Another Amiable Summer Cake: Plum Torte

Last month I posted a summer cake that I adapted for raspberries, cherries and blueberries. It had a buttermilk batter and a light crumb. This month, we have plums among other stone fruit that it stouter than the berries, calling for a somewhat stronger cake base. This is pretty classic as a basic cake and, just as with the berries and cherries, you simply place the fruit on top and it sinks into the cake. This is a cinch to make and takes almost no time at all. The recipe has been in my notebook for a long time and was originally based on a 1991 recipe from the New York Times that I altered.

Plum Torte

½ c (1 stick) butter, softened

¾ c granulated sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1 c sifted all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

Italian prune plums, halved, enough to fit in one layer on top of the cake batter without touching the edges or each other (I used 6 for this but have used 12 or so if the plums are small)

Topping: 1 tbsp sugar combined with ¼ tsp ground cinnamon and 2 tsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift the dry ingredients together and fold into the batter, mixing well. Add the vanilla and spoon the batter into a greased cake pan with a removable bottom or spring-form pan (8”, 9” or 10”).  Arrange the plum halves on top. Sprinkle with the topping and bake for 50 minutes (or longer) until a cake tester comes out clean.

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