Autumn is well and truly here… and my gosh, what a stunning season it is. Somehow, I never cease to be amazed each and every year, at the vividness of the reds, yellows and oranges of the foliage, giving out their last hurrah of the growing season. I’m thankful that there’s been a lingering warmth in the daytime… to soak up and relish for as long as it lasts; though eating al fresco of an evening has sadly come to a close.
Plums, figs and apples have been the highlight of the local farmer’s markets recently… mostly eaten fresh, but quite a few also sliced and diced to make their way into all manner of cakes, tarts, muffins and preserves. Angelino plums have been our favourite this year, offering the perfect solution to filling children’s lunchboxes, the making of beautiful deep dark jam and also for this moist and delicious, afternoon tea-style cake.
Plum & Cinnamon Cake | Gather and Graze
- 100g (1 Cup) Almond Meal
- 75g (½ Cup) Plain Flour
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- Pinch Of Salt
- 125g (½ Cup) Unsalted Butter
- 110g (½ Cup) Raw Caster Sugar
- 1 Large Free-Range Egg (lightly beaten)
- 5 Fresh Plums (stone removed and quartered)
- Icing Sugar (for dusting the top)
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line an 18cm (7inch) spring-form cake tin.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the almond meal, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, ensuring there are no lumps.
Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Continue mixing as you add the egg, little by little, then stir in the combined dry ingredients.
Spread the cake mixture over the base of the prepared cake tin and then arrange the plum quarters over the top.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden on top and a cake tester/toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely before dusting with icing sugar. Lovely served with a dollop of double (or whipped) cream.
What I really like about your cake as it depends on the plums for most of its sweetness.
That’s so true Karen, along with a little tartness as well and a gorgeous fruity flavour. Can’t go wrong with plums when they’re in season! Cheers, Margot
Hi Margot, it’s been such a long time since I last visited, and what a beautiful cake I discover when I finally do. Funny to think you are going into autumn as we go into spring. All the best Poli
Cheers Poli! Still not quite back to weekly posts… kids on school holidays at the moment, but hope to work on a post or two next week. Thanks for your kind comment – the cake was really delicious and one I’ll make again with the last of this season’s plums. 🙂
That’s what I call a beautiful cake, Margot! Simply delicious. And a cake I would definitely enjoy eating without any effort! 😋
Thank you Francesca! That’s fine praise indeed, especially knowing that you’re more a fan of savoury, rather than sweet. Hope all is well with you, Stefano and her majesty! xx
I’m so jealous! I love fall and everything that comes with it – just like your tart! It’s gorgeous!!!
Thank you so much Mimi! It is indeed a beautiful season. 🙂
There are still plums in the shops over here – have they really been stored since last autumn? Actually, they look like it. Looking forward to lots of fresh fruit and veggies. If I can ever get over how cold it is! A very large slice of this is desperately needed. 🙂
Hmm, scary to think about the age of some of the supermarket fruit and veg out there… and the loss of nutrients since being picked from the tree/plant. Not sure if I’ve asked before, but do you have a good farmer’s market nearby during the growing season?
Hope all is well with you. Must stop by your 2 sites to see what I’ve missed lately… I’ve been a bit remiss in keeping up to date with everyone over the past few months. 😕
You haven’t missed anything! Neither have been updated.
Apparently there’s a new indoor market opened recently – as yet I haven’t been. Hoping it’ll be something to look forward to.
Fingers crossed that it’s a good one with fabulous, locally-grown produce! Is there a possibility of selling your jams/preserves there?
No, as I’m not making those right now (it’s too expensive out of season). If anything, I’d rather make salad dressings.
Yes, hadn’t really thought about it, but must be hard when you’re making a product that relies very much on seasonal fruit. Must mean making up A LOT of everything when the time is right… enough to sell through the year. Salad dressings sound like a great alternative, that can be given a seasonal twist as you go.
Margot, that cake is The Biz. Love plums and Autumn, it’s just starting to hit here now. I make a gf plum cake but I am going to try yours now and sub the flour with gf. Always looking for something new. Hope you are all well and happy. 😊
Such a beautiful time of year… now and Spring are what I love most. The cake isn’t overly sweet, yet just enough and each slice gives a fabulous burst of tartness from the plums.
Such a beautiful Plum and Cinnamon Cake, Margot! Looks so moist and delicious. I like these kind of cakes, perfect with tea or coffee. Have a superb weekend and enjoy the magic of Autumn. I hope see you more often on the blog! xx
Thanks Linda, there’s something rather comforting about sitting down to an afternoon cuppa that’s accompanied by a slice of home-made cake. 🙂 Still finding it hard to focus on blogging right now, but I intend to make a conscientious effort over the coming days to try and work on a few things and get ahead with some posts… something I’ve not been too good at in the past. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend too my friend. M.xx
Delicious flavor combo. Looks fantestic (:
Thank you so very much! Plum and cinnamon is a combo I’ve been giving a good work out this season – they really do go so well together. 🙂
Still at the beginning of the spring, we are slowly approaching toward naturally ripe fruits/produce in our markets. This cake truly looks very delicious, and as always, love your presentation. 🙂
So lovely that the growing season is all ahead of you Fae. Enjoy! Thanks so much for your very kind comment.
Looks amaaaazing !!
Cheers Zoe! 🙂
What a delicious sounding cake. I think plums are the ultimate fruit topping, the contrast of the sweet cake and tart fruit is delicious. Enjoy your autumn, it’s a bit slow reaching us 😘
Thanks Sandra! Just finishing off a plum muffin as I type this. 😋 Have been thinking of you lately as I look into fodmap a little more – might send you an email in the next few days with a couple of questions, if that’s okay? Hope all is well with you. Such a shame to see that Eat Drink Blog won’t be running this year. 😢 M.xx
Happy to help answer any questions if I can Margot x
Thanks Sandra. 🙂