Oh yay!! It’s summer. And plums are out in their full glory. So full of glory that they tend to create over excitement, and hence over-buying…or…for me anyway. You see, I only like fruit of the ‘stone’ family when they are crunchy – so when I overbuy, I tend to have a bunch of perfectly, but not edible (in my books) on their own.

What to do then?

Well, when I came across the most beautiful plum cake from Zoom Yummy on none other then Pinterest (a obsession of mine) those little plums in the fridge started calling out my name. AND my mum (yes, it rhymes with plum) was here visiting…and she deserves a pretty cake with her tea!

So I made it. And it was absolutely delish, and pretty, and well, kind of a perfect cake. I had my doubts when I was pushing big fat halves of plums into the batter, but they cook down into a gorgeous jam, nestled into a not too sweet cake. Oh, did I mention it’s super pretty too? Just making sure.

I think this cake would work perfectly with an array of fruit – peaches, nectarines, berries…I was even thinking they’d make really cute cupcakes with cherries pressed into them. Oh boy!!

From Zoom Yummy

Plum Cake

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs separated
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • plums, fresh or canned (I used fresh...always best)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Grease and flour a baking pan. Cut the plums in half and remove the pits.
  2. Place the yolks and sugar in one bowl and beat until thick and pale in color. Add the butter and mix until fluffy.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add it to the egg-yolk mixture. Mix to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, and using a clean whisk attachment, whisk the whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the yolk mixture. Don't stress too much, it's ok if little bits of whites are visible.
  5. Pour the batter into the greased and floured pan and spread it out evenly. (I used a 9 x 13 in pan) Arrange the plums on the top of the batter, and bake at 350 for about 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. One completely cool, dust with confectioners sugar and cut into squares.