August 20, 2022

Plum Cake ~ #TheCakeSliceBakers

This Plum Cake is super easy to make, super delicious to eat, and so good with a dollop of crème fraîche.

The Cake Slice Bakers are in their eighth month of baking through Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoē François. This book is full of amazing cake recipes - ranging from Bundt cakes, quick breads, layered cakes, rolled and fancy cakes just to name a few. And for those who have not heard of Zoē François she is an amazing baker and bestselling author, blogger, and has a series called Zoë Bakes on the Magnolia Network.  Every cake I have baked so far has been one that I will be repeating. There really is something for everyone in this book whether you are a beginner, and expert, or somewhere in-between.





The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of dedicated bakers who all love cake. Each year we choose a new cake-centric cookbook and bake our way through it. Every month we are given 3 choices and on the 20th day of each month we reveal what we have chosen on our blogs. This month's choices were Blackberry Diva Cake, Best Ever Chocolate-Zucchini Bundt Cake, and Plum Cake.  I choose the plum cake because I like the idea of tart fruit in a sweet cake.




This is one of the easiest cakes you will ever make - it is made in a food processor.  The plums provide a nice tartness in contrast to the sweetness of the cake.  The only change I made was to add some demerara sugar to the top of the cake as I really like the little bit of crunch this sugar adds to baked goods. This cake would be great with ice cream, whipped cream, or do what I did and serve it with crème fraîche.





Plum Cake
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

Ingredients
Cake ~
  • 140g (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 200g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 120 ml (½ cup) whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 120g (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 60g (½ cup) almond flour
  • 35g (¼ cup) whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 plums, cut into 8 pieces
Topping ~
  • 30g (2 tablespoons) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 30g (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter cold, cut into ¼-inch cubes

Preparation
Cake ~
  1. Preheat the oven to 190℃ (375℉).
  2. Generously grease a 23cm (9-inch) springform pan, then line the bottom and sides with greased parchment paper.
  3. In a food processor, combine the butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla and process until smooth.
  4. Add all three flours, the baking powder, and salt and mix together by pulsing several times, just until smooth.
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula, gently tap the pan on the counter several times to release excess air bubbles.
  6. Add the plums in a spiral on top of the batter and set the pan on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 45 minutes.
  8. Whilst the cake is baking make the topping.
Topping ~
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Carefully sprinkle the topping over the baked cake and then dot with the butter.
  3. Continue baking until the cake is golden and a tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  4. Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes and then run a knife around the edge.
  5. Remove the sides of the springform and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.




Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoē François. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

Best Ever Chocolate-Zucchini Bundt Cake

Blackberry Diva Cake




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