This might just be the most moist cake you ever make.
We, well most of us, know that a prune is a dried plum. Can you imagine the response when telling people you’ve just made the most delicious prune cake? I don’t think they’d be in a hurry to try it, so we’ll stick to the word plum then everyone will be happy to try it and maybe even go on and make their own 😉
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp allspice
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup ready to eat prunes, pitted and chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts, but use whatever you have handy)
4 oz butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp soda
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
Line a bundt or 9 ins round cake tin with baking parchment.
Preheat the oven to 350F/175C/gas mark 4.
Combine all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Beat with an electric mixer until well combined.
Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for one hour.
Just before the cake is done, place all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan.
Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, and continue boiling gently until the sauce is thickened slightly, about two minutes.
Remove cake from the oven, but don’t take it out of the tin.
Poke holes all over the top of the cake with a fork.
Pour hot sauce over the cake.
Allow to stand for about half an hour for the sauce to be absorbed.
You can also add 1 tsp nutmeg if you like to.
Serve to Family and Friends remembering to call it ”Sugar Plum Cake” 😉
Oh and this conversion might help some of you..
1 cup = 227g = 8 oz
Also if you don’t have buttermilk, which is hard to find here in the UK, here is how you can easily make your own in 5 minutes…
milk (just under one cup)
1 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar
Place a Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring cup.
Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one cup full.
Let it stand for 5 minutes.
There it is, you have your buttermilk!