Italian plums are good to eat, but even better to bake with. They aren't quite as juicy or sweet as their American cousins, but they keep their shape well and their skin adds a gorgeous purple color to tarts and cakes. The brown sugar cake batter and sweet crumb topping are a perfect complement to the not-too-sweet fruit. It is great for breakfast with a cup of tea and/or with ice cream after dinner. This is a cake that also seems to get better the second day, if there is any left.
Recipe courtesy of Zoe Francois
Total:
2 hr 5 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
One 8-inch cake
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Italian Plum Cake:
Topping:

Directions

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch springform pan with butter.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each. Mix in the zest and vanilla. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan.

Place half of the cut plums on the batter, cut-side up. Spread the remaining batter over the plums. Spread the batter into an even layer and top with remaining plums.

To make the topping: In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and melted butter. You may have to mix it with your hands to get all the butter incorporated.

Spread the crumb topping over the plums evenly.

Place the cake on two stacked cookie sheets, to prevent the bottom from getting too brown during the long baking time. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a tester come out clean. Cool on a rack.

Serve it slightly warm or at room temperature.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Italian Plum Tart

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Coconut Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Cod Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Lee Pinto

Kyle's Lemon Pound Cake With Reba's Royal Glaze

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Pork With Plum Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Plum Raspberry Crumble

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Orange Ombre Birthday Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

Lemon Cake

Recipe courtesy of Chamisa Weinmeister

Craveworthy Eats 3 Videos

Crave-Worthy Egg Sandwich 03:24

Claire puts her own spin on a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Get Cooking