Plum and Almond Cake

22/08/2009 at 15:06 Leave a comment

Plum and Almond Cake

Cake Cake cake and more cake! I made this for my friends birthday present yesterday, and then couldn’t wait till I gave it to him, so I had to bake another one just so I could eat some. Yes, I know I’m greedy. But then, I don’t get to eat cake all that often, so i think its fair enough. The best thing is that said friend, on eating a slice of the birthday cake, announced “you’d never now it was vegan and gluten-free either”, or some such like that anyway. I’ve since been fantasising about making another version with apples and blackberries, or rhubarb and lemon or pear or argghhh the list could go on!

Ingredients

2/3 cup Vegan Margarine
2/3 cup Unrefined Cane Sugar (natural golden Castor sugar)
2/3 cup Gluten-free Plain Flour ( I use Doves Farm mix)
1/2 cup Ground Almonds
1/1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Xanthum Gum
3 tbsp Egg Replacer
handful Flaked Almonds
extra Sugar for sprinkling
extra Margarine for greasing tin

How To Make

Preheat oven to 180ºc. Grease your cake tin or oven dish with the extra margarine.

In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and margarine till you have a light, smooth consistency.

Sugar and Margarine

Sieve the flour, baking powder, Xanthum gum and egg replacer, into a separate bowl, and mix thoroughly. Add the flour mixture to the creamed sugar and margarine, and combine until smooth. Now add in the ground almonds.

Dry Cake Mixture

The ‘batter’ will be quite dry and slightly crumbly at this point, so you now want to add in roughly 1/2 cup of water until a smoother and more elastic ‘dough’ is reached.

'Elasticky' Dough

Set the ‘dough’ aside and slice the plums into halves and then again into flat slices or sections, which ever you like best.

Scatter the sliced plums over the bottom of the greased oven dish or cake tin that you are using, and sprinkle lightly with sugar.

Sliced Plums Sprinkled with Sugar

( I have made this recipe in both a 6″ deep-sided cake tin and also a 9″ shallow ceramic Quiche dish and it worked well both times, but turns out slightly differently, so its up to you.)

Now you need to dollop the dough over the plums and spread it about with a spatula until the whole surface is covered. as the cake dough is quite ‘elasticky’ make sure not to move the plums about too much.

Finaly, sprinkle the surface with flaked almonds.

Plum and Almond Cake Ready to Bake

Stick in the middle of the oven for about 40 minutes, or until an inserted skewer or knife comes out clean.

Plum and Almond Cake with Flaked Almonds

You can leave it with the ‘flaked almond side’ up, or turn it out so that the ‘plum side’ is showing, what ever you like best. Still tastes delicious all the same!

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