Simple plum cake

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    This fruity cake is utterly delicious. A buttery sponge cake is topped with fresh and succulent plums. Enjoy for afternoon tea, elevenses or for dessert.

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    Serves: 6 - 8

    • 3 eggs
    • 110g butter, softened
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • 125g plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 cupful sliced fresh plums

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:1hr cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease and flour one 23cm tube cake tin.
    2. Separate the eggs. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Beat in the egg yolks and the lemon zest.
    4. Stir together the flour and baking powder and then beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture. Gently fold in the egg whites. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared tin. There will only be a little over 2.5cm of batter. Arrange the plums, skin side down, attractively over the batter.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until cake tests done. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool before serving.

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    Easy recipe but lack flavour . I even added vanilla to sponge and dark brown sugar with mixed spice sprinkled on top of plums.  -  04 Jul 2015


    Miss B on Herm made this. Enjoyed by all as a dessert. Cooked the plums for a few minutes in butter and sugar in a frying pan before putting on the cake.  -  29 Aug 2014


    Really easy. I didn't have caster sugar so I used soft brown sugar, worked perfectly. Served with creme fraich makes a great pudding.  -  25 Aug 2014