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.
The New Cook’d Button from Cooklet Social Cooking
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 Cookd.it
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 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
A very simple traybake using seasonal English plums – any stone fruit can be used in place of plums.
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
- Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius/Gas Mark 5/375 F. Grease and line a rectangular baking tray with parchment paper.
- Chop the fresh plums in half and remove the stones. Set to one side.
- 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.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder and gently fold or mix with a metal spoon until all the flour is incorporated.
- Pour the batter carefully into the tray and gently press the halved plums into the batter.
- 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.
- 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 Cooked.it 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.
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!