Cardamom has long been my favourite spice, it’s one that is often difficult to describe, but also unforgettable once tasted. It’s great in savoury or sweet dishes. In this recipe I have paired it with plums and in my experience this makes a great marriage.
Which conveniently leads me onto my cake. For me there is nothing more satisfying than a moist cake, make the recipe simple and I’m really happy. No dry cake crumb here, just wonderfully moist plums and the warmth of cardamom throughout. It’s a great use for those plums that you buy at the supermarket with high hopes but you find they are a bit hard and are never going to ripen. So here goes…
Caster sugar 150g
Plums 8, stoned & quartered
Eggs 3 large, lightly beaten
Plain flour 75g
Baking powder 1 & 1/2 teaspoons
Ground cardamom 2 teaspoons
Ground almonds 150g
You will need a 20cm lined cake tin, oven should be on 180 C / Gas 4.
Mix the butter and sugar until light & fluffy. Mix in the eggs slowly. Sift in the flour, baking powder and cardamom, then fold through the mixture.
Next, fold in the ground almonds, once combined, place the mixture into your tin, arrange the plums on top, (they will sink into the mixture as it bakes). Put into your hot oven for 40 -45 mins. It may take a few minutes longer depending on how juicy your plums are.
Check cake in the middle with a skewer, if it comes out clean then it’s ready. Cool in the tin before turning out. Now, it’s not the most elegant cake, but, honestly, it is very satisfying.