Published on 13 March 2020 at 12:12

A  gorgeous moist upside down cake with soft plums, vanilla, cardamom and lime zest

Made by Xenophilius Lovegood

This recipe is:

  • Vegan
  • Easy to make
  • One bowl method
  • Moist
  • Delicious

Yield: 8-10 servings



7 plums (not too overripe)
1/2 tbsp coconut sugar (raw)

1 cup of coconut milk, not from a can (you can use any plant milk you like)
juice of half a lime + zest the whole lime
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup + 1/4 cup of self raising flour
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 cup sunflower oil or mild olive oil
3 tsp applesauce
1 cup of coconut sugar (raw)

garnish: 3 passionfruits, crushed almonds and mint leaves


Extra Equipment: 20 cm  round baking tin)

magical method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Grease the baking tin with vegan butter/margarine
  3. Half the plums and destone them
  4. Lay them on the bottom of the baking tin with the cut side down. 
  5. Sprinkle over 1/2 tbsp of raw coconut sugar and set aside.
  6. Now you can make the batter. Very easy! Start by adding your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  7. In a seperate bowl add the milk, lime juice and vanilla extract. Wait ten minutes and you have vegan buttermilk. 
  8. Make a well in the centre of the bowl with the dry ingredients and pour in the 'buttermilk', oil, applesauce and the zest of a lime.
  9. Mix until combined, do not overmix. 
  10. Pour the batter over the plums and shake the baking tin so everything is well coated. 
  11. This cake is very moist. In my oven it took me 45 min to cook.  {40-45 minutes.}
  12. Let the cake completely cool. This cake is very fragile because of the heavy plums so be careful while tipping it out of the tin.
  13. Garnish with passionfruit, almonds and mint. 

enjoy the magic

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