Wow, this is one amazing cake. I needed a cake to feed at least 12 people for a birthday morning tea, no simple feat. Well this cake did the job and it could have fed quite a few more as well. It’s the perfect coffee cake – moist and with a nice tang from the plums. I love the coffee and cake culture that exits in Europe. We were in Vienna last year and the cakes that we tried, almost on a daily basis, were just wonderful. This Polish plum cake is right up there with the best that we sampled. I think it would even translate well as a dessert. You do need to have a crowd to feed though as it requires a 30cm cake tin. As I mentioned, we had a quarter of cake left after feeding 12 hungry people, although the cake did keep well and we enjoyed it over the next few days -lets face it, left over cake is no great hardship. As I write this I suddenly remembered Mothers Day is only a few weeks away and this would be a great cake to serve after lunch and with plums still in season this is going on our menu.
Ingredients – Makes a 30cm cake which will feed 12-15 Adapted from Monday Morning Cooking Club
225 g plain flour (8 oz) (all purpose)
225 g self-raising flour (8 oz) (self-rising)
250 g Butter unsalted, chopped
230 g caster sugar (8 oz) (superfine)
3 whole egg yolks
150 g Sour Cream (5 1/3 oz)
12 – 16 whole plums (blood) washed, halved, stones removed (less if your plums are large)
1/4 cup Cinnamon Sugar for sprinkling
For the Crumble
300 g plain flour (10 1/2 oz) (all purpose)
345 g caster sugar (12 oz) (superfine)
190 g Butter chopped
To make the dough, put the flours and butter in a bowl and use your fingertips to mix them together, until the butter is evenly dispersed and the mixture forms crumbs. Add the sugar, egg yolks and sour cream and mix together using your hands or a wooden spoon. When a soft, sticky ball of dough is formed, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
To make the crumble, use your fingertips or a food processor to combine the flour, sugar and butter until crumbs form. Refrigerate until needed.
Remove the dough from the fridge 30 minutes before using. Preheat the oven to 180C (350 F). Grease a 28 – 30 cm springform cake tin. On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough thickly, to fit the base and halfway up the side of the tin. Line the base and side of the tin with the dough, then place the plums on top, arranging them very close together.
With your hands, squeeze the crumble mixture together, then break it up over the top of the plums. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Bake for 90 minutes, or until the cake is golden on top and cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature with cream or ice cream.