For years, decades really, I’ve been making a simple sponge cake garnished with cut up fruit on the top. It began with sliced plums. This afternoon, I made it again with a plum that was in our fruit bin but sadly passed over for too long.
The cake recipe is simple and easy to remember: everything is 1 of – for example:
1 cup sugar, 1 stick butter, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, salt and 2 eggs.
Look for a pretty pan to bake it in – butter the pan and then smooth the batter in it. On the top, wash and slice up a piece of fruit that has seen better days but is still good to eat. In this case, I sliced up the plum and laid it out on the batter. Then I mixed up together 1 tablespoon of sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg. Sprinkled it on top of the plums and batter showing through.
(I’ve also made the cake with peeled sliced apple, dark red cherries cut in half, peaches and nectarines!)
In a preheated 350 degree oven, I baked it for 35-40 minutes. It was fragrant and simply beautiful to look at. Tastes good too!