Plum Cake: Baking Mad

I am always looking for an excuse to bake and was very excited when the Baking Mad team approached me to try some of their recipes. I was sent a hamper of baking goodies, including Allinson flour, Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract, Billington’s caster sugar etc, all of which I frequently use in my kitchen. The website, which is from the channel 4 show presented by master patisiser Eric Lanlard, has a wide selection of sweet and savoury recipes for any occasion. I set my heart on baking the plum cake, using the last of this season’s delicious fruit. The recipe was very easy to follow, and resulted in a deliciously moist cake. I don’t normally get much of a rise in my cakes, but I followed the instructions, creaming the melted butter with the sugar; and folding whisked egg whites and the flour into the batter, and was surprised with the end results. I have made this cake three times now, and everyone has enjoyed eating this, always going back for a second helping. I am already eyeing up the spiced pumpkin bread on the Baking Mad page, so expect to see that on the blog soon.

Easy dessert in 8 easy steps.

Plum Cake: Baking Mad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Plum Cake: Baking Mad


  • 175g unsalted butter, melted
  • 175g unrefined golden caster sugar (Billington's)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (Nielsen Massey)
  • 3 free range eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 175g self raising flour (Allinson)
  • 350g plums (approx. 6), firm, stoned and halved
  • icing sugar for sifting


  1. Preheat the oven 190C, gas mark 5, 170C fan. Grease and line an 18cm x 26cm baking tray. Whisk the sugar and melted butter together until light.
  2. Add almond extract and gradually beat in an egg yolk, one at a time.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gradually fold into the mixture, alternating with the flour.
  4. Spoon the prepared tin and level the surface.
  5. Arrange the plum halves on top, skin side down.
  6. Bake for about 35-40 minutes until risen and golden.
  7. Remove from the oven and sift over a layer of icing sugar. Allow to cool in the tin.
  8. Serve warm, with whipped cream or ice cream.
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Disclaimer: I was sent a box of baking goodies by the Baking Mad team, to test out one of their recipes. All the opinions shared are my own.

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  • Posted October 27, 2014


    Oh wow how divine and pretty do these look and by the sounds of them not to hard to make either – very inspired – love this

    Laura x

  • Posted October 27, 2014


    Wow looks amazing so yummy! May have to try this although I’m not great at cooking.


  • Posted October 27, 2014

    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    I am a huge fan of easy (and well photographed) cakes like this one. Pinning, stumbling tweeting etc .

  • Posted October 27, 2014

    Deena Kakaya

    Tina your site is looking gorgeous! Beautiful and classy. This recipe looks deeply comforting, sweet and sumptious; nice work Tina x

  • Posted December 6, 2014


    Hi Tina, this looks absolutely gorgeous, great presentation!

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  • Posted November 16, 2015

    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    What beautiful photography. This cake looks fantastic. I much prefer pears cooked, roasted or baked in some way (in fact that’s the way I like to eat all of my fruit) so this is right up my street. Thanks for sharing.

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