English plums are in season right now so it’s an ideal time to use them for something yummy! This cake definitely qualifies! I was really unsure how this would turn out but it’s actually amazing! If you are a fan of almond macaroons or frangipanes you will absolutely love this. I had the pleasure of getting some English plums from Riverford Organic so I thought I’d better put them to good use!
This went down really well with my husband and even George the cat was curious about it 😉 so it must be a winner!
This is gluten and dairy free but does contain eggs. I’ve got an egg-free plum cake coming up soon so never fear!
If you are using the small English plums you will probably only need 6 – 8, if using larger ones you will need no more than 4 at the most.
You will need:
125g unrefined Raw sugar or Coconut palm sugar
200g Ground almonds
100 ml Almond oil (you can use mild Olive oil if you prefer
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
1/8 tsp Almond extract (if you have it)
Plums 4 -8 depending on size
Ground cinnamon (for dusting)
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C and line and grease a 20cm cake tin – if you have a springform tin then use that as it makes it easier to get it out without it breaking. If not a loose bottom tin is the best option.
Add the oil and sugar to a bowl and use a hand mixer to beat together (you can do it by hand with a fork if not). Beat in the eggs one at a time. Then add in the extracts and mix well. Fold in the ground almonds with a metal spoon. Once mixed pour in to the tin.
Half (or quarter if they’re big) the plums, remove the stone, and place in to the batter. Push them down a little bit so they’re well bedded in there. Sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon.
Pop in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes. It is worth starting to check it at about 20 minutes. Once a skewer comes out clean then it’s done.
Let it cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then carefully remove it and allow it to cool on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy! 🙂