3 June 2013

Plum Cake

It's come to my attention that every single one of the recipes I have posted so far includes chocolate in some way! Slightly mad about chocolate? Me? No!

Whilst this recipe doesn't include any chocolate it is still moreishly good. And the fact that it contains fruit means it's totally legitimate to go back for seconds...and thirds. 

Start by slicing up some plums

Then make a caramel to roast these plums in. Fruit's getting real now

Brown sugar and butter...still healthy, right?

Melt it all together and throw in them plums

Meanwhile, whip up a really easy and super tasty cake batter

Spoon the cake batter into the tin and throw the plums on top and bake

In the meantime you are going to want to lick spoons. Of course, there's the obvious cake batter spoon. Now don't get me wrong, cake-batter-spoon-licking is one of my favourite past times but the caramel spoon is sooo good! It's like fruity-jamy-caramelly deliciousness. You're not just gonna want to lick the spoon, you're gonna want to scrape that plan clean (exactly what I did)

Enough caramel talk. Recipe time

6 plums
50g brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
125g butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
100g self raising flour
50g ground almonds
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to fan 160
Grease and line a deep 8-inch cake tin
Start by cutting the plums into 6 or 8 slices
In a medium-sized frying pan, melt the brown sugar with the tbsp of butter. Once it has a melted together, add a splash of hot water. It will splutter a lot but then it will thin down the sauce slightly making it better for coating the plums. Throw in the plums and turn the heat down to low and let them caramelize
Whilst the plums are caramelizing, beat together the caster sugar and butter
Add the eggs, one at a time
Fold in the flour, ground almonds and baking powder
Spoon the batter into the tin
Place the plums on top. You could try to do this in neat concentric circles but I quite like the rustic look. Drizzle over the remaining caramel sauce then bake for about 40 minutes. I started checking mine after 25 but it took 40 minutes of baking for a skewer to come out clean
Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely

1 comment:

  1. Mmmmm how delicious!!! I tend to only bake cakes with chocolate or dried fruit in....(I usually throw chocolate in to every cake I make as it's my favourite..i'm even eating chocolate as I write this!)
    I definitely count cake as 'healthy' if it has fruit in it, and YES you can definitely have thirds..maybe even fourths.