Plum Cake

Yields: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon
  • 2 extra large eggs (or 2 large +1 egg white)
  • 6-8 plums (mine were huge so I used 4)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place a sheet of parchment over the bottom disk of an 8-9 inch spring-form pan. Fasten the ring around the disk with parchment paper secured in between. Cut off the excess paper. Grease the sides of the pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In the electric mixer, cream 1 cup of sugar with the butter. Add the eggs one at a time. Slowly add the flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and mix again.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Slice the plum into eights. 
  5. Place the plum slices around the top of the cake in a pretty pattern. Make sure they are close together. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice over the plums. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Make SURE not to over bake! Cool for 15 minutes in the pan, and another 10 minutes out of the pan before serving.

*Try with summer peaches, nectarines or apricots!
~Recipe via A Spicy Perspective

American Trifle

Ingredients:

  • 1 package vanilla pudding, prepared according to package
  • 1 (16 oz) package blueberries
  • 1 (16 oz) package strawberries, sliced (leave one whole with green removed)
  • 1 pint whipping cream, whipped with powder sugar & vanilla extract
  • 1 angel food cake, cut into bite size pieces

Directions:
You can layer the ingredients how ever you would like, but my layers are as follows:

  1. pudding
  2. angel food cake
  3. whip cream
  4. strawberries
  5. angel food cake
  6. pudding
  7. whip cream
  8. blueberries
  9. angel food cake
  10. pudding 
  11. whip cream
  12. strawberries
  13. blueberries
  14. the rest of the whip cream
  15. strawberry star with a few randomly placed blueberries

*How to make whip cream: Place whipping cream in a metal or glass bowl. Whip until soft peaks, then add powder sugar and vanilla extract, to taste. Whip to stiff peaks and enjoy! (It will whip faster if you place the bowl and whisk in the freezer prior to whipping the cream.

~Recipe from Mikaila