California Backyard Cake
Saturday June 13th 2009, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Recipes

imgp7793Squishy squish.  A great one for kids to help out with. I must be a kid.

Take ripe plums and squish each one through the hands till the stone is separated out; set the stones aside as you go.  Your blender will thank you.  Measure about a small flattened-off teaspoonful of sugar per plum’s worth, more if you like it less tart; stir sugar and plum guts, including the skins, and zap till it all boils for two minutes or more.  If you want, you can mix a little cornstarch in with the sugar before mixing to help smooth the texture, but it’ll be fairly thick as it is.

After it boils, you put it in a blender or cuisinart till smooth. Voila. A rich, gorgeous, scrumptious plum sauce with almost zero effort. Don’t miss out on the skins; they add the tartness and the depth of flavor, a sour cherry effect.  Pour over ice cream or cake.  Pureed blueberries and sugar is also an option, but then you really will need that cornstarch, the amount depending on how much you cook up.

Now for the California Backyard Cake:

Oven at 350.

Have a bowl ready with 2 c flour and 2 tsp baking powder.

A second bowl with 2 c sugar and 1/2 tsp salt.

A measuring cup with 1 c freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (or I suppose 1/2 c OJ and 1/2 c juice from average grocery store lemons, Meyers being a hybrid, but that’s just a guess. I use what I’ve got growing out here.)  Add 1/4 c oil or butter–the original Cretty Bocker 1950 1st Ed. Inexpensive Sponge Cake recipe said 2 tbl, but that makes for a fairly dry cake. On the other hand, if you want to use the leftovers as toast, or to have it as low fat as possible, hey, go for it.  I’m just telling you how I like it better. (Note: 6/11/12: I used a full stick and then sprinkled the top with 10 oz raspberries and ~1/4 c brown sugar on that, and I will definitely do it that way again.)

Beat four eggs for about four or five minutes, till very light.  Add a tsp of vanilla. Have the lemon juice and oil or butter come to boiling in the meantime.  Add the sugar/salt to the egg mixture; then slooowly pour in the boiling lemon juice.  Quickly beat the flour mixture in and put the 13×9″ Pam’d pan in the oven for 25-30 minutes. (30 in mine.)

imgp7795Serve with plum sauce poured over each piece. Yes, that’s a lot of tartness.  If you want it sweet, you can mix the plum sauce with powdered sugar to make a frosting to coat it instead.

Happy summer! (Trying not to drip plum sauce on the keyboard.) Cake and sauce shown in their natural state two minutes after it emerged from the oven, when I couldn’t even move the pan yet for the photo without oven mitts.  Ya gotta watch those indoor squirrel types–they’re dedicated to the cause.

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Sorry to say that the Meyer lemon is no relation. As you likely know, the Meyer is much sweeter than others. “Cretty Bocker”? Who he? I don’t think I could beat 4 eggs — they would beat me every time.

Now if you are going to post recipes, I’ll have to do my morning juice one. Extremely simple.

Humor: If you know the Bible–even a little–you’ll find this hilarious! It comes from an  elementary school. Kids were asked questions about the Old and New Testaments. The following statements about the bible were written by children. They have not been retouched or corrected (i.e., incorrect spelling has been left in).

~ In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating stuff, so he took the Sabbath off.

~ Adam and Eve were made from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals come on to with pears.

~ Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day, and a ball of fire at night.

~ Samson was a strong man who let himself be led stray by a Jezebel like Delilah.

~ Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.

~ Moses led the hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread without any ingredients.

~ The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to find the ten ammendments.

~ The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat an apple.

Comment by Don Meyer 06.13.09 @ 9:30 pm

That sounds so yummy. I’ll have to try that one this summer:)

Comment by TripletMom 06.13.09 @ 10:31 pm

Ummm, did I miss it? I can’t see how hot the oven should be.
It does sound superb!

Comment by Marina McIntire 06.13.09 @ 10:49 pm

(Thank you, oops, fixed that. 350 degrees.)

Comment by AlisonH 06.13.09 @ 11:02 pm

Alison? Great non-dairy cake! (with the oil…) Oh, and go visit your Ravelry mail – I sent you all the mitzvot that I rounded up!

Comment by afton 06.14.09 @ 4:38 am

I will have to try this when plums are in season here.

Comment by Henya 06.14.09 @ 6:22 am

This sounds scrumptious. My mouth is watering already.

Comment by RobinM 06.14.09 @ 6:25 am

Wonderful! I’ll have to try the cake recipe, but I don’t know about the plum sauce… I’d enjoy it, but the Knight wouldn’t.

Comment by Channon 06.14.09 @ 6:28 am

Alison that plum sauce sounds delicious, yum!

Comment by Michelle 06.14.09 @ 7:20 am

Your cake with plum sauce sounds fantastic!
would be great with a cup of tea!

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Comment by Diana Troldahl 06.14.09 @ 12:01 pm

Mmmmmm…slobberin’ over the keyboard, for real. 🙂

I have no Meyer lemon tree nor a plum tree of any sort. Must fix. Jealousy factor risin’ here in the hills. _chuckles_

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 06.15.09 @ 4:21 am

Mmmmm, sounds ymmy. But I think I’ll have to wait till I eat the brownies I just made!

Comment by Carol 06.15.09 @ 3:05 pm

Yum! Wish we had plum and Meyer lemon trees growing in the yard 😉 (I almost typed “yarn”!)

Comment by Kathleen 06.16.09 @ 7:21 am

Yum! Sounds great.

Comment by Alicia 06.16.09 @ 11:13 am

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