Thursday, 22 September 2011

Plum & Ginger Loaf Cake

Well, yet again this week has somehow slipped away from me! Col has been in London all week so I’m feeling particularly shattered – having daddy away did not go down well with the girls. Anyway, I was inspired last Sunday by my friend Emma who completed her first half marathon.  I was slightly embarrassed to be sitting on the sidelines helping my girls munch their crackers, while other peoples’ children cheered on their mums.   With my baby boy now three months old, it is time to get fit – it is the only way as I like food far too much to diet!
Nonetheless, my recipe for this week is for a cake...
I am very pleased with this one as it was a bit of an experiment.  With a glut of plums in the house I wanted to use them up and this cake recipe is definitely a tasty way to do this; and I think will be one of my seasonal favourites.  It is a lovely golden coloured cake and has a lovely warm autumnal taste – I hope you enjoy it.
Plum & Ginger Loaf Cake
6oz/175g Butter or Margarine
6oz/175g Self Raising Flour
6oz/175g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs
8oz/200g Plums (stoned and roughly chopped)
40g (around 3 balls) Stem Ginger in Syrup (grated) & 2 Tablespoons of the syrup from the jar
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
Pinch of Salt
Juice & Zest of half a lemon
Preheat the oven to 170 oC (150 oC fan) and grease and line a loaf tin (900g-1kg).
Cream together the butter and sugar and add the eggs one at a time adding a tablespoon of flour with each egg. 
Fold in the remaining flour together with the salt and the ground ginger.
Mix in the plums, lemon juice, lemon zest and grate in the ginger.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 50 minute (although check regularly from 40 minutes).
When you remove the cake from the oven and while still in the tin, drizzle 2 Tablespoons of the ginger syrup from the jar over the top of the cake and leave to cool. 
I have been eating this as a cake; however, I think it may also be rather good with some custard and served as a pudding.

And that’s it for this week.  I am off on a wee holiday with my husband, children and my best friend, her husband and wee girl too.   Hoping for some food adventures and happy days!  Oh and I must tell you that it will be my second shot at the vintage recipe swap next week so watch this space...


  1. This cake sounds delicious! What a way to bring in fall =)

  2. Yummy Claire! I just made a plum upside down cake that was divine. They are so good this time of year (on our side of the pond at least). My husband used to be a consultant and would be gone 4 days of each week. When the kids were small it was really difficult. I empathize! The fact you even were able to do a blog post is remarkable!

  3. hi Toni, thank you so much for your comment - it is nice to know that someone out there is reading me! Love your upside down cake recipe and your Grasshopper Pie - that is a new one for me, will be trying it out soon. I still have lots of plums here, so will probably try some more plum recipes in the coming weeks!

  4. Peggy - thanks for reading! will be checking out your blog later today.


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