Monday, 1 September 2014

Plum and almond cake

Well, I was really popular today at work, thanks to Shaheen at Allotment to Kitchen's yummy plum cake recipe.

The plums into the allotment have all been ripening over the past week or so. It's my first year of getting plums so is quite exciting. I bought the tree from QD for about £6 about 3 years ago. It's tap root had been cut off to fit in the pot so I didn't expect that much from it but lo and behold it's been worth the wait. It's a variety called opal.

So looking for plum recipes I had a search of Shaheen's blog and this one caught my eye. Jan helped make it and we were also making plum chutney at the same time.

The recipe is nice and easy, just remember you need to allow time for your butter to have softened first. Here's the pre-baked mixture - you put in half, layer out half the plums, add the rest of the mixture then put the rest of the plums on.
And the finished result! The cake mixture rises up to cover the top plums. It took a little bit longer to bake than in the recipe but things seem to always do that with our oven. I might also put flaked almonds on another time (I love almonds).

The cake didn't last very long, my hungry colleagues devoured it in few minutes and people were rushing from all over the office to get a bit!

This recipe is definitely a keeper!




  1. Surely even Mary Berry would enjoy that.

  2. Oh wow, the sponge looks lovely. We suddenly have plums too, but I am looking for some new recipes to make rather than ones I've made before, so watch my blog space. Again thank you for your kind words, agree with you that almonds would be fab on the cake too.