French Almond Plum Cake

This delicious rustic-elegant French Almond Plum Cake recipe features a delightfully delicate crumb infused with the flavor of almonds and juicy plums.  It’s easy to make, works equally well with apricots or cherries, and is a guaranteed hit wherever you serve it!

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The French love their plums and when in season the end of summer through early fall you’ll find them featured in a variety of delicious ways.  Everything from clafoutis, flaugnardes and galettes to panna cotta, tarts, served alongside duck or transformed into sweet chilled soups, plums (including the tiny mirabelle’s, “la quetsche”) are revered for their flavor and versatility.

Here is a delicious French almond plum cake I developed after getting back from our recent family trip through France and inspired by some of our indulgent samplings across Normandy, Picardy, Brittany, Ille-de-France and the Loire Valley.

Le château de Chambord France

Le château de Chambord France

Le château de Chambord France Kimberly Killebrew The Daring Gourmet

This delicious French Almond Plum Cake features a delightfully delicate crumb infused with the flavor of almonds and the moistness of juicy plums that gently seep into the cake while baking.  It’s very easy to make and is always a hit wherever I serve it.

french almond plum cake recipe traditional

Can I Substitute Other Fruits in This Cake?

You sure can.  This cake serves as wonderfully versatile base recipe for other stone fruits.  Apricots and cherries are two other exceptionally delicious options that pair beautifully with almonds.  I highly recommend you try all three versions!  French Almond Apricot Cake, French Almond Cherry Cake, French Almond Plum Cake…they’re all amazing!

How Well Does This Cake Store?

This cake is best enjoyed the day of while it’s still lightly crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.  But kept in an airtight container it will easily store for up to two days.

Can I Freeze French Almond Plum Cake?

Yes.  As already noted, if you want to retain a little light crispiness on the exterior crumb this cake is best enjoyed the same day but it can be frozen for up to a month.  Remove it from the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature.  You can also gently heat it up a little in the oven or microwave.

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French Almond Plum Cake Recipe

Let’s get started!

Beat the butter and sugar together.  Add the eggs, almond extract, vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture along with the lemon zest and beat until combined. 

Spoon the batter into the greased springform and spread it evenly.

Toss the halved stone fruit in a bowl with the lemon juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar.

Place the stone fruits on top of the batter skin side up leaving a little space in between each fruit.

Sprinkle with flaked or slivered almonds.

Bake for one hour in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F.  Remove and let cool completely.  Remove the rim of the springform pan.  If desired lightly dust the cake with some powdered sugar.  Serve the cake as is or with a dollop of whipped cream of crème fraîche.

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Enjoy!

french plum cake recipe almond stone fruit apricot cherry

Be sure to also try our German Plum Cake!

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet August 31, 2019

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