Recipes

Mieze’s plum cake

Mieze's plum cake

Main ingredients
Plums

Sourced from
The Cook’s Companion App and book


Print Recipe

Here is my favourite plum recipe, guaranteed to bring rave responses. It is named for a very charming Austrian friend of my parents, who introduced this plum cake to our family more than 50 years ago. If you are not feeding a crowd, you may prefer to use 2 smaller springform tins. It is important that there not be too thick a layer of cake.

Ingredients

180 g softened butter

150 g castor sugar

135 g plain flour

135 g self-raising flour

pinch of salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

70 ml milk

½ cup ground almonds, or fresh breadcrumbs

10–12 ripe blood plums, halved and stoned

 

Topping

60 g butter

½ cup castor sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C and lightly grease a 26 cm springform tin.

To make the topping, melt butter and stir in sugar and cinnamon, then allow to cool a little. Whisk eggs well and stir into cooled butter mixture.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then mix in flours and salt. Mix eggs with milk, then add to flour mixture and mix to make a softish dough (it should drop easily from the spoon). Spoon batter into prepared tin (it should not fill more than a quarter of the depth, as the cake rises a great deal), smooth the top and sprinkle over ground almonds. Arrange plums on top, cut-side up, starting around outside edge and working towards centre. Spoon topping over and around plums on cake.

Bake for 50 minutes–1 hour until a fine skewer inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with cream or ice-cream. Any leftover cake can be warmed, wrapped in foil, in the oven at 180°C for 15 minutes.