At Penrith library I found a beautiful recipe for a plum cake. Yes, I judged the recipe by the photo and luckily the cake tasted just as good as the photo looked!
Mieze's plum cake
From Good Living Summer by Jill Dupleix, Brigitte Hafner and Stephanie Alexander
I used 6 plums instead of the 10-12 recommended and used slightly less sugar and butter in the topping. The recipe recommends to use a 26cm spring form tin, but my 21cm tin worked fine.
What you need
For the topping
- 50g butter
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 180g butter, softened
- 150g caster sugar
- 135g plain flour
- 135g self raising flour
- Pinch salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 70ml milk
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 6 plums, cut in half and stones removed
What you need to do
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line the bottom of a 21 cm spring form tray with baking paper, and grease the sides.
- Topping: Melt butter and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. When cool, stir in beaten eggs. Leave to the side.
- Cake: Cream butter and sugar.
- Stir in flours and salt.
- Add beaten eggs and milk and combine to form a soft mixture. According to the book, the mixture should fall from the spoon when scooped up.
- Place the mixture into the baking tin. The cake will rise quite a bit, so the mixture should only come 1/4 of the way up the side of the tin.
- Smooth the top of the mixture with a spoon and sprinkle the almond meal on top.
- Pat down the mixture with your hands and place the plums on top, top side up, starting from the outside.
- Pour the topping mixture over and around the plums.
- Reduce oven temperature to 180 degrees and place the cake into the oven.
- Bake the cake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked in the middle (from my photos you can see mine was slightly undercooked)
The cake is wonderful. When I took it out of the oven I could smell what reminded me of spiced wine; the dark purple plum juices mixing with the cinnamon in the topping. Under the plums is a moist buttery cake, which becomes slightly purple closer to the top. It is really very good and I want some more!:)
If you are not a fan of plums or cannot find any, you could use other fruits, such as apples, pears, nectarines and peaches for example. Or, you could use a mixture of fruits on the top of your cake. I am also thinking if you did not have any fruit on hand, you could probably use jam as a substitute.