The plums are ripe, and the tree is so loaded that we find broken branches on the ground full of fruit. I know the birds are loving the plums (rows of plums have a little hole pecked into each one), the squirrels are loving the plums (a half eaten plum dropped on the ground in front of me and I looked up to see a squirrel nibbling on a plum that was proportionally the size of a basketball in his little hands!), and those are the only types of animals that I want to imagine are out there in the tree at night…
Hubbs and I are also loving the plums, especially in plum cake! These plums are small clingstones, which I thought would be awful to pit, but we just sliced the meat off the pit in big chunks and didn’t worry about peeling all every last bit off the middle, which made it go pretty quickly.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons molasses
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup chopped plums
- White, powdered, or turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top
- plum halves to cover the top of your pan With my smaller plums it took 30 plum halves- You’ll just have to estimate this one!
This recipe doesn’t have to been made in a food processor. You can use a mixer or a good old wooden spoon if you’d like!
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9″ springform pan.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Set aside
- Place butter in food processor, and beat until soft and creamy.
- Add sugar and molasses, beat until well mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Add oil, zest, vanilla, beat until smooth and shiny.
- Pour wet ingredients onto dry ingredients, add chopped plums, fold ingredients together gently with a rubber spatula until just combined.
- Smooth batter into pan, arrange plum halves cut side up on top.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes until cake is done.
- Remove cake from the oven and sprinkle sugar over the top. Cool sightly on a rack and eat it while its warm!