Seasonal Recipe // Plum cake…

lou-archell-littlegreenshed-2016This time of year there seems to be a glut of almost every ripening fruit.  Plums in particular.  They seem to ripen and go over in a blink of a wasps eye.

One of my favourite recipes for plums is this simple plum cake, now I’m not known for my baking skills, so when I find a recipe that is simple and delicious and it importantly turns out resembling a cake – well we are on to a winner.


lou-archell-littlegreenshed-2016Using only a few ingredients, this cake can be knocked up in a few minutes as and when you have a bowl full of over ripe stone fruits.  Yes any stone fruit can be used, peaches, plums, damsons etc, and even pears.



  • 4 tblsp unsalted butter (plus extra to grease the cake tin)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of milk or milk substitute (soya, almond etc)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2-3 medium plums, thinly sliced



  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and butter a 9 inch cake tin – I use a flan case with a removable base.
  2. With a mixer beat together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy, for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the egg and continue to mix until incorporated
  4. Add the flour and baking powder, baking soda and salt, and add the milk bit by bit into you form a smooth batter.
  5. Spread the batter into your prepared tin, and arrange the sliced plums (or fruit) on the top in a fanning circle shape.  Don’t worry about it looking too perfect as the cake mixture will rise up around it and cover most of the plums.
  6. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of sugar over the top.
  7. Bake in the oven until it is slightly golden and set – about 35 minutes.  Let the cake cool for 20 mins and serve with cream or ice-cream.



  • This is a timely post for me, I have a bowl full of plums and a craving for cake :)

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