7/27/2015

Plum Flapjack Cake

I bought some plums from a local market. They were very ripe and needed using, so decided to make a plum cake of some sort. I found this recipe in my late mil's notebook, so not sure where it originates. It's a sponge cake with plums on top, then a sort of streusel layer, some of which sank into the cake and made it taste a bit like flapjacks - hence my recipe title!

Grease and line a 20cm springform tin.

Preheat oven 180C/gas4

It's an easy cake to make:

Put 175g soft butter or marg in the bowl of an electric mixer; add 175g soft brown sugar, 2 beaten eggs, 175g sr flour, 1/2 tspn baking powder and 1 tspn cinnamon, and beat together till nice and creamy.

You need 450g plums, halved and stoned. [ If they're not really ripe, put them in a dish in the oven sprinkled with 2 tbspn granulated sugar and bake them for about 20 mins till they've softened.]

Put the plums, cut side up, on top of the cake batter and make the topping.

Melt 50g of butter, add 50g sr flour, 1 tspn cinnamon, 25g oats and 25g flaked almonds and mix together.

Put the topping in blobs over the plums, trying to cover all the cake.

Bake for 11/4 hours till the top's golden.


                  You can see that my cake sank down in the middle - not sure why, as I didn't open the oven door at all -  but this didn't stop it being delicious!



                              This shows what I mean about the top being rather like flapjacks.

We had a slice as a dessert with a blob of creme fraiche. I loved the textures - the soft cake and fruit and the chunky topping with the nuts and oats.





2 comments:

Phil in the Kitchen said...

The local plum trees are not quite ready for picking just yet but I'm looking forward to picking loads of them. This does sound like a fine way of celebrating good plums. I could definitely enjoy this as a dessert any time. In fact, I can't understand why plums aren't celebrated more.

Snowy said...

I agree Phil; we love plums, and I found some Victorias on sale and bought several kilos and froze them.