Thursday, August 12, 2010

Plum Cake

There was this "cake lady" named Louiza who used to sell excellent cakes in South Mumbai. Plum cake, Sponge cake, Coconut cake, Date & walnut cake - her cakes were exquisite. I wanted to bake the plum cake, but didn't have the recipe. So I borrowed the recipe of Date Walnut Mocha cake and tried to improvise here and there remembering the taste of Louiza's plum cake.

Plum Cake

1 cup prunes/dried plums, chopped, soaked in 1/4 cup Orange Juice for 6 hours

Dry mixture
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mixture 2
1 cup walnut halves, ground coarsely in a blender
Mix with soaked prunes pieces

3 eggs, whisked
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
A few drops of vanilla essence
A pinch of cinnamon powder

1. Add walnuts-prunes mixture into eggs mixture. Stir well.
2. Now add dry mixture while stirring so there are no lumps.
3. Preheat oven to 350 F
4. Grease the cake loaf pan.
5. Pour the batter
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes
7. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
8. Invert the cake in a platter.
9. After the cake has cooled down, cut into slices

1. I used sunsweet brand prunes.
2. Use freshly squeezed orange juice.
3. Plum cake is not meant to be cloyingly sweet. It needs to have that bittersweet plum taste. However, if you want, you can increase the amount of sugar per your taste.

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