Baking | Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit Cake … for SRC and #baketogether

“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.”
Thomas Keller

 Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeWhen you hear the words “This is SO GOOD! Can I have another piece? Yummm! And another?” … you know you’ve hit a home run! That’s just what happened when I passed around this Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit Cake dotted with sweet yet tart plums, the end of the summer fruit here. The pre teens words were music to my tired ears, my day suddenly looking up!Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeThe tiresome teen too abandoned her swinging diet and settled for a couple of squares. For the first time in a while she declared, “I want to take some to school!” At almost 16 years old, this summer fruit cake must have been pretty good to make her carry a snack box to school.Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit Cake“I’ll take 10 pieces to school”, the teen  went on to say, while the lad saw his sweet dreams literally fly out of the window! To cut a long story short, I didn’t have ’10 left for school’, so the dieting diva settled down and ate 2 more squares! The pooch ran round longingly but with little luck! She had grabbed her plum earlier! Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeGiven my obsession with baking with fruit, I had the seasons last few plums, a longing to bake with them. This delicious cake would never have happened if it hadn’t been for my fabulous foodie friends AND the Secret Recipe Club.

The Secret Recipe Club, the brainchild of Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’.

Secret Recipe Club'The idea behind the club – Each month you are “assigned” a participating food blogger to make a recipe from.It’s a secret, so don’t tell them you are making something from their blog! Click on the link if you want to join the fun!!

A visit to my good friend Barbara’s yummy blog Creative Culinary, my SRC assignee for August left me filled with glee! I love the way she goes with the laissez faire policy in food blogging, one that I identify with completely. She’s a GREAT gal!Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeI hadn’t been on Twitter for ages, just the odd pop in now and again. I really miss it, my foodie friends and the exciting happenings from time to time. Life is annoyingly busy, with Mr PAB traveling throughout August, the teen facing examinations at school … and the little dog {and kids} forever HUNGRY and full of beans!I visit Creative Culinary often, more often after I was assigned the blog at SRC. Had SO MUCH bookmarked and when I returned to make a certain baked chocolate fudge, I saw this latest post. Dropped all other thoughts. Summer Fruit Cake it was going to be. A quick stop over at the delightful and large hearted Abby Dodges place had me wanting even more to #bake together! Cheers to ‘collaborative effort‘! What a sweet sounding word!

Her idea …  Here’s the twist: Instead of everyone making the exact same recipe, I propose we all start with this same basic recipe (delicious as is, I promise) and then everyone can “switch-it up” in anyway they want. You know me.. I’m just crazy about bakers adding their own person tastes and touches to my recipes. I’m a big believer in the collaborative effort – makes everything better, even chocolate.

For this month … Let’s make a single layer cake that highlights summer’s best fruit. This recipe is about as straight-forward as a cake can get – no fancy ingredients (unless YOU want ‘em),  a simple preparation and the presentation is as casual or fancy as you want to make it. OK.. so we have a recipe.. now it’s time for everyone to switch it up. Can’t wait to make and taste everyone’s Summer Fruit Cake ~ YOUR WAY!

 Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeAbby called for changesherb, dairy, topping, streusels … bombarded us with ideas, inspiring us to think! Plums were certainly going to be the summer fruit … then I began to think pairings! Since it’s a late summer fruit cake, I introduced ginger into my recipe. As I do often, I ground in some whole almonds and reduced the flour. I love the deep texture almonds offer to the crumb, as also making it healthier.Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeSince I don’t own an 8″ Springform tin {really strange because I seem to have bought just about everything else, or at least Mr PAB thinks so}, I reached for the loaf tin. But Canelle et Vanilles Plum Tart has remained in my mind for years, so I settled for a square tart pan. I also made a teeny Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit Cake in a 3″ Springform with the extra batter, just in case the bigger cake ended in disaster!Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit Cake I caught the batter almost firm in the tart pan after 15 minutes {was too shallow I think, so it got baked really fast}. The fruit was tart so it got an additional sprinkling of vanilla sugar prior to baking, and once done got showered with pistachio flakes and slivered ginger slices … YUM!Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeThe ginger was subtle in the background, yet lent to the wonderful late summer flavours. Thanks to Abbys ideas, and Barbara’s twist to the cake, the mind got thinking and my freshly drained homemade quark cheese made way to replace sour cream. Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeWhat a wonderful cake this was. It’s a great tea cake, wonderful for a snack box, ideal too for the picnic basket … and would double up as a nice dessert too if served with cream or ice cream.Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit CakeI have just been ‘requested’ by the kids to make another one tomorrow. I did offer a peach cake as I have a couple of peaches on hand, but the chorus sang plums! I hope I can find some in the bazaar tomorrow … the colours, flavour and texture hitting a high note in our home. Sadly I found this recipe at the end of the stone fruit season…but hey, there’s always next year!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. this is a unique combination ! love it
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  2. Achallenge well looks delicious.

  3. Ground almond and plum? Yes please! What a winning combination. I found a recipe in Waitrose magazine recently using similar ingredients but piled onto a puff pastry base and baked as tiny tartlets which was divine, so imagine your’s tastes great. LOVE the dog in the pictures too – so cute!

  4. Oh yum. This looks delicious. And your pictures are always so beautiful.
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  5. Hey Deeba, This was first post I opened as I was having coffee this morning and boy how did I want to have a slice, even just a crumb:). Gorgeous job as usual.
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  6. Looks absolutely amazing as usual! I don’t see the blog hop, can you add it please Deeba? Thanks!
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  7. A scrumptious cake! Plums are fabulous fruits.



  8. Lovely! I can see why this was gone far to quick!
    I still have this #baketogether on my to do list and with your lovely reccomendation I think I will make this very soon!

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  9. Talk about something almost prophetic…me inviting you to check out the #baketogether challenge, you in SRC and us long time buds on Twitter; it does appear meant to be! Of course you have taken my ‘altitude challenged’ cake and make it something spectacular. In the final twist to this full circle…I just bought plums. You know what that means, right? Beautiful photos but I expect nothing less! XOXO
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  10. Oh shoot…forgot to add but must…LOVE your dog; so cute Deeba. Almost as cute as the kids!
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  11. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says:

    Wow, Deeba. That is so pretty! …And I’m sure delicious as well.

  12. Oh my that looks so good. What a nice summer treat for the family. Your dog is so cute also.
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  13. That was a fun post! Of course the cake looks so gorgeous! Loved the stories, recipe and pictures!
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  14. Gorgeous cake, gorgeous plums and gorgeous photos!

  15. Gorgeous!! That tart looks and sounds wonderful.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook
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  16. I’ve been wanting to cook more with plums :). Ginger pairs so well with the fruit, I know this cake must be wonderful.
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  17. Ginger in baking with fruits gives a unique flavor.. love it…
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  18. Yum, that cake looks amazing…SO pretty! Love your photos. :)
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  19. wow… njoyed every bit of ur clicks!! u r truly passionate abt baking & clicking.. i mst say
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  20. Stunning! The combination of ginger, almond and plum is fantastic! I must make this one.
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  21. Absolutely lovely. I just can’t stopping thinking about the ginger and sweet combination. Should be so good.
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  22. The pic in the recipe box, looks like a colourful stamp. Don’t know if it was an intentional effect, but it is sweet.
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  23. Deeba, thats a gorgeous looking cake. I’ll bet it tasted fantastic with all those lovely flavors in there!

  24. Absolutely! Its music to ears when kids want second and third servings and then take some to school ! I really do hope my kids will want to do that when they become teenagers too!

    The cake looks real good and delish, pistachios make it look even better!
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  25. I saw this first thing this morning, but didn’t want to give away that I got your blog! 😀 All I had to do was scroll through the thumbnails and find the prettiest cake there – and there you were! Of course I love this – and all the wonderful summer fruit tarts you came up with this year. I’m so happy I was assigned your blog – I’d always hoped I would be, but afraid I couldn’t do you justice. :-) This plum tart, with the ginger and almonds, is quintessentially YOU. xox
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  26. Great recipe! And as always your photos are so inspiring :)
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  27. Looks great! I am really tempted to bake this now! I have never really bakes anything with plums!
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  28. looks wonderful…am so gonna make this… and that pooch, lovely girl she is….xx
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  29. Before I even clicked on the link to visit you I KNEW that was your photo! Gorgeous!
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  30. MANMOHAN says:

    very nice blog and informative.

  31. Ah, did you see mine? This was a fabulous cake and I love Abby’s recipes. Always brilliant! We miss you on twitter so you can join in more often! Love the cake, love the pics and yay that tween loved it (the boy I expect nothing less). Miss you!
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  32. I can’t resist ginger and it sounds like a fantastic partner for the plums and pistachios. Glad the pup made a reappearance – so cute.
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  33. This does sound like a most wonderful cake, and looks amazing! I adore ginger always, but love the thought of the tart plums with a hint of ginger spiciness…just beautiful :)
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  34. I saw this truly lovely cake on one of the food porn pages, no surprise that it is yours daaaaahling :D. It reminds me of one of the cakes at Ottolenghi.
    *kisses* HH
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  35. This is absolutely beautiful! I love baking with stone fruit – it always screams summer, and the result is usually divine.
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  36. My favorite thing about this post (besides your usual stunning photography) was reading about your childrens’ reactions to this particular cake. Very sweet and funny!
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  37. These photos are just perfect. And I am super impressed that your teens loved this dish. Kids are the toughest customers!
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  38. Beautiful as always Deeba! Plums and ginger sound great together!
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  39. I love this twist and your photos are gorgeous! Wonderful SRC post!

  40. You made me wanna make this cake! I love the way they’re placed on the cake, and your pics are soo tempting! And your doggy, he’s bigger now!! He’s sooo sweet…
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  41. Thanks for this recipe for plum almond ginger summer fruit cake. It sounds like a wonderful treat. Thanks for the all of the great pictures.

  42. Wow, Deeba, you never cease to amaze me with your baking, photography, food-styling skills. What an absolutely gorgeous cake. I need to bake with plums more, I just eat them too fast and never have enough to bake with lol
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  43. Your cake looks superb, as usual, how I wish to join the SRC! But I don’t think I can’t keep up with the delicious looking photographs:-)´s last blog post ..Book review: The Perfect Scoop & Another Giveaway!My Profile

  44. hi junia, i will try this cake very soon, it looks so delicious and pretty… anyone will surely get attracted to it without even knowing what the ingredients are
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  45. what a beautiful summer cake!!! i love the ideas of almonds and plum together! that second picture of the cut summer cake is just picturesque – love how the hues are tinted purple and green within. thanks for joining out #cakelove party! :)

    btw, i have the same american cocker spaniel too! 😀
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  46. Beautiful Deeba, I love this combination of fruit and almond base, I understand how more than one slice can be consumed
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  47. Wow! Deeba, everything you make looks so perfect and delicious! I am always in awe of what you are able to do with ordinary fruit. Thanks for sharing!!

  48. I’ve just been thinking about plums and how I need to hurry up and bake with some before the season is gone! I can see why this cake was so well-received. Love the pistachios and ginger on top. And, your puppy with the plum is the cutest.
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  49. Hi!!! I’ve just discovered your blog, and I must say, it’s wonderful, I love it!
    This cake looks really yummy, great pics!!!

    Congrats on such a nice blog!
    Big hug from Stockholm :)
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  50. Your photos are amazing! Delicious looking

    Thanks for sharing


  51. Pflaumenkuchen! I once had an entire trip across Germany in which I was obsessed with finding the perfect one. I found one, in a kitchen garden, at a semi-trnedy little brunch place off the edge of the student section of a city where I got a great haircut from a flamboyant Turkish man. I haven’t dared replicate it, but this, on the other hand, might be within reach.
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  52. I love plums… what a fun recipe! I can’t wait to try it!


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