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Spice Cake Recipe – Five Spice Plum Cake

Spice Cake Recipe - Five Spice Plum Cake

Photo: Hungry Rabbit

This Five Spice Plum Cake is an inspired spice cake recipe.

There are three elements to this cake which all come together to make for one unforgettably delicious cake.

First there is the gorgeous cake that is gently spiced with five-spice powder
, cinnamon
, ginger and vanilla. Then there is the layer of roasted plum filling.

The roasted plum filling is so good you’ll have trouble not eating it before you assemble the cake.

And cover all this deliciousness with an extraordinary icing. You can tell the icing is a little different just by looking at the list of ingredients. There’s quite a lot in this icing and the result is wonderful.

Takes a bit of time to pull it all together but it is really worth the effort.

The spice cake recipe legend behind this Five Spice Plum Cake is Hungry Rabbit. Such a clever bunny.

Five Spice Plum Cake
For the Cake:
  • ¾ cup blackberry jam, seedless
  • ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ teaspoon five-spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 10 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cups (about 4-5/8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
For the Five-Spice Plum Icing:
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup (1-1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon five-spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, freshly grated
  • Reserved plum syrup from roasted plums
  • ¼ cup
 unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
For the Roasted Plum Filling:
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and still warm
  • 4 medium size black plums, pitted and cut into eight wedges
  1. For the full recipe go here: Five Spice Plum Cake.

Happy baking!

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