Recipe

Spiced plum cake

With flavours and colours that evoke that warm Christmassy feeling, this beautiful spiced plum makes the most of fresh plums, which are plentiful in this late summer season. It's the perfect recipe when you want to serve up a delightful dessert the family will adore.

  • 25 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

Spiced plum cake
  • 2 cup (300g) plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoon dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 180 gram butter, softened
  • 1 cup (220g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) buttermilk
  • 8 blood plums, quartered or 16 small plums, halved
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (55g) coconut sugar
  • icing sugar and double cream, to serve

Method

Spiced plum cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease a 24cm springform cake pan; line base and side with baking paper.
  • 2
    Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger, cocoa and salt into a large bowl. Beat the butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in sifted dry ingredients and buttermilk in two batches.
  • 3
    Pour batter into prepared pan. Arrange plum pieces on top, cut side up. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and coconut sugar.
  • 4
    Bake cake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre (not through a piece of fruit) comes out clean. Cool cake in pan.
  • 5
    Dust cake with sifted icing sugar and serve with thick or whipped cream, if you like.

Notes

If coconut sugar is unavailable, use demerara or raw caster sugar. Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

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