I love to bake, but my pies and scones are my specialty. My cookies used to be good until we moved to Seattle. Not sure why, but every cookie I have made here has been sawdust.
However, I just made the best cake EVER, in my life. We had a bunch of plums from my CSA at the farmer's market. They were a bit overripe for eating, but I couldn't throw them out and wasn't up for making jam. I searched and found:
This bit of heaven has a tender vanilla cake covered by sweet/tart plums. I used Ina Garten's recipe with a couple of minor changes. I used my 9 inch cast iron skillet. Made the sugar and water syrup in that, then placed the plums in the skillet, covered it with the cake batter and baked.
It came easily out of the pan onto the plate. Can't eat it all right away? No worries, just wrap it up and put it in the refrigerator. Cut a slice, microwave for 13-15 seconds and eat. Still amazingly delicious after two days, especially with french roast coffee. Now that I am all sugared up, I have to get sewing!