Plum Coffee Cake

IMG_0719 (550x362) Plums were on sale last week so we got to enjoy a scrumptious plum coffee cake on the weekend. The recipe reminds me very much of Apple Sharlotka (Russian Apple Cake/Pie). The juicy plums add just the right amount of moisture and tartness to the sweet and tender cake. I don’t think a dessert could be more perfect than this. My husband happens to prefer coffee cakes, which he calls pies, over all desserts, except Cheese Blintzes (nalistniki) and I have to agree with him. I will choose this Coffee Cake over a fancy creation any day. 

Recipe from Videoculinary.ru

Ingredients:

6-8 plums, pitted

5 eggs, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1 1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.

Cut each plum into 8 slices. Set aside.

By the way, if your plums are sour, they won’t become sweeter as they bake. You need to choose sweet plums. I usually buy more than I need, that way I can pick out the sweetest plums to use in the coffee cake, since it’s not too sweet itself.

You can also use peaches, nectarines or apples in this recipe. If you’re going to use apples, I would peel them and slice them thinly, so they cook all the way through.

IMG_0668 (550x367) In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment or using a hand mixer, mix the eggs, gradually adding the sugar until pale and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.

IMG_0691 (550x367) Add the sour cream and lemon zest; mix to combine.

The lemon zest is a must in this recipe. It perfumes the whole coffee cake with a gentle, citrusy aroma and gives it such an extraordinary note.

IMG_0695 (550x367) IMG_0698 (550x367) Sift the flour and baking powder over the batter and carefully fold it into the egg mixture, trying not to deflate the eggs as much as possible. IMG_0701 (550x367) IMG_0702 (550x365) IMG_0705 (550x367) Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. IMG_0708 (550x363) Top with the prepared plums. Poke some of the plums into the batter and place more plums on top. Most of the plums should be covered with the batter. IMG_0710 (550x367) Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes. Cool for about 5-10 minutes, invert the coffee cake onto a cooling rack and peel off the parchment paper. IMG_0715 (550x362) IMG_0719 (550x362)

Plum Coffee Cake
 
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 6-8 plums, pitted
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1⅓ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.
  2. Cut each plum into 8 slices. Set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment or using a hand mixer, mix the eggs, gradually adding the sugar until pale and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sour cream and lemon zest; mix to combine.
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder over the batter and carefully fold it into the egg mixture, trying not to deflate the eggs as much as possible.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  7. Top with the prepared plums. Poke some of the plums into the batter and place more plums on top. Most of the plums should be covered with the batter.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes.
  9. Cool for about 5-10 minutes, invert the coffee cake onto a cooling rack and peel off the parchment paper.

 
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  1. Oksana says

    I am the same way Olga, I will pick a good coffee cake over cakes layered with creme. And I have been craving a good coffee cake, so thanks for this post, this cake looks absolutely marvelous! Actually everything you post looks marvelous :)

  2. Alla says

    Olga, I made this coffeecake this week with white whole wheat flour instead. It was great.. I am with you, perfect coffee side or breakfast, yum! Loved the juicy plums in it. Thanks !!!! :)

    • says

      Ha ha! Good one Marina:).
      Coffee cakes are actually moist and tender cakes that are served with coffee or tea.
      Coffee flavored cake would be really yummy though. I would probably make it with chocolate. Chocolate coffee cake sounds delicious.

  3. Olga says

    I made this plum coffee cake last night (3 plums and 4 nectarines is what I had on hand) and it turned out so tasty! Simple recipe yet so full of flavor. By the way, I only have a third of this cake left and it hasn’t been even 24 hrs. Ooops! Thanks for another great recipe.

  4. Yelena says

    Hi Olga,
    the cake is in the oven and I can’t wait for it to be ready. One question.. on the picture the batter looks white and mine is yellow, do you know why? Is it the eggs?

  5. Liliya A says

    Hi Olga,

    Can I use dried fruit instead of fresh? What do you think? I bought it from Costco and the fruit is super soft. It’s delicious.

    • says

      I wouldn’t recommend it, Liliya. Although it would work out fine, the taste and texture will be completely different. As the fresh fruit bakes it becomes so0 soft and juicy. You just cant get the same results with dry fruit. Although, it would still taste good. It’s up to you.

  6. Ilona says

    Hi Olga,
    If the plums I have are really ripe and mushy and I’m not even sure if I’m able to cut them – they’ll just fall apart – will it work or is it too late?
    Thank you!

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