Italian Almond and Plum Cake


1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour (approx.)
2/3 cup (150 mL) almond flour
2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract
5 plums, pitted and quartered
Icing sugar

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease 9-inch (2 L) springform pan; dust with flour, shaking off excess. Whisk together 1 cup (250 mL) flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk jam with 1 tbsp (15 mL) water.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition; beat in vanilla.
  3. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 2 additions, mixing just until blended, scraping down bowl as needed (do not overmix). Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Arrange plums, cut side up on top of batter; brush with jam mixture.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until tester comes out clean when inserted into centre of cake. Transfer to rack; let cool completely.
  5. Run knife between cake and pan to loosen; release cake from pan. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Serves: 8

Calories 410, Fat 18g, Cholesterol 75mg, Sodium 180mg, Carbohydrate 55g, Fibre 2g, Sugars 39g, Protein 6g


  1. Garnish cake with sliced, toasted almonds if desired.