Plum and coconut cake
( SERVES 8 )
Photo by Babiche Martens
For this gluten-free plum and coconut cake, I used plums bought from a stall on the side of the road. There are more varieties of plums than any other stonefruit and any would be perfect in this cake. The mixture may seem a little dry, but the plums will produce juice during cooking to moisten the cake. You will find coconut flour in the health-food section of your local supermarket or in a specialty health store.
For the cake
|150 g||Coconut flour|
|80 g||Ground almonds|
|½ tsp||Mixed spice|
|1 tsp||Baking soda|
|1¼ cups||Soy milk|
|3 Tbsp||Coconut oil, softened|
|1 Tbsp||White vinegar|
|1½ cups||Plums, chopped|
For the icing
- Preheat an oven to 170C. Line a 22cm tin with baking paper.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, almonds, sugar, spice and baking soda.
- Whisk together the soy milk, vanilla, oil, and vinegar. Pour into the dry ingredients and gently stir. Fold through the plums.
- Tip the mixture into the tin and flatten the top with the back of a spoon. The mixture is quite dry, don't be alarmed. Place into the oven for 40-45 minutes until lightly browned. Remove and cool in the tin.
- To make the icing - mix the icing sugar, coconut, coconut oil and lemon juice together well. Spread on the cooled cake and decorate with dried plums and toasted coconut.
- You can buy dried fruit, but it is fun to dry your own in the oven. I sprinkled these slices of plum with sugar as they were a little tart, and then dried them overnight on a baking tray at 50C. If they are really crispy and dry, try blending them to a powder.
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