This recipe is my variation on my mother’s plum kuchen (cake) that she has been making for decades. We only made this recipe when plums were in season. Plums are in season right now and are perfect for preparing this delicious, light dessert.
PLUM STREUSEL CAKE
Â¼Â Â cup unsalted butter, softened
Â¾Â Â cup sugar
2Â Â Â eggs
Â½ Â vanilla bean
1Â¾ cup flour
2Â Â Â teaspoons baking powder
Â¼Â Â teaspoon salt
Â¾Â Â cup plain yogurt
6Â Â Â Large purple plums
Juice of Â½ lemon
Â¾Â Â cup flour
Â¼Â Â cup sugar
6Â Â Â tablespoons butter, softened
Purchased ice cream or whipped cream for serving
1. Prepare Cake Pan
Butter and flour a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass-baking dish.
2. Prepare Cake Batter
Cover vanilla bean with hot water for a few minutes to plump.Â
Beat butter until creamed, gradually add sugar.Â Add eggs one at a time and beat until light and fluffy.Â Cut vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape inside of bean.Â Add vanilla bean scrapings to batter.
In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
Alternately, add flour mixture and yogurt to creamed butter.Â Stir in lemon juice.Â Spread batter in prepared pan.
3. Prepare fruit and arrange on top of cake batter
Wash and pit plums.Â Cut in half and then into 4 quarters.
Arrange fruit on top of batter in neat rows.
4. Prepare and Add Streusel Topping
With fork or pastry cutter, combine flour, sugar and butter until crumbly.
5. Bake Streusel Cake
Bake in preheated 350o oven for 40-45 minutes until streusel topping is nicely browned and apples (or plums) are tender.