Mary Berry I am not, but when Marks and Spencer gave me the opportunity to whip something up I couldn't resist. Baking is something that is very much traditional in my German family but I struggle to get inspired and living alone means baking for one just seems a little excessive. I was hosting a cocktail party on Saturday night (more on that soon) and thought this Buttermilk Plum Cake would be perfect to soak up some of that gin!
To make this fabulous cake you will need:
100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
125g caster sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp baking powder
50g ground almonds
4 plums, halved, stoned and very thinly sliced
Single cream, to serve
• Heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius / 375 degrees Fahrenheit / gas 5 (170 degrees Celsius for fan ovens). Butter a 20cm cake tin and dust with a little flour, shaking out the excess. Reserve 1 tbsp sugar, and beat the rest with the butter in a large bowl, until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg.