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Plum and Hazelnut Cake Recipe

Delicious Plum and Hazelnut Cake Recipe from Housewife Confidential

We have a plum tree in our garden which periodically gives us a crop of plums. This year we have a crop and after the children have gorged themselves on what they can scrump I might have a few plums for my favourite plum cake.

Delicious Plum and Hazelnut Cake Recipe from Housewife Confidential

It may horrify you to know that I can take or leave cake most of the time but not his one. This cake is deliciously light with the sharp fruit cutting through the buttery flavour. The nuts add a toasted crunch which you didn’t know you were missing until this beautiful cake.

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Delicious Plum and Hazelnut Cake Recipe from Housewife Confidential

Plum and Hazelnut Cake Recipe

150g butter, softened

150g caster sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

75g self raising flour

100g ground almonds

70g blanched hazelnuts roughly chopped

6 – 7 small plums, stoned and thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 180°C


  • First toast the hazelnuts until lightly browned and set aside to cool.
  • Prepare the plums then butter and line a 20cm cake tin.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Sieve the flour into the wet ingredients and gently fold into the mixture.
  • Fold in the ground almonds followed by the hazelnuts.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and flatten the top gently.
  • Lay the sliced plums across the top, I like to arrange them in a circle but do bear in mind they will sink in so you don’t need to expend too much energy.
  • Bake for 40 – 45 minutes and test with a skewer.
  • Cool for ten minutes in the tin before turning out onto a rack to cool.

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I’ve adapted this recipe from one in Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries (an absolute must read).


Our crops are not doing so well this year. Untended by me, the lettuces are as tall as the children, the herbs have gone to seed and the cabbages are butterfly playground. In short: there isn’t going to be much of a harvest from our raised beds.

The fruit bushes have been picked bare by the children and birds but our trees are heavy with fruit. Our plum tree is a little erratic in its crop. Our first Summer it was dripping with delicious fruit, the second virtually nothing. The last three years have had average crops with this years ripening as I type.

Mr Kat, who happens to have eaten many plums in his time, says they are not as sweet as we could expect. Personally I like the slightly sour taste of them.

Even more so in a rich buttery cake.