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Spiced Plum Cake (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipe)

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

Spiced plum cake

If you're looking to make a cake that goes well with a nice cup of tea or coffee, you should definitely give this recipe a try. It's quite easy to make and it's ready in less than an hour.

It takes less than 10 minutes to prep, 40 minutes to bake and another 5-10 minutes to cool.

You will need:

Spiced plum cake ingredients
  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour

  • 1 cup of demerara sugar

  • 1/2 cup (100g) dairy-free spread (plus an extra teaspoon for greasing)

  • 1/2 cup coconut/soy milk

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

  • 230g drained plums in syrup/fresh plums

  • pinch of salt

How to:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/ gas 4.

  2. Line the bottom of a 9inch cake tin with baking paper and use a teaspoon of dairy-free spread to 'butter' the edges

  3. In a large bowl mix the dairy-free spread and sugar

  4. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt then mix

  5. Add the gluten-free flour and the baking powder and mix until you get a smooth consistency

  6. Put this mix in the cake tin and put the plums, halved size-up, on top of the batter

  7. Bake at 180C/gas4 for 40 minutes on the lowest shelf (until golden-brown)

  8. Do the toothpick test (a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean), and if the batter is still clinging to the toothpick, put the cake back in the oven for another 5 min at 160C.

  9. Leave on a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes

  10. Enjoy warm or cold, as it is, with some vanilla custard, or with a cup of tea or coffee

I tend to make this Spiced Plum Cake with plums in syrup because I always seem to have tinned fruit in my cupboard and I'm always in need of some sort of coffee cake.

Fresh plums can also be used, just make sure you pit and quarter them, then sprinkle an extra tablespoon or two of sugar on top of the plums once you place them on the batter. Even the ripest fruit won't be as sweet as the tinned ones since those had a lot of time to spend in a sugary syrup.

Fresh plums make the cake a bit more moist than tinned ones and the resulting cake goes fantastically well with vanilla ice cream, but since I want a cake that goes well with my daily dose of caffeine, I usually choose tinned plums.

slice of spiced plum cake

If you try this recipe, please let me know how it goes in the comments below.

As always, I hope life is treating you well.

Take care.

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