasn't impressed with the taste last night (when I made it). I'll definitely try it again tonight.

BAKE-EN said...

Wow, I love the way your cake came out in the tartlet pan. Just beautiful! I made the cake today, so I can't wait to try it tomorrow.

TeaLady said...

TARTLETTES!!! How fantastic. And the plate makes it look very exotic. Great job.

Tammie said...

LOL -- You are my husband are alike when it comes to cookies. The other day he said, "These cookies would be awesome, if maybe you didn't put in the chocolate chips." Uhhh, they were chocolate chip cookies! :-)

Anyhow, I like your idea of making these in the little tart pans. I'll have to try that. I agree too -- tasted better the second day!

Laura said...

Oh my, those tartletes are darling! They look so much better than in the square pan! I agree with you about how they were the next day - so much better!

kim said...

every time someone uses a mini tart pan i want to run out to the store!! ;) so adorable. i liked it much better the 2nd day.

Fit Chick said...

I love your little cakes, great idea! And, I'm with you and the chocolate chip cookies minus the chips.

Tracey said...

I love the mini tarts! Looks wonderful! And I'm with you on the chocolate chip cookies...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That last photo is fabulous.
Yes, this did totally change by the next day! I remember that.

ITP Foodie/Joh103 said...

your cake is so adorable!!!!!

Carol Peterman said...

Aren't these perfect for individual tarts? I love the fluted edges on yours.

Bria said...

Your cake looks gorgeous! I really need to get myself some of those cute fluted tins. The one plum in the centre is so cute!

Tammy said...

mine was dry as well, but i love the look of yours!!

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, that is too cute! What a fabulous idea!

Brooke said...

If I only thought to be cute like you and use little tart pans. Ding dang.

Em said...

What a great idea - tartlette pans! Looks fantastic - seriously!!

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Erin said...

Your little cake is so cute! I love the tart pan. I wonder what this would have been like if you had mixed the plums throughout. I would be interesting to see how the flavor would change!

The Food Librarian said...

Love the tarts or cakettes. And I'm soooo one of those people who can eat cookies without the ch chips! The plain dough is the best.

chou said...

So cute!

Cristine said...

Looks great! Glad you liked it!

Jayne said...

So pretty in the mini tart pan! I loved the word "dimply" as well.

Madam Chow said...

These are absolutely beautiful! I'm so impressed!
Madam Chow
http://www.mzkitchen.com

Sandy Smith said...

So pretty! I love your use of the tartlet pans - perfect size for one.

The DeL Sisters said...

I love the individual size! Cute!

confectiona said...

No, don't lose the pretty presentation! I love the pretty presentation! The cake was definitely better the second day, and those tartlet pans are the cutest thing. I have got to get hold of some.

Jacque said...

Your plums look fantastic... great color! Interesting about the next-day texture.

kellypea said...

Absolutely fabulously beautiful! I love your description of the changes the next day. Mmmm...bite please?

Carla said...

I wonder what they would be like cupcake form? The mini tarts are too cute and allows for easy sharing (if you are willing to, that is ;) )

Zoe said...

I used prune plums, that's why I fit so many on my cake! The little tartlet pans was a good idea, single serving sizes are always a plus :)

Mike Spoodles said...

Once again, a little change like the size/shape of the pan makes a baked good more delicious and beautiful. I think I have the brass tacks down, and it's time to tackle the aesthetics of baking.

Shandy said...

I LOVE your little tartlette plum cake! Brilliant I say! You loved the cake the second day more then the first? I am going to have to re-bake this and try plums that are normal sized. I want to taste what everyone else tasted =D

LyB said...

Yep, definitely a great starting point for other fruits and spices. I love the individual servings you made, really cute. :)

Jenny said...

Sorry I haven't been around much lately....
I'm with you on the cookie dough without the chips. Yummy.

Lori said...

Love those contrasting colors. It looks beautiful.

Shirlie said...

beautiful little cake! you're right, the cake was much better the following day. I like how you described it, "jammy"!

SiHaN said...

oh making them in the little tartlet trays are so damm cute! great work there. I just baked up mine. Can't wait to see how they'll be like the next day!