Easy plum cake
This is one of the easiest cake recipe that I had learnt long ago from a very good friend of mine. It’s been almost 15 years – I was like those new amateur baking lover and as per I remember; this was the very first cake I was able to bake perfectly. The texture and the flavours came out great on the very first trial. This very first achievement was a self confidence boost for me at that time.
We all have been making cakes with dry plums during festive season; which is a seasonal delight. But if you have not tried making cake with fresh plums yet; you must try this one. The cake has a very soft interior and the plum slices on top caramelise beautifully when baked. The recipe is very simple and quick; and can make a gorgeous gift for a friend this festive season.
By the way, before we start with the recipe I really want to share this new theory that I read in the newspaper yesterday. As the new year is approaching, this might help you in keeping up with resolutions next year: The article says Forget the To-Do List and Maintain a Done List !.
A done list catalogues everything completed that day, showing you how much progress you made instead of what is still left to do (positive thinking). This can make you more successful at work by motivating you to continue making progress towards your goals. According to research the maximum motivation boost during the workday comes from progress in meaningful work. It also helps in identifying trends in your own habits (knowing yourself). And also when the crisis pops up in everyday life and they draw your attention away from your plans, you will be able to see that the day wasn’t a waste because you accomplished something.
I will be making “DONE” list now onwards; you too can try. And lets get back to recipe now. Ok , as usual read the points below before you start baking:
1.When choosing the plums, look for smooth, unbruised skin with a chalky bloom, and firm flesh that gives a little juice when it’s gently squeezed. If they feel soft in the point where the dimple meets the stem, they’re overrripe.
2. To prepare the plums for cake — Using a sharp knife, cut in half following the line of the dimple, then gently grip each half and twist apart. Pull out the stone or ease out with the tip of the knife, then slice into wedges.
3. You might find that the sugar content in the recipe is little on a higher side, that is to cover the tartness of plums.
4. The cake making will require one dry mix (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, almond meal) and wet ingredients (eggs, sugar, butter milk, oil and vanilla extract). Mix them separate and fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Really really easy to prepare.
5. Preheat the oven, measure the ingredients accurately and bake with lots of love.
6. Use a spring form baking pan if you have one. It makes the baking much easier. But if you don’t have a spring form pan, use a regular one and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
7. The baking time depends on the size of pan – it took me almost 45 minutes at 160 *C in my 8 inch cake pan.
8.When you are baking, check the doneness of the cake by inserting a long toothpick in the centre of the cake; if it comes out clean the cake is done. Make sure you are not checking the doneness with a toothpick inserted in the caramelised plum on the top.
1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1/4 cup almonds flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs room temperature
1/2 cup flavourless oil (light olive oil, or vegetable, or canola)
1/2 cup butter milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of granulated white sugar
5 to 6 plums, halved and pitted and cut into slices
1 – 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Preheat your oven at 180*C and butter an 8 inch spring form pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir or whisk together the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, butter milk, and vanilla extract. Stir in the sugar.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the ingredients until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and evenly arrange the sliced plums on top of the batter, flesh side facing up. Sprinkle with the brown sugar.
Bake in preheated oven for about 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy with your hot coffee.