Saturday, 10 September 2011

Fresh Plum Cake

Making this is good fun when there's two of you in the kitchen; one to weigh and mix and one to chop the plums. This cake would go down well during an afternoon with a cup of tea- but as this cake is so light, it would sit just as happily with a glass of white wine on an evening.

Perfect for a celebratory evening of drinks and cake. Perhaps in aid of the return to University, back to work or just the coming of Autumn.. a reason to celebrate is never far..

150g butter
150g caster sugar
10-14 plums (quartered with stones removed)
3 eggs
75g plain flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
100g ground almonds
50g chopped nuts

1. Preheat the oven to 180 and line and grease a cake tin (about 20cm in diameter / width)
3. Use an electric whisk to firstly beat the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time
4. Fold in the flour and baking powder with a metal spoon, rather than the mixer.
5. Add the ground almonds and nuts and mix them in, then spoon it all into your greased dish.
6. Squish in the plum quarters so they fit into the nooks and crannies.
7. Cook for 40 - 45 mins and test if it's done with a skewer (stick it in and if it comes out clean, it's done.)
8. Leave to cool for 15 mins before turning out and becoming a marvel.

(Credit is owed for the very most part to Mr Nigel Slater for this recipe.)


  1. One problem, I never got a slice....pass it over please, and the photos are great too!

  2. That looks delicious, I love plums and almonds.

  3. I've got some leftover custard and need a pudding to go with it. This looks just about perfect.

  4. wwwooow! this looks fantastic! must try soon.

  5. This looks so good! There is no better treat than homemade cake :) x

  6. Gorgeous! I love the tartness that fresh plums give to cake.

  7. Gorgeous photos! :) This looks delish!

  8. this is definitely one looker of a cake! while i like plums a lot, i've never actually used them in a baked good...however, i find this one hard to resist!

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  10. Oh yum - plum and almond cake is so delicious and yours looks really good.


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