My husband brought home corn last weekend from the market that was so sweet it just begged to be made into a dessert. But, that was not quite what he had in mind for this batch so we grilled it, peeled it, and added a small squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt. The lime brings out the sweetness even more. The following day I was back at the market and got more of the sweet corn and some early season plums that I suspected would be a bit tart. I figured the tart plums and the milky, honey like corn would be great companions for a plum cupcake recipe.
Right away I knew that the corn would be turned to ice cream, with just a touch of vanilla and nothing more to distract from the delicate flavor. I baked the plums in a pound cake recipe that includes a touch of cornmeal. Not too much or it would be dense, but enough to give a hint of corn flavor and a nice texture. I left the skins on the plums because they were too gorgeous to remove and once they baked the skins were perfectly soft. We are weeks, if not months away from having these grow locally, but our neighbors to the south are kind enough to ship us their crops until then!
Sweet-Corn Ice Cream by Claudia Fleming’s book The Last Course:
4 ears fresh, sweet corn, shucked
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 vanilla bean
3/4 cup sugar
9 egg yolks
Cornmeal Pound Cake from The Last Course:
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (3 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup coarse cornmeal
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 small plums, cut in half and pit removed
sugar for sprinkling top of the cupcakes
preheat oven to 350 degrees
prepare 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners
Cream together butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and incorporate each well before adding the next. Add the milk and vanilla.
In another bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add half to the butter mixture and beat to combine. Add second batch of flour and combine well.
Scoop into muffin tins so that it comes half way up the cupcake liner. Place half plum skin side down into the batter. Make sure that it is pushed into the batter, but not submerged completely.
Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the edges of the cupcakes are golden brown.
To make ice cream, should be made a day ahead:
With a sharp knife slice the kernels off the corncobs. Cut the cobs in thirds.
Place the kernels, cobs, cream, milk, vanilla and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a sauce pan. Cook on a gentle simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off heat, remove cobs and vanilla,
then use an immersion Blender to puree the corn. allow to sit for about an hour.
Once the corn mixture has infused reheat it to a gentle simmer. Whisk the yolks and remaining sugar in a small bowl. Add a small portion of the hot corn/cream to the egg yolks and whisk. Keep adding the hot cream until the yolks are warm to the touch.
Add the yolk mixture back into the saucepan and stir with a spoon or spatula until it is thickened slightly and
Coats the back of a spoon.
Remove from heat and strain the custard through a strainer into an ice bath. Allow the ice cream custard to cool completely over the ice. Transfer the custard to a container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Then freeze in an Ice Cream Maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. Read my tips on getting a smooth silky texture from my post on coffee ice cream.
Allow the ice cream to temper (soften) for several moments and then serve with the plum pound cake cupcakes.
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31 thoughts to “Plum Cupcakes with Sweet-Corn Ice Cream!”
Never had corn ice cream, I am very interested in trying it now! I bet it is great with the plum cakes! So fun!
I love how the plums baked up! They look like little hearts just begging to be loved!
im so glad that you posted a recipe for tart plums
My tree is bursting with tart plums
I canned a bunch of plum pie filling and made some plum jam and didnt know what else to do with them
Hi Zoe –
Must have been that delicious sweet corn from FL! I’m in the middle of my Charcuterie class. Check out my blog. Hope to see you soon.
We aren’t yet in the full flush of summer but when we get plums, these are perfect.
Wow, with those heart-shaped plums, you really seem to be cooking up love in your kitchen. Beautiful.
That looks amazing!!! The plum and sweet corn combo sounds so delicious and unique!
The little cakes look great. I love grilled corn, and corn ice-cream? Even better! 🙂
What a novel ice cream flavor. And those little cakes look luscious and fruity.
again, blow me away beauty!
Your little plum cakes look so lovely! The plums look like little jewels. The ice cream has intrigued me. I would have never thought to make ice cream with corn, but it sounds wonderful!
This looks amazing and I NEVER would have thought to make ice cream out of the corn.
It seems way too early. We won’t have local plums or corn here for weeks and weeks and weeks.
Yes, they aren’t local here either, but they are so very tasty! Here in MN we are used to having to have much of our fruits from neighboring lands! 🙂
Wow, how creative. I’ve never had corn ice cream. It makes perfect flavor-sense though. Yum on the plums!
Wow do those plum cakes look fabulous! We haven’t had good plums yet, but I’ll be saving and trying this recipe.
And corn ice cream? Truly curious and interesting!
What a tasty combination! The corn has been incredibly sweet and good up here in Maine so far and I definitely want to make a dessert or two from it.
Guess great minds think alike-I have a post about plums this week too. Mine uses Jasmine ice cream on the side.
Am not familiar with corn ice cream but certainly am willing to give it a try! Yummy photos!
Very creative ice cream. I can almost picture it. Will have to try this sometime to experience it for myself.
The cupcakes look wonderful as well, they almost look like little hearts.
Yet another great recipe. I always find something good at your blog, Thanks! And the pictures are amazing.
The plum cupcakes look beautiful!
Beautiful! I love sweet corn ice cream. I will definitively give yours a try!
I found your website while browsing food blogs and bought your book last week. Just posted some photos of a couple of breads that I have made already. Wonderful. I love your blog and this new recipe looks amazing. Here in California, plums are starting to come into season and this is a fabulous looking dessert for this time of year. Thank you!!
This is a flavor combination I’d never have considered but it looks wonderful! I love the way the plums look almost like little round hearts on the cupcakes… corn ice cream sounds amazing and I’ll have to try it.
Unique and both the ice cream and the cupcakes are beautiful! What an amazing idea!
Hey! I may not be blogging much any more, but I still love reading your posts and this is another great one.
Sweet corn ice cream is actually quite popular here…we all love it! This looks lovely paired with the plum cupcake!
Hi Zoe! I just wanted to share that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your book! I posted today about my culinary success with the olive oil dough.
Thanks so much for writing the book – can’t wait for the new one in the fall!
Zoe these look absolutely delectable! I’m intrigued by the sweet corn ice cream.
I love how they look like little heart on top. 🙂
corn ice cream and gelato are big favorites in Brazil. It’s called milho verde and it’s delicious.