An Easy English Plum Cake

The summer is almost drawing to a close and I’m breaking my relatively long blogging silence with a simple, seasonal recipe for an Easy English Plum Cake. It’s based on a traybake recipe that my mama would make all the time at home with fruit from our Victoria plum tree. Since English plums are my favourite fruits, it also makes sense to bring back Simple and in Season for September and to tell you about a new Cook’d button and competition by Cooklet below.

Plum Cake

The New Cook’d Button from Cooklet Social Cooking

Cooklet Logo

The folks at Cooklet are a clever bunch. They are based in Wroclaw, Poland, but I’ve known them for some time via the Food Blogger Connect conference. They’ve always been super-keen to engage with bloggers and to find ways for bloggers and their lovely readers to connect – hence their #SocialCooking mantra. Cooklet started life as a recipe site and Android App, but the team, led by Grzegorz Trubiłowicz (try saying that after a few vodkas, or just call him Greg!) have now designed a new button for our blogs called the Cook’d! button. It looks like this (see also the active button below my recipe) -


The idea behind the button is to make the recipes in our blogs much more interactive – the pictures might be pretty, but does the recipe work and taste good? By trying the recipe for yourself and showing me a photo, you can let me know!

All YOU have to do to be in with a chance of winning a great prize is to cook my English Plum Cake to the recipe below and post a photo using the Cook’d Button below. Since we are in new territory here please let me know if you have any problems at all using the button.

The competition site can be found here at

The Cook’d! Prizes

The blogger with the most Cook’d entries will win the competition over all. There are a few blogs taking part internationally. When you upload an entry, a little photo should appear next to the Cook’d button.

The Grand Prize is a $200 online voucher and 2 sets of cookbooks – which I will share with my readers in the following ways -

If I win, one of my readers will receive a $50 online voucher and a cookbook.


A second reader will also receive $50 online voucher and one cookbook.

The Jewelled Kitchen

The Grand Prize winner will be announced by the Cook’d team based on the winning number of entries. If I win, I will then chose the two winning readers from this blog.

The purpose of the competition is to test and promote the cooked button widget.

Here’s the recipe to cook if you want to win the reader prize on my blog.

Easy English Plum Cake

From Ren Behan | Desserts

A very simple traybake using seasonal English plums – any stone fruit can be used in place of plums.


12 servings


  • 8-10 English plums, stones removed
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large free range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 240ml sunflower oil, vegetable oil or mild, light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest
  • 260g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon icing sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to dust


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius/Gas Mark 5/375 F. Grease and line a rectangular baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Chop the fresh plums in half and remove the stones. Set to one side.
  3. Put the caster sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl and whisk together well for 3-4 minutes until a pale and fluffy. Add in the zest and mix again.
  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder and gently fold or mix with a metal spoon until all the flour is incorporated.
  5. Pour the batter carefully into the tray and gently press the halved plums into the batter.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the tray bake.
  7. Leave to cool. Dust the cake with icing sugar mixed with a teaspoon of cinnamon and serve with cream.

So, if you can find a few plums, make sure to try the recipe above and then add your photo using the yellow Cook’d button above (by signing in with Facebook and uploading a simple photo) – you’ll also be able to see your entry (and the overall number of entries) via their site and they have an active Facebook Page and Twitter profile, too.

I’ll also be announcing a new round of Simple and in Season soon, too.

Simple and in Season

In the meantime, I hope you can join in with cooking the Easy English Plum Cake and I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer!



  1. says

    Looks gorgeous and I love the fact that you remember your Mum baking it. I have the grand total of 4 plums on my tree at the moment but if I get my hands on more would love to try this!

  2. says

    What a fabulous cake Ren. I want some with cream!

    I am so glad you explained Cook’d. They were lovely peeps, but I never really got the whole thing at the conference.

  3. says

    My Victoria plum tree is on holiday this year, with only a few plums (it is old and only produces every other year. I know how it feels!), but I will need to ‘import’ some and give this a go. Looks so deliciously soft and comforting. And I really love the idea of Cook’d, but because I am on a hosted WP site I think such widgets are banned. It really looks like a super way to keep readers engaged. I hope you get a lot of entries, Ren. Glad to have you back, and with such a great recipe, too ;D

    • Ren Behan says

      Yes widgets don’t seem to work on which is a shame, still, never mind. Hope you had a lovely summer and thank you for popping over to comment xx

  4. says

    Hope you have had a well earned summer break and this makes the perfect recipe to enjoy one of my favourites fruits in, for me it would have to be enjoyed with custard!. I am looking forward to reading more recipes from you x

    • Ren Behan says

      Yes tinned plums would work or any stone fruit really. The fruit might just be a little softer once cooked but it will be lovely in any case x

  5. says

    Your cake looks lovely Ren. I’ve just managed to forage a few plums from my mother’s garden and was trying to decide what to make with them. Your cake may well be a contender. Would it be OK for me to … err.. include some chocolate and blog the recipe?

    Good to see Simple and in Season will be back, I was wondering what had happened to it.

    • Ren Behan says

      Ooh yes definitely, some white chocolate chips or even some dark chocolate ones, or a lovely drizzle of chocolate and cinnamon sauce…mmmn might have to make it again now! Yes hoping to re-launch Simple and in Season v soon – no idea where the times goes. Was finding it hard keeping up with comments and timely round-ups! x


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