I do love plum season…! We used to live in a house with a Victoria Plum tree and the fruits we got from it were amazing. They do so well in baking and making sauces, we should use them more really. This is a lovely tray-bake cake which uses apple sauce for moisture and less butter so it’s a little bit healthier than a typical cake.
You will need:
- 10 plums, four diced and the rest in halves or quarters
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 120g unsalted butter, softened
- 150g apple sauce (like you’d have with your Sunday roast)
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 100g plain flour
- 150g ground almonds
- Half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Flaked almonds for decorating
Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees. Take a tray bake tin roughly 30x20cm, grease and line with baking parchment.
In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until its very pale in colour.
Whisk the eggs a little in a jug, add the vanilla and apple sauce and beat briefly with a fork to combine. In a small bowl, mix the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and bicarb.
Using the electric whisk again, add in half the egg mix, combine, then half the dry mix, combine, carrying on until all is mixed thoroughly.
With a wooden spoon, fold in the diced plums. Then pour the mixture into the baking tin, spreading out as evenly as possible and getting into all the corners.
Place the plum halves and quarters on the top, only press them in a little.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until a medium brown on top.
Cool in the baking paper on a wire rack, sprinkle with the flaked almonds for decoration.