Plum Almond Cake

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Plum Almond Cake

Simple, Seasonal, Scrumptious

Plums

“There were three kinds, yellow, red, and green. Oh, yes, I remember.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

Not all summer fruit has the best flavor. The most beautiful peaches can be dull and mushy. I’ve had cherries that didn’t taste like much of anything at all. Plums and pluots can taste like they don’t understand that without the tang they aren’t worth the bother. Such a disappointment. The first time I made the Plum Almond Cake I had stellar plums. The plum tang was nuanced and came in a cascading rainbow of bright, bold flavors. The second time I made the recipe the plums were lackluster, boring. I’d let them get a little soft, hoping for a sweet ending since I couldn’t find that pop of flavor I crave. What a surprise, both times the cake was excellent. Baking the plums in the Plum Almond Cake changed everything. As the cake bakes the plums sink into the batter, melting into sweet, jammy pockets of summer delight. A hint of almond and lemon intrigue lingers, making for nuanced layers of taste and textures. This is definitely the cake to make with any kind of plums and pluots, yellow, red or green all will be simple, seasonal and scrumptious.

Plums

Essentials

With thoughtful, planning ahead the Plum Almond Cake can be a one-bowl project, no mixer needed. Use a large bowl, and follow the recipe to mix the liquid ingredients, sugar and zest together. Instead of whisking together the dry ingredients in another bowl sift or shake them through a sieve directly over the bowl with the liquid ingredients. I found this shortcut when I retrieved my almond flour from the freezer. It was clumped together and a whisk wasn’t incorporating the almond flour into the other dry ingredients. A one-bowl recipe that’s this scrumptious deserves to be shared before plum season fades and pumpkin frenzy arrives.

Plum Almond Cake

Two other recipes from Rustic Italian on the Williams Sonoma blog arrived in my in box. Meatball Stuffed Summer Squash is another simple, seasonal, scrumptious recipe. The recipe for Meatball Stuffed Summer Squash is a wonderful way to enjoy the late summer glut of zucchini. On a busy day last week I spent a half an hour prepping the recipe in the morning. When I came home late in the afternoon I baked the Meatball Stuffed Summer Squash, made some pasta to soak up the sauce and dinner was ready, sublime.When the recipe for Baked Ziti with Eggplant arrived I was hooked. I’m picky about the cookbooks I add to my collection but Rustic Italian by Domenica Marchetti is currently on order from Amazon.

Plum Almond Cake

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22 Responses to Plum Almond Cake

  1. Gorgeous cake, Deb! The plums are beautiful and such a lovely pairing with almond!

  2. Really great looking cake! I’d go wild over this. Plum wild. 🙂 Anyway, you’re right that often fruit looks better than it tastes. Roasting (or baking it in something) often seems to help. Best, of course, to start with really good tasting fruit. Anyway, this looks really nice — thanks.

  3. My type of cake! This , a cup of coffee, and a good chat would make my day.

  4. Cathy says:

    Looks great Deb! I like the plum-almond combination too… I hope my neighbour will have some plums to share soon! 🙂

  5. I love almond cake and this looks really good. Perfect for the late summer dessert idea!

  6. This is definitely my kind of cake, it has all the ingredients I love . Plums and almonds are an awesome combination .

  7. 2pots2cook says:

    I just love your creations ! Thank you so much !

  8. That shot of the plums is so cheerful! Love the delicious pops of colour they lend the almond cake. Hope your summer is going well!

  9. mjskit says:

    It’s so great finding recipes like this that can transform a rather tasteless summer fruit into something amazing. I hate it when I buy fruit that turns out to be midiocre, but then, no, you don’t want to toss them. So this is a great find. I can easily see it made with peaches as well. Beautiful cake!

  10. cheri says:

    Hi Deb, beautiful plum cake, love how baking can always bring out the best in fruit, good or not so good. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, can’t believe it’s already September.

  11. I completely agree with the fruit lottery, you never know what you get, and it’s so frustrating. Cakes like this one save the day, wonderfully simple recipe Deb!

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