Monday, August 22, 2011

Plum Oatmeal Madeira Cake

I love anything with oats in it. Biscuits , cookies , muffins or cakes, I love them all with oats in it . It spelt healthy .I usually take a cup of  oats  every morning for my breakfast and I am happy with this routine intake of oats...happy because I am stuffing my body with  cholesterol free food and leaving some space for not cholesterol free food later  :p  What Wendy said in her post is true...when you say oats is one of the  ingredients...everyone will think it is healthy...but seriously this is a fruity healthy and a delicious cake !   Look how luscious it is and I can take 3 slices at one go and still crave for more....Believe me, after seeing mine you will want to make them yourself :p

When I saw this cake at Wendy of Table For 2 Or More , I knew I had to make it to believe what she said..  " So, if you want to make yourself 'feel' better when devouring a cake, try this out. LOL. Reasons, whether valid or not, just eat "    

I feel GOOD chomping them down....a keeper for sure and I have to thank Wendy for sharing such a wonderful cake.  Took her advice and bought black plums instead of the fortuna plum .  A delightful sight though when you cut them out in slices.  Mine was a wee bit too soft and cutting them was painful ...I was too greedy, instead of using just 250 gm of plum, I used more than 250....about 5 you can guess how difficult to cut them into listen to Wendy and use only 250 gm of cut plum :p   I thought more fruits would be nicer and tastier but the greedy nature in me spoilt the cake....lesson learnt from here.  And I added 1 tbsp of plain yogurt to the cake batter :p  Silly me, but it tasted good good that I want MORE !!!  I managed to make 2 small loaves with this recipe . One with lemon glaze and the other one without glaze for Claire...lucky angel !  Hope you too will be inspired to make one yourself :)

***   Thank you Wendy for sharing this healthy and delicious cake :)

Plum Oatmeal Madeira Cake  - adapted from Wendy


250 gm black plums - cut into chunks 
100 gm butter
100gm brown sugar
2 medium eggs ( grade C )
125 gm cake flour/ superfine flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
50 gm oatmeal
lemon zest

100gm icing sugar
few tbsp orange juice * I used lemon 


Remove seed from plums and cut into chunks.  Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Mix with oatmeal. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 160( fan) /180 C and line 1 large loaf pan or 2 small loaf pans.
Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Beat in egg, one by one, beating well after each addition. Remember to scrape the bowl after each egg.
Put half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl.  
Put in balance of flour mixture and orange/lemon zest and beat until well combined. 
Fold in 2/3 of plums and fill pans with batter. 
Top with balance of plums and gently press them in and bake for 35mins - 1 hour, depending on pan size or until skewer comes out clean.  
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before turning it out.
Mix icing sugar with enought orange/lemon juice to preferred onsistency. 
Drizzle over cooled cake.

Have a great day and hope this cake will drive away your Monday Blues......

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  1. Hahaha! I guess you did feel 'healthier' after eating this.
    Black plums definitely looks so much better than fortuna plum.

  2. Ah, the cake that could've been in my tummy .... yum yum yumminy !!

  3. That cake looks delicious, and I have to agree-- I LOVE oats! Also, what a gorgeous color those plums are. They definitely make the cake all the more beautiful.

  4. Wow this looks amazing! I love oats...especially in baked goods!

  5. What a lovely creation. I wager it tastes as good as it looks. I'd love to have a slice of it with my coffee. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. Looks good! I love the purple staining from the plum skin! :)

  7. Oh, where to start? There are so many wonderful things about this beautiful cake...the fruit, the moistness, the lovely glaze. YUM!

  8. wendy sure likes to see the effect of the black plums bleeding the cake!

  9. Can I call this cake healthy? Can I? Ok, Ican't since it has eggs and my cholesterol would go crazy but I love adding oatmeal to my baked goodies. and plums, yummy!!!

  10. Wendy...haha you are so right ! I don't feel guilty chomping down one loaf of it coz there is only one egg in one loaf ( I managed to make 2 small loaves ) :p and all the oatmeals in them and I added yogurt to them ....pyscho myself la...anyway I love the red color staining from the plum skin making it so how to resist eating them ! Thank you so much for the recipe and please give Rueben a hug and kiss from me . Time you update us on how he is doing...a lastest pic on him please ?

  11. Joanna....soon,soon.... when you come back mid September, plums are in season now :)

    Bake Me Blush...hi , thanks for dropping by to drool. Yea , the black plum skin do stain the cake well. Love the color too :)

    Ann...yea..I know you love oatmeal like I do :) we both have things in common...yea!!!

    Mary...thanks you too have a nice week :) too love the color ...pls hug and kiss Minh for me...he is growing up to be a handsome guy :)

    Lizzy...yea this cake has it all, moistness, fruity and the lemony glaze. Great combo !

    Lena...yea she does LOL!

    Roxana....hahaha...don't worry, have a slice and the rest just drool on them. One egg in one loaf is not that bad ! Nevermind , feast them virtually from your screen will do LOL! thanks for taking the time to come here and leave me some encouragement ! Hugs and Muaxs

  12. The effect of plums on the cake is similar to blueberry but they should taste different right? Looks very yummy.

  13. Yes...Veron...the effect is almost the same , just that they taste plums give the blood staining color where else the blueberries are more purplish black :) Either one, it gives a nice color to the cake. Love them all...hahaha I am glutton !