Easy Rustic Chestnut Plum Cake

Easy Rustic Chestnut Plum Cake-feature-on a plate on a towel

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This easy, rustic, one-bowl cake features sesonal plums encased in a lovely batter made with chestnut and regular flour, and other simple pantry and fridge ingredients. Perfect for Fall, it has that cozy feeling of old-fashioned baked goods.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) cane sugar + some to sprinkle on top
  • 100 g (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons) vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 100 g (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons) milk
  • 100 g (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • 120 g (1 and 1/4 cups) chestnut flour
  • 8 g (2 and 1/2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 medium round black plums


  1. Wash and slice three plums, then peel and cube the other. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
  2. Then, mix the eggs and the sugar in a large bowl, add the oil, and mix it all together.
  3. After add the milk, and blend well.
  4. At this point, sift the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, and cinnamon) in the mixture.
  5. Next, with a spatula, start mixing the flour in.
  6. Arrange the sliced plums on the batter. Decide how you want your cake to look, or follow my pattern. I arranged them in a circular manner, starting from the edegs, going around, and finally placing the ones in the middle.
  7. Lastly, sprinkle the top with cane sugar. Be generous, the cake is not too sweet, after all.
  8. Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Check it with a cake tester after 35 minutes and keep baking 5 minutes at a time until the tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Every oven is different so it should take from 35 to 45 minutes to bake.
  9. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool completely, then unmold. If you did not use a springform pan, or one with a removable bottom, place a large plate on the top of the cake pan, flip it upside down, so the top of the cake is on the bottom of the plate. Then gently, place another plate or cake stand on top and flip it again.


You can replace the all-purpose flour in the recipe with your favorite g.f. flour blend.

Plums are no longer available? Replace with apples.

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