Indian Summer Almond Plum Cake is part of the “FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE” THEME PARTY. You can read the party master post by clicking this link: Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Theme Party (more details are at the end of this post!)
The end of Summer is nearing, our thoughts are heading toward our Fall season plans, the holidays… my, where did it go?
We’re celebrating the Summer season in all its glory with our Fairies of the Forest Twilight Soiree menu. It includes two fabulous desserts, this fruity combination of late summer plums and slivered almonds, plus Summer Corn & Blackberry Ice Cream.
I personally love this lightly spiced cake for breakfast too, or a snack… you catch my drift? This humble cake is great any time of day, at any meal.
I like to make Indian Summer Almond Plum Cake in a 9″ spring form pan. This way, it comes out of the pan ready to be set on a platter for your table or buffet.
If you don’t have one, a round cake pan will work just fine. You’ll just remove the cake from the pan like you normally do.
When setting the quartered plums on the batter, leave enough space between the pieces of plums. You want to allow space for the almond slivers to be evenly scattered between the plums.
Arrange the plums in two concentric circles, the outer and inner circles facing the opposite directions. Here’s a photo of how it should look.
Indian Summer Almond Plum Cake is one of those recipes that can be made several weeks ahead. Keep in the freezer, tightly wrapped until needed.
When I’m designing one of my parties, I always try to plan on having several make-ahead recipes on the menu. A host should be able to enjoy her party just as much as her guests do!
Since I acquired so many plums, I intend to make several of these beauties.
We’ll be attending several pot-luck get-togethers in the next month or so, and they’ll be perfect. My mantra when it comes to time spent in the kitchen is, “work smart, not hard”.
Words to live by…
Drum roll please… Summer Corn & Blackberry Ice Cream!
A perfect marriage of sweet summer corn infused ice cream, swirled with a thick blackberry puree and halved fresh berries.
It’s deliciously different. Yeah, you’ll need to try this one before corn season is over, don’t you think?
Even from the color of a basket of late summer plums.
And that’s exactly where the inspiration for the Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree came from. Perfectly Purple Plums.
I happened to score a big ‘ole basket full of large, ripe plums recently, and was entranced by their intensely purple color.
As I pondered my strange infatuation, I started envisioning a late summer evening on our lower “tree house” like deck.
Twinkly lights and candles illuminating a magical “Fairies in the Forest” themed evening to celebrate the waning days of summer. And purple. Lots of different shades of purple.
And that my friends is exactly how my creative juices flow.
You’ll want to check out the other “end-of-the-Summer” soiree posts too. It’s a fabulous way to celebrate a magical “fairy-like” evening with friends and family.
Here’s what you’ll find waiting for you:
Click here to go to the Master Party Post: Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Theme Party
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This cake freezes beautifully, so it's a perfect make-ahead dessert for a party, or a lovely breakfast for weekend guests.