prune tea cake



I’ve had a bottle of “prune” oil (oil made out of the stones of prunes) sitting in my cupboard for the last couple of months. When I smelt it for the first time I was very tempted to dab a bit behind my ears and wear it as a perfume (I have a perfume with vanille/almond notes). But instead I thought it would make a delicious base for a cake. Piece of cake to make, it won’t take you more than 10 minutes with a mixer.

Prune cake

3 eggs

100 g sugar

80 g whipping cream or very thick double cream

115 g flour

1 tsp baking powder

50 g prune oil*

75 g prunes, chopped and rolled in flour**

Preheat the oven to 160°c. Whisk the sugar and eggs until they are thick and pale yellow colour. Whip the cream to a soft peak. Combine with the egg mixture. Sift the flour and baking powder into the cake batter. Add the oil and mix. Pour into greased and lined baking tin. Add the prunes. Bake 35 minutes or until knife comes out clean when inserted.

*If you don’t have prune oil. You could replace it with the same amount of sunflower oil and a tsp of almond extract.

**supposedly this stops the fruit from sinking to the bottom, didn’t seem to work with mine. If you know a better trick let me know.

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