Vegan Plum Cake - Pflaumenkuchen

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Vegan Plum Cake

This Vegan Plum Cake recipe is based on a traditional Pflaumenkuchen, or German plum cake. I broke with tradition a little and enhanced the plums with a splash of rum and a dusting of sugar and cinnamon. I wanted the intense fruit flavors to be well balanced by a flavorful cake so I used the power of yeasted cake to add flavor depth in the cake department. Yeasted cake also has the benefit of utilizing gluten bonds for binding which frees us from needing to use any fancy egg replacers. I purposely designed this cake to be on the dense side because I felt that it helped to showcase the plums.The result is a fruit forward plum topping baked into a cake that can hold it's own. Black plums are preferred due to their high level of sweetness. Feel free to make this cake using any combination of other stone fruits you may have on hand.

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Vegan Plum Cake Recipe

1 ¾ cups + 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon active dry yeast

½ cup + 1 Tablespoon non-dairy milk
½ cup sugar
¼ cup (54 grams) Regular Vegan Butter or stick margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

1 ¼ pound plums (about 5 medium size plums)
2 Tablespoons spiced rum
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon lemon zest

1) Prepare your spring form pan and whisk together the dry ingredients.

Lightly grease the inside of a 9 inch spring form pan. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, yeast and set aside.

2) Build the dough and allow it to rise

In another medium mixing bowl whisk together the non-dairy milk, sugar, Vegan Butter, vanilla extract and salt. Add this mixture to the flour and yeast mixture and mix with a spoon. Knead the mixture on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, lightly coat it with oil, place a plastic bag or a sheet of plastic wrap over the bowl and allow the dough to rise for about 2 hours.

3) Prepare the plums

Preheat your oven to 400F (204C). Wash the plums, remove the pits and cut them into ¼ inch slices. To separate the plum from the pit, cut around the perimeter of the plum and then twist both halves in different directions. Place the plum slices in a bowl and toss with the spiced rum, sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest.

4) Press the dough into the spring form pan and let it rise once more

Roll out the dough to the inside diameter of the spring form pan on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it into the spring form pan and using your fingers, push it snug against inside of the pan. Cover the pan with a plastic bag or a sheet of plastic wrap and let it rise for about 1 hour.

5) Arrange the plums on top of the dough and bake the plum cake to perfection

Arrange the plum slices on top concentrically outward so that they're overlapping slightly like fallen dominoes. This will allow you to get maximum plum in the smallest amount of space. Lightly press the plums into the cake with your fingers. If there is any liquid left over in the bowl, drizzle it over the plums. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm with a dollop of non-dairy yogurt on top and accompanied by coffee or tea. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This recipe makes one 9 inch Vegan Plum Cake or Pflaumenkuchen.

Plum Cake slice

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This is a great recipe! Loved it!! Thank you!!

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Tastes like bread... Not cake

Sadly, the cake turned out tasting like bread. The topping was pretty yummy, but I added a few Tbsps of sugar on top and that helped a bit. Yeah, the top was good, and the whole bottom part was just chewy bread.

Not gonna make this one again (no offense)

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Sorry it didn't work out for you Candice! I'm going to look at the bready crust issue, fix it as soon as I can and update the recipe. Thanks for the honest feedback!

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I would like to make this cake, but need it to be gluten free. Am I good to substitute a GF flour mix with the yeast or do something else?

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Hello again Mattie...this recipe looks great and I think I will be trying it over the next couple of days. I haven't got spiced rum..just the regular kind. Do you think a dash of mixed spice would work as a substitute? People are still talking about the 4oth Chocolate Torte/Cake.. :o) Red

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Hi Red! Regular rum and a dash of mixed spice should be fine. This cake is more subtle than the Chocolate Torte of course (which I'm so glad worked out). Good luck!

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Your Plaumenkuchen was totally delicious. Definitely tasted like the ones my mother and her friends made in Germany. Something weird happened to the crust, most likely because I instinctively put the dough in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, before remembering that was for another recipe and hastily taking it out. So it didn't bake quite right. But even with that flaw it was still amazing, which shows how great the recipe is!

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So glad this worked out for you Mar! The fact that it reminds you of ones from Germany is the ultimate compliment!

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That picture of the cake slize looks amazing. The German spelling is Pflaumenkuchen, by the way.;)

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Thanks for the correction Mihl! I just updated it.

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