Tuesday, September 23, 2008

TWD - Dimply Plum Cake


The TWD recipe for this week is dimply plum cake and was chosen by Michelle from Bake-En. Plums aren’t in season here at the moment so I used drained canned plums. The cake is flavoured with orange zest and cardamom which work really well together. The canned plums worked well, but I imagine that this is a different cake to one using fresh plums.

We had this cake warm with whipped cream for pudding on Saturday night. It was yummy, but I don’t think it really had any WOW factor. I guess it is what it is – a good everyday cake to have in the tins. I actually think I over cooked it slightly, as it was a little dry round the edges. I only baked it for 35 minutes – Dorie’s recipe said 40minutes I think, but I wonder if my oven was too hot to begin with as I had been baking other things in it earlier.



I am not sure that I would make this cake again – I have other plum cake recipes which I like better – that are lighter and not so dense. However, the addition of the orange zest and cardamom was delicious.

Wondering what the other TWDers thought? Find out here.

16 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

I agree that it's a good everyday cake. Nothing special, but quite a tasty treat that could sub in for breakfast if need be. And I thought I overbaked as well, but try it the next day - it's softer, moister, and better (imo).

CB said...

Mmmm... that whipped cream looks tasty with your plum cake. I made cherry instead but I still agree, its a good everyday kind of cake esp the next morning for breakfast! YUM!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

steph- whisk/spoon said...

at least yours cooked thru! mine was a mess on the bottom until i threw it under the broiler. it is a plain cake, but quite tasty, i thought.

Di said...

I had problems with mine being dry around the edges, too. I liked the flavor, but it definitely needs some work.

Pamela said...

Yeah, that whipped cream does look mouth watering next to the cake. I think it's a good cake for breakfast, too. I used cherries and lime and really enjoyed those flavors.

Anonymous said...

Cake for breakfast ??

PheMom said...

I really liked the cake, just not so much with the plums - I would slice it if I made them again.

kimberleywebb said...

Hi Tammy

I have been reading the posts by other daring bakers and was going to try to make a plum cake (a have a tin of plums ready for baking). However, following your comment that you better recipes for a plum cake I was wondering whether you would share these with me so I could give one a go - would you recommend adding orange and cardamon to your recipe?

Thanks for your comments and recommendations on recipes - they help give me an idea what to expect from a recipe.

Keep up the good blogging.

Lori said...

completely agree - this one is ok, nothing more. there are much better plum cake recipes around! you should post your favorite one!

Jules Someone said...

I liked the flavor of this cake a lot. I would still tweak it by using smaller fruit pieces. I underbaked mine a little oops.

Christine said...

This is a good everyday cake. I was mixed at first but really liked it in fact I liked it more the next day! Mine got dry around the edges too.

Prudy said...

It looks lovely so thanks for your very honest appraisal at the end. I have a plum crumb that I love to make once a year. When I was deciding if I should make this cake, I worried that I'd wish I'd just made my favorite one.

Tammy said...

Hi kimberly

I will post another plum cake one day, but the one i really like is in an Annabel Langbein book called More taste than Time - and yes, you could add cardamom and orange zest as those flavours were fabulous!

Tammy

kimberleywebb said...

Thanks for responding Tammy

I actually have that book so will give the recipe a go once I have bought some cardamon.

Looking forward to trying it.

Barbara said...

Mine was also somewhat dry. Thanks for the tip for an alternate recipe.

Jaime said...

i wasnt' wow'd by this recipe either. though some whipped cream w/it sounds great :)