Vanilla Plum Cake

Oh. My. God. Becky.  Look at those plums.  They are sooooo big.

Now that I have Sir Mix A lot ringing in your head (you’re welcome) run, don’t walk, to the store to get plums before the season is completely over.  This cake was not only beautiful but seriously delicious.


2 1/4 cup flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
zest from 1/2 a lemon
8 oz. butter, softened
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
3 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
8 oz. jar of plum jelly or preserves
4 plums, halved and pits removed

Preheat oven to 350.  Sift together dry ingredients, expect sugar.

Remove seeds from vanilla bean.  Run a sharp knife down the long side of the bean to split it open.  Open up he bean so that it is flat on the cutting board.  Using the flat side of the knife, run the knife along the bean to scrape out the seeds.  Repeat to extract as many seeds as possible.

In a mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Add vanilla seeds & lemon zest.  Mix until just combined.

Add eggs one at a time.

Alternate dry ingredients and milk.

Line the side of a spring form pan with parchment paper.

Wrap foil around bottom and outside of pan.  This will keep the juice from running out the bottom of the pan, dripping on to the bottom of your oven and prevent a plume of smoke from coming from the oven when you open it to check and see if the cake is done.  Wrapping the pan in foil will prevent you from having to frantically wave a cookie sheet in front of the smoke detector to keep it from going off.  It will also prevent you from running from one end of the house to the other to open the door and windows to create a draft to remove the smoke.  Wrapping the pan in foil will also keep the toddler from wandering out the open front door and then you wondering 20 minutes later where he is.  Theoretically speaking, of course.

Spread jelly on bottom of the pan.  Place plum halves face down in the jelly around the perimeter of the pan.

Pour batter over jelly and plums.  Place foil lined pan on rimmed baking sheet.  I don’t think I really need to explain why a rimmed baking sheet is needed, do I?

Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.

I like big plums and I can not lie…

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