Italian plum cake

    1 hour

    A delicious, Italian-style vanilla sponge cake with pine nuts is topped with ripe plums and flavoured with cinnamon.

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    Makes: 1 cake

    • 250g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 120ml milk
    • 100g butter, melted
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 500g fresh plums, stoned and halved
    • 30g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a 23cm cake tin with baking paper.
    2. Sift flour and baking powder together in a bowl; add pine nuts and salt.
    3. Beat eggs and 200g caster sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add milk, melted butter and vanilla; gradually add flour and pine nut mixture, stirring well after each addition until smooth.
    4. Pour the cake mixture into prepared tin. Arrange plums on top in a pattern. Mix 30g caster sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl; sprinkle sugar mixture on top of plums.
    5. Cook cake on a baking tray in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until sugar has caramelised on top.
    6. Cool cake on a wire cooling rack for 10 or 15 minutes; serve warm.

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