It has been sweltering the past couple of days so I tried to keep the oven usage to a minimum. It has been too many days since I baked and the itch is back! Conveniently, my husband requested muffins for his team meeting tomorrow and I know just the thing: Plum Nutty Cake. Yes it is a cake, but I figured I would give it a bit of a face lift and make it more portable in muffin form.
I believe this recipe came into my family’s possession by way of one of my dad’s co-workers. However my mom ended up with the recipe, I am happy about it. This cake, or more accurately a tea cake, makes me want to curl up with a large piece and a cup of coffee. This recipe comes together really quickly, so I love whipping it up for a last minute dinner party.
The only thing I feel a little silly about when it comes to this cake is baby food. Yup you read that right, baby food. I try to keep a couple containers on hand because I always get funny looks when I buy it. The recipe says that you can substitute really any flavor of fruit baby food or even applesauce, but I like the way the original tastes. The other thing is you can use any chopped nuts that strike your fancy, but as a Georgia girl, pecans are always my go to. For anyone who tries this recipe, I would love to hear about any combinations you try!
Plum Nutty Cake
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1 small jar baby food plums
- Preheat oven to 350º F and line a muffin tin with 12 liners.
- The original recipe called for 3 eggs so in this smaller muffin version, beat one of the eggs and pour out half. Combine the vegetable oil, 1 1/2 eggs and jar of baby food together and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, powder, salt, sugar, and spices. Whisk in the wet ingredients then fold in the pecans.
- Scoop batter into the muffin liners about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool on a wire rack.