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 thoughts on “Plum cake like Nana used to make for August Baketogether!”

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

  2. 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…

  3. 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).


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