Plum and Almond Squares

upside down plum cake

Plum and Almond Squares

This is the perfect recipe for using up any extra plums that you can’t quite manage to eat fast enough: you might be lucky enough to have a plum tree, or friends with plum trees. I got these in my vegetable box and having eaten quite a few, didn’t really have enough for a crumble and fancied something a bit different. It works as a dessert served warm, or cold as a piece of cake.

Essentially this is an upside down plum cake with almonds – what’s not to love!

I didn’t add any sugar to the plums so if you have a sweet tooth you will need to add some.



300g plums

150g butter

150g soft brown sugar

2 eggs

100g SR flour

100g ground almonds

3 tablespoons crème fraîche


Set the oven to 180ºC and grease and line a 20x25cm tin.

Put the plums into the tin and spread out evenly:

plum almond squares

Layer the plums in the bottom of the tin

Cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.

Add the eggs, one by one and mix to incorporate.

Fold in the flour and ground almonds and mix in the crème fraîche.

Spoon the cake mixture into the tin and spread gently and evenly over the top of the plums.

Bake for around 35 -40 minutes but keep an eye on it towards the end as it may start to burn: cover with aluminium foil if necessary.

Remove from the oven when the sponge is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for a while.

Turn out onto a cooling rack and carefully peel back the greaseproof paper, making sure the plums stay in place.

plum almond squares

Large plum and almond square

Cut into squares when cool.

plum almond square

Small plum and almond square!

Categories: Baking, Cakes, Desserts, Fruit, Fruit picking, Recipes

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10 replies

  1. Look yummy. Unfortunately no plums on the tree this year,but maybe I’ll buy some to make this.

  2. This looks incredibly delicious! I’ve never baked with plums before, but that moist fruity topping is enough to convince me! The combination with the almonds and brown sugar must be divine 🙂

  3. Looks delicious. And picked up some plums cheap from the shops. 🙂 Plums from your own tree are a million times better though. *sigh* maybe in a few years time. I’ll be giving this a go, but I think you could use most fruit as well.

  4. Tasty! Reminds me of this yummy pudding that I make – you’ll find the recipe via the first link
    Jones x

  5. looks lovely! I was just thinking this morning, that I was looking forward to plum season again.

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