A Summer to Fall transitional treat!
Prep & Cooking: 40 minutes (plus cooling time)
Pairs well with: Coconut Whipped Topping
8-12 small red plums halved and pitted
1 cup whole wheat flour or gluten free blend
¼ cup + 2-3 tbsp coconut sugar or light brown sugar of your choice
¼ cup + 1 tbsp melted coconut oil or other light oil of your choice
½ cup almond or other plant milk
2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ cup chopped, slivered or flaked almonds
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350°F and in a 9x9 (or equivalent, you’ll notice I used an oval dish) melt 1 tbsp of coconut oil and sprinkle the bottom with a few tablespoons of sugar.
Halve plums and remove pits. Depending on the style of baking dish or pan you are using, you may find that you want to quarter the fruit. Place cut fruit peel side down on top of the sugared base of the baking dish.
In a medium to large mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil, vanilla, milk and vinegar. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and spices. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir to combine. If you find the batter is too dry or lumps are not stirring out, add a little bit of water or plant milk; 1 tablespoon at a time. Add almonds to the batter and fold to incorporate.
Spread the cake batter over the cut fruit. Do this gently so that you don’t flip or move the fruit. If it doesn’t look perfect, don’t worry – this is a rustic dessert and after baking, the bottom is the top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the centre of the cake clean.
Allow cake to cool for 15-20 minutes before running a kitchen knife along the edges of the cake and turning it out onto a serving plate.
The best method for this is to place the plate you will be serving on over the baking dish and turning both the plate and the baking dish at the same time.
If you aren’t wanting to flip the cake, no problem, just spoon it onto plates, serve and enjoy – it all tastes the same no matter how you serve it.
If you want a little added sweetness, our Coconut Whipped Topping is a tasty addition!