- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup unsalted vegan butter , at room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
- 5 plums , pitted and cut into 30 slices
- 1 tbsp turbinado sugar
Spiced Plum Cake
Here we are again with another summery dessert. Lately, with all the cookbook work I have been doing, because I have not tackled the dessert section, I am spending a lot of time recipe testing savoury items. So any chance I get to do something sweet, I take it.
If you have been following me on Instagram, you know I have been on a little galette frenzy, making one almost every weekend – rest assured, a recipe is coming to the blog very soon!
Most of my galettes have featured stone-fruits: I made multiple ones with apricots, but also one with plums. Since I had quite a few plums leftover, I thought, why not make a cake with them.
I have always been a big fan of fruity desserts, especially when they sit right on top of a cake.
Because stone-fruits are in season at the moment, it is the perfect time to experiment with them in various pastries.
This cake is really simple to make and does not require too many fancy ingredients.
The batter is made of a mixture of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour. The whole wheat flour gives this cake a nice dense texture and adds a little crumb to the sponge, while the all purpose flour lightens up the batter and makes it a little more moist. It is also spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom, which I find really complement beautifully the plums.
Furthermore, I didn’t want the sweetness of the sponge to overpower the cake and mask the subtle sweetness of the plums, therefore, I only used 1/2 cup of sugar in the sponge and finished off the cake with a generous sprinkle of turbinado sugar.
The plums themselves are simply sliced and placed on top of the cake as its crown. Once baked, they soften up and add a beautiful texture to the cake.
Well, that is it you guys: another summer inspired dessert featuring a seasonal ingredient.
I really hope you will give this Spiced Plum Cake a try. The sponge is soft and subtly spiced while the fresh juicy plums add a lovely sweetness and a light tartness to this cake. You can enjoy this cake on its own or alongside a generous scoop of vegan ice cream to make it even more of a summery treat!
If you do make this recipe and share it on social media, be sure to tag me on Instagram @muriellebanackissa.
Have a great week!