Today has been one of those really lovely days where it didn’t fly by but a lot was done. It started with lovely and exciting meetings about potential social media clients, catching up with a good friend where we talk through our small businesses together, to actually wanting to bake a cake just for the sake of it. I haven’t baked ‘just because’ in such a long time and it was so so nice - no pressure, just me potting in the kitchen. One of the first cakes I remember making in home ec in high school was a simple, delicious and classic upside down pineapple cake - so I thought I’d take a slightly seasonal approach to this classic cake, and make an upside down plum cake. Plus my parents plum tree is drooping from the weight of this seasons plums, so it made sense to use them up in a cake.
This wonderful seasonal cake is tangy, sweet, messy, rustic and so simple to put together. Plus the best bit is that you don’t have to wait for it to cool to ice, it’s best served warm, alongside a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe, and of course happy baking everyone, I hope you all have a really lovely week planned. x
preheat oven to 180 d.C - butter and flour a deep cake tin topping
Melt the butter and add to the bottom of the prepared cake tin, sprinkle with brown sugar and vanilla essence then place the halved plums cut side down into the butter and sugar mixture. Set aside. cake
In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy - around 5min. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix well before adding in the next, then the vanilla essence. Then slowly mix in the ground almonds, self raising flour, ground cinnamon and nutmeg and very slowly mix until just combined.
Spoon the cake mixture over the prepare topping and gently fill in all the gaps and smooth the top. Bake for around 40-50min or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to sit in the pan for around 10min before turning out onto a wire rack or platter - serve while still warm with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.