Plum cake like Nana used to make for August Baketogether!

The theme of this month’s #baketogether with Abby Dodge was Summer Fruit Cake.  Surrounded by so much fruit in Paris, I had, as they say here “l’embarras du choix” (so much to choose from) in terms of fruit but I couldn’t get out of my head the plum cake my Nana used to make using the plums from her tree in the back garden.  There are so many gorgeous plums available at this time of year in France that as soon as I thought of it, I knew that this was what I was going to attempt to make. In my ill equipped kitchen.  Fortunately, I was able to borrow an immersion blender with a whisk attachment to cream the butter and sugar and I found some dinky little pans to bake the cake in (I halved the recipe, making enough for four – perfect for serving at a small dinner for friends).

I actually ended up with a little bit leftover so I made one small cake for four that I served to friends, and one tiny, thin cake for two. Or one.

Here is the cake a little bit baked with the fruit just added…
And here is it just out of the oven.  People who know cakes talk about the “crumb”. I don’t much know about these things but I think the “crumb” looks pretty good, non?

Considering I was working with an oven I don’t know and not really proper cake tins, I think I did a pretty good job….  Even my little one came out a little flat but still gorgeous. I took it out much earlier on, checking often with a fork to see if it was cooked or not…

Verdict? Well I think Nana would approve 🙂 I’ll be making this again!

Keep up with me this summer through my Summer 2011 Flickr set.

52 Responses to Plum cake like Nana used to make for August Baketogether!

  1. Sanjeeta kk August 3, 2011 at 04:54 #

    What a beautiful texture the cake has! Love the thin and square shape….and those plums peeping through the cake are calling me 😉

  2. The Culinary Lens August 3, 2011 at 05:30 #

    Nice job in a tight space. You need to start a collection of tiny kitchen treats (I am sure there is a book in that)

  3. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 3, 2011 at 05:31 #

    The crumb looks excellent! 😉 What a nice moist looking cake. I could go for slice now.

  4. penny aka jeroxie August 3, 2011 at 06:45 #

    Yum…. I love the look of this simple summer fruit cake. 🙂

  5. Kelly August 3, 2011 at 08:28 #

    Oh this plum cake looks absolutely perfect! What a great recipe and fabulous pictures! 🙂

  6. Yuri August 3, 2011 at 08:36 #

    Your photos make me wish I had some cake for breakfast. Crumb looks perfect, can’t wait to try Abby’s recipe 🙂

  7. Medeja August 3, 2011 at 08:38 #

    I love cakes with plums, that nice combination of sweet and sour 🙂

  8. Celia August 3, 2011 at 09:02 #

    Way to whip up a delicious cake in tight straits! My grandma always made plum cake too…you’re totally inspiring me to hit that recipe while plums are still in season. Your Nana would totally be proud…

  9. Dust with Flour August 3, 2011 at 11:27 #

    This is beautiful. Plus are so lovely in cake.

  10. The Farmers Wife August 3, 2011 at 14:34 #

    That is so pretty… The beautiful color of the cake topped with those vibrant plums… My mouth is watering! Great recipe!

  11. Dave at eRecipeCards August 3, 2011 at 19:27 #

    That crumb looks perfect to me,,, Love nana’s cake and the last two photos are perfect!

  12. Vicki @ WITK August 3, 2011 at 21:19 #

    These cakes are so pretty, I didn’t realize that they are min until that last shot of one with the fork. So perfect in size!

  13. Ann August 3, 2011 at 21:34 #

    Stunning – what a lovely food memory

  14. Kathleen August 4, 2011 at 00:01 #

    I love the simplicity of this beautiful cake!

  15. Liz August 4, 2011 at 10:05 #

    I adore cakes made with the ripe fruits of the summer…this looks fabulous!

  16. Deb August 4, 2011 at 10:40 #

    Lovely cake! Adore that the plums are framed in the cake after baking.

  17. Maria August 4, 2011 at 11:35 #

    We have a plum tree and I know what I will be making:)

  18. Teena in Toronto August 4, 2011 at 12:07 #

    It looks delish!

  19. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 4, 2011 at 21:13 #

    Such a gorgeous color combination. I’m so impressed that the plums stayed so vibrant after baking. It looks scrumptious.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite August 15, 2011 at 04:38 #

      Yes I was surprised that they were so vibrant too. I guess because they are only put on top after 15-20 minutes? In any case, I was thrilled how it came out!

  20. Kate@Diethood August 4, 2011 at 23:38 #

    Be still my heart… I am in a serious plum kick right now and this is perfect!

  21. bridget {bake at 350} August 5, 2011 at 15:21 #

    What a pretty cake! 🙂

  22. Paula August 6, 2011 at 12:18 #

    Oh my but your Nana would be proud!

  23. Pauline August 8, 2011 at 15:09 #

    I used to bake with my Nana, love the title, happy days, happy cake 🙂

  24. Maya August 10, 2011 at 08:55 #

    Considering the equipment you had on hand, I think your plum cake turned out beautifully (and mine was flat too, btw). Did you know that my first baked goodie EVER was a fresh plum tart made in….. Colmar?! I was all of 19 and my Alsatian boyfriend’s grandmother taught me how to bake ‘by hand’ all those years ago. Thank god the lessons stuck, even if the boy didn’t ;-).
    (PS. I haven’t posted my cake up yet, I wasn’t happy with the way it turned out and might re-do if I have time).

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite August 15, 2011 at 04:37 #

      OH WOW – that is so so funny! Small world! I am glad your cake was flat too – though the second time around in Colmar, this was better in a round cake tin. Might be the problem….

  25. Renee - Kudos Kitchen August 15, 2011 at 02:33 #

    Wow! Check out the color of those plums, would you? They’re like jewels in your summer fruit cake. Luscious!

  26. Deb @ knitstamatic August 15, 2011 at 18:26 #

    What a beautiful cake, it looks so nice and light and the color of those plums, wow! I’ll bet the crème fraîche gave the cake a nice tang too!


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