Tuesday, 24 March 2009

TWD: Plum Crumb Cake


After a two-week absence from TWD, I'm glad to be able to take part again this week! I'll have no excuse to miss this event for the next few months because I'm now back in my home in SA and this is where I have my complete set of baking utensils!

The recipe chosen for this week is blueberry crumb cake. I knew that blueberry is not available in SA, as I've tried searching for both fresh and frozen ones for another recipe before. So I replaced the blueberry with some red and yellow plums.

The recipe is rather straightforward and simple enough for me, because it is similar to the coffee cake that I've baked many times before. So the preparation process was a breeze. When the cake was in the oven, the aroma wafting the whole house was heavenly!

I always use cake pan with removable bottom to bake coffee cake, but since Dorie suggested pyrex pan, I gave it a try and see how it went. It turned out to be a bad move. The cake was rather crumbly and it's definitely not easy to get it out from the pyrex pan. Perhaps the pan was not sufficiently greased, the bottom of the cake stuck to the pan when I tried to slide the whole cake out.

Knowing that I would not be able to get the cake out in one piece, I cut the cake into four slices, then peeled the bottoms off the pan carefully and lifted the slices out one by one. But the cake still fell apart when placed on the wooden plate. I have no choice but to assemble the fallen crumbs by inserting toothpicks from the sides of the cake, so that it would still look good in pictures. ;-)

Anyway, the cake was moist and flavorful, and what I like most is the the crunchy streusel! If you want to give the recipe a try, head over to Sihan's blog!

24 Comments:

TeaLady said...

Looks delicious. Great sub with the plums. I cannot wait to try this one.

Y said...

I wonder why it was so crumbly? I guess they don't call it crumb cake for nothin'! ;P It looks fab, by the way. The crunchy topping would've been my favourite bit too.

pinkstripes said...

Your cake looks wonderful. you can't tell you had sticking issues. This was a great recipe. We loved it.

Engineer Baker said...

Sneaky sneaky! Your photos still turned out wonderfully. Love the use of plums!

edith said...

I just bought prunes and hoping to bake the last challenge you done.

Toothprick? Where? This looks perfect and good to eat.

Helene said...

First time I see that cake. Looks like a winner to me.

Jules Someone said...

Looks lovely even if it was a bit crumbly. I'm glad to know it works with other fruits.

Isabelle said...

avec des prunes, ça devait être fabuleux aussi ! certain que ça sentait bon à la cuisson.
C'est superbe :)

Leslie said...

This looks perfect! No way anyone could tell you had problems with sticking or crumbling (I had crumbling but I think it was because we jumped in before it cooled).

Amanda said...

Looks wonderful! We really enjoyed this crumb cake too :)

vibi said...

Oh! Blueberry... shmooberry! It must have been just as delicious with plums! ...it is very, very nice looking anyways! Bravo Piggy!

chocolatechic said...

Looks fabulous.

spike. said...

plums sound like a great substitute!

Karen said...

The plums sound really nice. Just grab spoon and scoop up the topping - don't let it go to waste!

Snooky doodle said...

still looks nice. And after all its a crumble cake so its supposed to be crumbly :)

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cake looks lovely even if it was crumbly!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

haha--what we do for a good photo, right? looks wonderful anyway, and glad it was tasty!

Erin said...

Your cake looks great! I couldn't even tell that you had issues with it! Beautiful pictures too.

Karen said...

Beautiful photo! Glad you could make this even though you couldn't find blueberries.

Sharon said...

Sorry you had trouble with the cake. It still looks great.

Maya said...

Great for breakfast!

kimberly salem said...

wow, you are food styling master! :) the cake looks gorgeous, i would never have known it was falling apart!

Tracey said...

Your cake looks awesome. I never would have guessed it gave you trouble!

mangomissives said...

Even if the cake did give you troubel you can't tell from the fantastic styling and photography. I am in awe!