How to Make Plum Cake

Bid farewell to summer with this rustic, plum-studded cake.

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Plum Cake

A brown sugar cake batter and cinnamon-laced crumb topping are a perfect complement to Italian plums, which add a gorgeous purple hue to the cake.

Follow this step-by-step guide to make the cake. For the ingredients list, go to the Plum Cake recipe.

To Make the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch springform pan with butter.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each. Mix in the zest and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan.

Place half of the cut plums on the batter, cut-side up. Spread the remaining batter over the plums.

Spread the batter into an even layer and top with remaining plums.

To Make the Topping:

In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and melted butter. You may have to mix it with your hands to get all the butter incorporated.

Spread the crumb topping over the plums evenly.

Place the cake on two stacked cookie sheets, to prevent the bottom from getting too brown during the long baking time. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a tester come out clean. Cool on a rack.

Serve it slightly warm or at room temperature. It's great for breakfast with a cup of tea or with ice cream after dinner.

Get the Recipe: Plum Cake

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