Almond, Orange and Plum Cake

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 | 34 comments

Almond, Orange and Plum Cake

Plum season, handily tucked between strawberries in June and apples in September, is finally here. They come in so many varieties and colours, from the small, yellow greengages to the big, purple juicy Victoria plums – that we are never ever bored of them. One of the nicest things is being able to lean out of a bedroom window and pick a plum from the tree trained up the house, without even having to get up. Totally got that one sorted.Plum Cake Recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry
We eat them straight from the tree, but also cook them in jam, pies, in puddings or even dried and added to stews and tagines. But for something a little bit different we fall back to this almond, orange and plum cake which is just bursting with the flavours of summer. So it was an easy choice to re create this cake for #AgaInspiredRecipes challenge hosted by Rix Petroleum.

This almond, orange and plum tray bake is simple and quick to make and does not require a mixer – a very easy way to join in the Great British Bake Off fun. It is easy to add more plums or other flavourings that you might prefer. Plus any leftover cake can be simply frozen for another day.

Almond, Orange and Plum Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
  • 200g softened butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 6 tbsp orange juice
  • 8 plums stoned and quartered
  • A handful of flaked almonds
  1. Pre-heat oven to fan assisted 160C / 180C / gas 4
  2. Lightly oil a lined rectangular tray measuring about 30cm x 20cm.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk (or a wooden spoon) until light and fluffy before gradually beating in the eggs.
  4. Sieve the flour and baking powder in to the mixture and fold in along with the almonds and orange zest.
  5. Mix in the orange juice until combined - it should be of a dropping consistency. If necessary add in a couple more tbsp of orange juice.
  6. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tray and level with a spatula.
  7. Gently press the plums into the cake mixture and top with the flaked almonds.
  8. Bake for 35-40 mins or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake.
  9. Allow to cool in the tray before slicing the cake.

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  1. What a great way to enjoy plums. The wonderful flavour seems to be concentrated just beneath the skin. And there’s nothing like the flavor of fruit you grow yourself.

    • Yeah Francene, the flavours seem so much better when you pick fruit off your own tree.

  2. Fresh fruit in cakes is just gorgeous. I am so envious of you plucking plums from your bedroom window – how voluptuous is that? Strangely (probably not that strange really), I’ve just posted a similar recipe, although mine is raspberries and white chocolate.

    • Been looking at the plum three and now I think it is very voluptuous. ROFL…..

  3. This looks so yummy! I’m an awful cook but am going to try and attempt this later this week! Thanks for sharing! x

    • This cake is very very easy which is why I make it a lot.

  4. I always love fresh fruits in my cake! This looks moist and good. Heading over now for recipe.

    • It certainly is. The plums make sure of it.

  5. Can you really pick plums form your bedroom window?
    Jealous from Cornwall 😉

    • Yeap, but more to do with the FIL hard work than mine.

  6. Yum! Yum! I love plums and almonds, not so fond of oranges but in cake it’s different :) Perfect for my coffee!

    • Sylvia – I have to work on the oranges like with you.

  7. That looks delicious Bintu! I can use a slice of that cake today. Send over a slice, please….

    • Beaming you some over Sharon….

  8. This cake looks delicious and tasty, perfect for afternoon tea.

  9. I am not much of a baker but almond, orange and plum cake does sound yummy! :-)

    • Caroline, this recipe is for all the non bakers out there.

  10. Im usually not a big almond fan, i know strange haha, but if its in a cake form i think ill eat it :p so this sounds a good way to get some into my system :p thank you for sharing! they look delicious as well :) x
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    • Hey Tiny, you can easily leave the almonds out.

  11. You got me on “simple and quick and doesn’t require a mixer”…oh, and I love plums, too!;-)

    • I like simple and quick in my kitchen when it comes to cakes Jess.

  12. Looks delicious, I never know what to do with plums except it them straight up. The link doesn’t take me to the recipe though:(

    • Oops, sorry. I have fixed that now. Thanks for pointing it out.

  13. Beautiful plum cake! Love all the fruit content Bintu!

  14. Cake with fruit is such a treat!

    • Especially when the frit are in season and everywhere.

  15. I am a HUGE lover of plums and cake, so I’ll have this all with my morning coffee please Bintu! GREAT contest too – but cannot see where to enter! CONGRATS on being the winning recipe as well…..Karen

    • Def a great cake great for with a morning cup of coffee.

  16. That is absolutely awesome that you can pick them from right out your bedroom window, Bintu! Almonds – check. Oranges – check. Plums -check. I love all 3 so this would be fantastic! I’ll check out the recipe now :)

    • I hope you enjoy it Mike.

  17. Bintu! You really have a plum tree outside your house??? Oh my goodness, please can I move in? My mother-in-law has a passion fruit bus or two in her garden here in Australia, which is incredible, but I just can’t wait until I too can have fruit trees in my garden.
    What a beautiful sounding cake. Honestly. Oranges and plums … mmmmmm …. I think I’m in love. I could just imagine this slightly warm with a lovely dollop of Greek yoghurt on the top!

    • I know I am very, very lucky with this. My PIL had a good idea when they planned this. How fab having a passion fruit tree in the garden too.

  18. I so wish I had friut trees in the garden -our garden is just not big enough. We do have enough room to grown some fruit bushes and some veg.

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