Damson cake – a delightful and fruity treat, perfect for chilly autumn and winter evenings. The juicy damsons, combined with a blend of warm spices, make this cake an irresistible delight that will bring a smile to your face and warm you up on a nippy day. Whether enjoyed solo or with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, it is a sweet and satisfying indulgence that is tough to resist.
Damson plums, or damascene plums, are small, dark purple fruit known for their tangy, slightly bitter taste – making them a fantastic addition to desserts like this cake. They are also high in Vitamin C and contain antioxidants, so they are a nutritious choice for anyone’s diet. (See also: Damson Recipes and Damson Dessert Recipes such as Damson Crumble)
To make the batter for this cake, you’ll need all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Start by creaming the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and then fold them into the butter mixture. Finally, gently fold in the damsons. Pour the batter into a 9-inch cake pan and bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Serve the cake warm or at room temperature. The light and fluffy texture, combined with the juicy damsons, creates a harmonious balance of tangy and sweet flavors. The spices in the batter, like cinnamon or nutmeg, add a warm and comforting touch that makes this cake a great choice for fall and winter.
Make the cake extra special by topping it with a simple glaze. To create the glaze, mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth, then drizzle over the warm cake. The glaze will flow down the sides, adding a touch of extra sweetness.
Damson cake is not only delicious but also relatively healthy. The damsons are high in vitamins and antioxidants, while the eggs and butter provide protein and healthy fats. You can have your cake and eat it too!
It’s also a convenient dessert for busy weekdays or entertaining guests. Bake the cake, let it cool, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve it, simply take it out and let it reach room temperature.
For those who love baking and are seeking a new dessert to try, damson cake is an easy, customizable, and delicious choice. Whether you enjoy it on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, the juicy damsons and warm spices in this cake are impossible to resist. So why not give damson cake a go today and treat yourself to a sweet and satisfying dessert that is perfect for fall and winter?
Damson Plum Cake Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup fresh damson plums pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons demerara or turbinado sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three parts, alternating with the sour cream and beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined.
- Fold in the chopped damson plums. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the sliced almonds and demerara or turbinado sugar over the batter.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Serve the damson cake warm or at room temperature, with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!
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