Getting into a right plum!
I was astounded to find an 18cm cake tin in the cupboard, as I am sure it wasn’t there last time I looked. With that mild panic out of the way, I gathered the ingredients together. Upon realising that my nice ripe plums appeared to have vanished, I made a quick trip to the shops and was then ready to go.
I have never been a big fan of cakes but I have to admit, I do like the idea of being able to make a nice cake, as it could be very useful when guests come round for food.
Normally, my wonderful better half would be cooking, as she is ace, but I have a plan to ambush the next group with some of my own cooking to show off my new skills.
Chopping the plums, after measuring out the flour, sugar and other ingredients, left me slightly worried - the plums were far firmer than the mysterious disappearing plums that I had originally.
With the sugar and butter in the mixer, I made the rookie mistake of turning the mixer to a higher setting too quickly but after scraping the bowl back down, the K Beater managed to get to the mix a lot easier to make it smooth. This is easy!!
Taking Ben Ebbrell’s advice to not waste any of the cake mix, I fill the lined cake tin (I had remembered to put the plums in firstJ) and the tin looked pretty full. Once in the preheated oven, the cake started to smell beautiful very quickly.
Checking the cake through the oven window, I was pretty worried as the mix was expanding and bulging upwards and outwards. It did seem to settle back down a little and when I turned it out onto a plate, it looked amazing.
The flavour of the cake was beautiful, light and buttery with the slight sharp plum cutting through it. I do think it would have been improved with the first plums, which were very ripe, so I will try that next time!! Also, I finally found out what happened to my ripe plums. Two cheeky little monkeys nabbed them from the fruit bowl, so at least they didn’t go to waste.