Happens every year. The fruit bowl is overflowing with the well intentioned purchases of plums. Or the fruits of a trip to the apple orchard. Because that’s what you do in fall. They just never say what you do with all those apples after you get them home. Introducing the easiest cake ever to whip up and bring over to your neighbours. It’s so easy to
pawn off share the seasons bounty.
This recipe was my grandfathers go to cake. He was a Master Baker trained in Germany. I’m sure I’ve bastardized it somehow but this stuff sure doesn’t last around here even with diabetics and gluten-avoiders.
Pflaumen Kuchen (Plum Cake)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Pre heat oven to 350°F & butter up (read: slather) a 8 or 9 inch spring form pan.
2. Cream together butter and sugar.
3. Add eggs and blend until combined.
4. Stir in dry ingredients until combined. It’s pretty thick.
5. Half and pit your plums (or peel and core your apples) and press lightly into the dough.
6. Mix up an extra tbsp of sugar and a bit of cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the cake and throw it in the oven for 50 mins. Voila.
I let mine cool significantly before attempting to get it out of the pan. I’ve had to enlist the help of a knife since I’m using my grandfathers old pan and it’s not non stick. Do what works for you. Letting it cool a little longer also makes your family drool with anticipation.
This all comes together within 15 minutes if you’re slick. Count on at least 30 mins with children.
Also count on one of them suggesting that it looks disgusting and it wasn’t the cake she had in mind when we started baking.
This is your cue to have her do good and bring the entire creation over to the neighbours because it solves the problem of looking at said disgusting cake and teaches generosity and neighbourliness.