I Plumb Forgot

I plumb forgot about that gizmo in the kitchen drawer when I went to make a plum cake. I was wrestling with some plums and they were winning until Bill reminded me about the fruit corer in the drawer. Doubtful, I tried it and, yes, it perfectly pulled the pit out of the plum!  I settled the score with the plums. Now, on to the real reason for this blog posting.

Plum Küchen

Plums are a plenty, so make a good ‘ole Bavarian-style plum cake. You’ll need a 9-inch springform pan for this.


  • 8 plums, cored and sliced thinly
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar (for the plums)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (for the crust)
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Halve and pit the plums. Mix the plums with 3/4 cup of sugar and the tapioca. Let stand for about 15 minutes. (This helps absorb the juices.)

For the crust, cream the butter and 1 cup of sugar together until fluffy.

In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. It will be crumbly. Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a springform pan and one inch up the sides.

Arrange the plums, cut side down, in the shell. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of the crumbly mixture.

Bake in 400⁰ oven for 45 minutes. Cool in pan then remove the sides. Serve with whipped cream.

Note: You can substitute Italian plums which are smaller so you will need about 16 plums.

What is the origin of the phrase “I plumb forgot?” It’s always fun to find out about where these sayings come from. 


You’re Still Hot!

Here’s a fun centerpiece idea for any birthday age 40 and beyond. Make several if you have multiple tables. The centerpiece(s) are also take-home gifts. They make clever outdoor table decorations especially if you’re having a BBQ.

You Will Need

  • Ornamental chili pepper plant (note, peppers are not edible)
  • Spanish moss (craft store)
  • Floral foam
  • Various hot sauces, BBQ sauces, spicy meat rubs
  • Wooden crate (Michaels), basket, or something to hold everything
  • Signage (I used a mini chalkboard pick from Michaels, but you can make a sign from paper)

Click here to watch my e-How video on how to pull this off. (With a few additional ideas.)

Need a gift for a 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th and Beyond Birthday?
Men really like this one!

Gather hot and BBQ sauces, meat and fish rubs, grill implements, instant-read thermometer, apron. Put everything in a brown paper gift bag with handles (Michaels) stuffed with red and black tissue paper. Write all over the bag in red and black markers with words such as:

  • Happy Birthday Joe…You’re Still Hot at 60! Love, the Kelley Family
  • Sizzle!
  • Burn baby burn!
  • Ouch!
  • Get the fire extinguisher!
  • Third-degree burning going on!
  • Call 9-1-1!
  • Put on the A/C!

It’s all about fun and we’re having tons with this birthday centerpiece and gift idea.