Monday, 8 September 2014

Sticky Plum and Ginger Upside Down Cake

For some people the end of the summer is marked with prepping the kids for a return to school, brand new squeaky, shiny shoes and the latest Disney lunch boxes in tow. For others, it's Saturday evenings on the sofa with Strictly and X-Factor as the nights draw in. And for me, it's delving into the deepest recesses of our cupboards for darker sugars and warming spices, ingredients that herald a return to Autumnal baking. The dregs of the summer fruits, the tart raspberries and tasteless strawberries, are finally put aside in favour of juicy plums, ripe blackberries, dusty blue sloes and crunchy British apples. Recipes for summery, frozen puds discarded for the next ten months as taste buds turn to wholesome, comforting cakes and bakes.  

Such as this one. An Autumnal, sticky gingery cake studded with golden plums. 

Sticky Plum and Ginger Upside Down Cake 

For the plums: 
butter, for greasing
2 tbsp light brown sugar
500g plums

For the cake:
175g butter
175g dark muscovado sugar
70g golden syrup
70g treacle
2 large eggs, beaten
200ml milk
300g self-raising flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
Two balls of stem ginger, drained and finely chopped

1. Grease and line a 25cm round cake tin with parchment paper. Butter the paper and sprinkle with the light brown sugar. Halve the plums, removing the stone and place in the bottom of the tin, cut sides down
2. To make the cake: melt together the butter, sugar, syrup and treacle over a gentle heat, stirring until smooth. Cool for ten minutes then add in the eggs and milk. Sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices, folding the mixture until smooth. Stir in the chopped stem ginger
3. Pour the batter over the plums and bake for 45-55 minutes until firm to touch
4. Cool in the tin for ten minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

Bakers notes...
  • I've adapted this from a BBC Good Food recipe. I used a round tin, added treacle for a dense, sticky sponge and upped the ginger with the addition of the stem balls. 
  • I appreciate that Sticky Plum and Ginger does found like something you're more likely to find on a Chinese take away menu than a baking blog (!)
  • What are your favourite Autumnal bakes?


  1. This sounds so lovely and comforting. I'd love a piece on its own, or with a drizzle of cream =) I'm eager to get baking things for the new season because I'm craving crumbles and fruit cakes at the moment, even though I've still got a couple of courgette experiments I want to try!

    1. I love this time of year too- so many lovely ingredients to choose from!

  2. Muscovado sugar fan here, too!
    This cake is a wonderful way to enjoy the end of summer. YUM

    1. Thank you- I think the muscovado adds an extra depth of flavour

  3. Oh Kate this looks lovely, great flavours!

  4. I made a very similar cake this weekend - you're right, it's perfect for autumn! This sounds utterly divine.

  5. What a glorious looking cake - I love the combination of plum and ginger, so warming and Autumnal

    1. I just for the new Downton and Strictly to start and Autumn will have officially begun!

  6. Lovely cake with great autumn flavours.

  7. Now that is what I call a REAL autumn bake Kate, and as a lover of GINGER and plums, I would be happy to devour all of this cake! Karen


Thank you very much for your comment- I appreciate every single one of them!