Plum Cake

Plum cake

Where HAS the summer gone? Can’t complain though, we’ve had a good summer here in the UK this year. We were given a load of plums from someone’s tree recently and I ended up making three of these plum cakes (not all for myself! One was for us, and the other two I gave away). It’s a great recipe, very easy, and the cake can be eaten warm with cream or ice-cream as a dessert, or cold as cake with a nice cup of tea (or coffee, whatever you like!). The recipe I used is this one here from the allrecipes website.

WHAT YOU NEED

– 150g caster sugar
– 115g butter, at room temperature
– 140g plain flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 2 large eggs
– 1 pinch salt
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (this wasn’t on the original recipe)
– 12 plums (approx), pitted and halved
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 tablespoon caster sugar for sprinkling

WHAT YOU DO

1. Preheat oven to 180C.

2. Beat sugar and butter until fluffy with electric mixer. Mix flour and baking powder and sift into creamed mixture. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and salt until well combined, but no longer.

3. Pour batter into a greased 26cm round springform tin and smooth out (I didn’t have a 26cm springform tin, so I used a loose-bottomed fluted tart tin, which was slightly smaller but worked just fine). Top with the plums (cut side up). Pack the plums close together as they will shrink during cooking. Sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon.

4. Bake in preheated oven on lowest shelf for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean (mine took 45 mins, I didn’t check with a skewer, I just did the press and spring check). Cool to room temperature or serve warm.

Easy right? And yum.

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19 responses to “Plum Cake

  1. There is something scrumptious about biting into a plump, ripe plum. Black plums especially! These are pretty much out of season for us, now, but after seeing that photo and reading about how yummy your pies turned out, I may need to see if I can track some down. (Plums seem to be one of those fruits that’s hard to find frozen.)

    Most of my regular blogger buddies have taken a break for the summer. It used to be, summer was a time to relax and slow down a bit. Now, though, there never seems to be a break unless we force ourselves. Which we definitely need to do, to catch our breath! I hope your break was good, but I’m glad to see you back around, too, Vanessa. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, I guess plums don’t freeze well. You see frozen berries a lot, and even frozen peach slices, but not plums! I may try making this cake with other fruit too, it really does seem like a particularly easy and quick recipe (not necessarily quick if you include the baking time, but you know what I mean!), and everyone likes it!

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