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A Storied Plum Cake

A good orchardist knows the plum varieties in their orchard, but somewhere between the orchardist and the shop the name of the plum simply becomes ‘Plums $6.99’. I love any sort of plum and I love their names too but because I rely on the shop for identification I can never be sure I know what I’m talking about. What is a Mariposa at the shop up the hill is often a Satsuma at the shop down the hill. The plums I used for this cake have a red, sweet flesh and could have been Mariposa, Elephant Heart, Dorrigo Blood or something else, but they were definitely blood plums. I’m sure you could use sweet yellow fleshed plums too but a splash of bloody red on a cake is always a good look. I found the recipe to this cake on the Smitten Kitchen blog where you can read about the cake’s pedigree.  Smitten Kitchen recommends Italian Prune Plums which are also known as Empress Plums but I’ve never seen them here, unless they are cunningly …