Not too sweet, and with wholesome almonds, this moist cake is a cinch in the Thermomix and makes the most of seasonal plums. First, make a plum syrup using the heating and stirring capacity of the Thermomix. Next, make a cake batter in one minute, flat, using the powerful blades.
For plum syrup
500g plums, halved, stones removed
1 tsp vanilla paste
40g raw sugar
juice of ½ lemon
For plum cake
120g raw sugar
200g natural almonds
200g unsalted butter, in 2cm cubes
100g wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
6 plums, stones removed, halved
1. Place all ingredients into Thermomix bowl and cook for five minutes/100 degrees/speed 1.
2. Blend for 45 seconds/speed 9. Set aside to cool.
1. Preheat oven to 170C degrees. Grease and line a round spring-form cake tin (22-centimetre diameter).
2. Place the sugar and almonds into clean, dry Thermomix bowl and blitz for five seconds/speed 9. Add the butter, eggs, flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Mix for 50 seconds/speed 5. Scrape down and mix for another 10 seconds/speed 5.
4. Tip the mixture into the prepared cake tin. Pour over 1/4 cup plum syrup and swirl through with a skewer. Arrange halved plums on top (slice large plums into one-centimetre slices).
5. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
6. Turn cake on to a rack to cool. Serve with extra plum syrup.
Tip: Leftover syrup is terrific with muesli and yoghurt, on pancakes or drizzled over crumpets. Plums can easily be replaced with pears when the season shifts.
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