Vanilla & Plum Cakes – Quick & Easy

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This recipe is for a deliciously soft and light cake with a fruity edge, Vanilla & Plum Cakes.

But first I must apologise for the delay in posting the recipe and the video. I also need to apologise for those who may have tried to access the blog without success. This was due to a technical issue which was created by an automatic update. Hopefully the issue is now resolved and all is back to normal.

So, back to this recipe. These little cakes, which I made in a muffin pan, are simply wonderful. They take very little effort or time to make, but they provide a wonderfully tasty treat. They can be enjoyed as cakes or as a dessert with some cream, perhaps.

With vanilla being the main flavour and with plum adding another, fruity, dimension they are very good indeed.

A muffin pan is good to make these cakes in. Paper cases can be used if desired. However I lined the bottom of the muffin pan cups with parchment and I greased and floured the sides to prevent sticking.

Even with the greasing and flouring of the pan I still had to gently loosen the cakes with a small spatula after baking. Maybe a heavier coating of flour would have made it easier, but it was not a problem.

I also sprinkled some demerara sugar over the top of my cakes before baking, which gave the cakes a slight crunch on the top which was very nice.

Vanilla & Plum Cakes

The cakes turned out very well indeed and tasted great.

Vanilla & Plum Cakes – Video

Another great recipe, particularly as Christmas approaches is my Christmas Cake Cupcakes

I should mention that I saw the recipe on a video on Youtube, and I used that with some minor variations to make my cakes.

Vanilla & Plum Cakes – Quick & Easy

Recipe by geoffcooCourse: Cakes, MuffinsCuisine: cakesDifficulty: easy


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  • 200g(1 1/3 cups, based on scooping packed flour into a 250ml cup) plain flour

  • 100g(1/2 cup) caster sugar

  • 12g(3 tsp) baking powder

  • 2 medium eggs(large in USA)

  • 100ml(7 tbsp minus 1 tsp) flavourless oil

  • 90ml(6 tbsp) milk

  • 4 plums, halved and stoned and then sliced into thin wedges.

  • 25g(2 tbsp)demerara sugar

  • 5ml(1 tsp) vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F.
  • Grease and flour 10 holes of a muffin pan(or line with paper cases).
  • Place the eggs into a large bowl and whisk until pale and well combined.
  • Add the sugar and whisk again until the mixture is slightly thickened.
  • Pour in the oil and whisk thoroughly to combine.
  • Next pour in the milk and vanilla extract and whisk again.
  • Mix the baking powder into the flour and then sift that over the wet mixture.
  • Gently whisk the flour into the wet mixture until fully combined.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate any remaining flour.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the 10 cups of the muffin pan.
  • Gently place slices of plum(I used 5 slices per cake) into the batter, pushing down but leaving the slices visible.
  • Sprinkle demerara sugar over the top.
  • Bake in the oven, until the cakes have risen and coloured on the top, and a skewer test comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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