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Plum Quinoa Cake

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on August 25, 2010

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In the case of this cake, it couldn’t be truer. We had a huge bag of gorgeously ripe plums, begging to spill their juices. Mom and I were going to a food blogger potluck the next day, so I had to make something that night. We were also out of eggs. But no matter, I flipped through a couple of cookbooks until I found a recipe to change and manipulate beyond recognition. I love times like those. Everything slows down, I get into a groove and the recipe just flows. I go with my gut. It becomes comfortable yet unsure at the same time. Sure, things can go wrong, but after years of doing this, I have a fairly good idea of what works. If I get it wrong or something happens, at least I get to learn something! With this cake I didn’t have to worry though.

It came together easily. It tasted heavenly. Moist, to say the least. Everyone seemed to enjoy it at the potluck (where a lot of good food lay). In addition to a pan of cake, the recipe makes an extra little bit to taste right now. In other words? Perfect potluck material.

This potluck was delightful. The rain held out just until 3 or so, when the last of us grabbed what we had brought and darted out of there. The rain came in thick drops, trying to spoil any leftover food (I kept it safe). Vincci from Ceci n’est pas un food blog organized the whole thing, and a whole bunch of us came: Julie from Dinner with Julie, Pierre from Kitchen Scraps, Chelsey from The Crazy Kitchen, Jennifer from Chocolate & Ginger and Wendy from Clearly the Place to Eat.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays and the First Anniversary of Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

We were all oohing and ahhing over the food. And the light! Those sometimes-threatening clouds diffused the light perfectly.

Pierre made this salad, and thoughtfully placed the croutons on the side, so I could enjoy it too!

I couldn’t have these (and a handful of other things), but you see those golden watermelon-feta-basil skewers in the back? I went back for seconds of those. Yum.

Don’t get me started on this potato salad. I need to search out a boatload of garlic scapes just to make it, again and again. Possibly the best potato salad I’ve ever had. Go make some.  But, hanging out with Julie makes it all the better, so do that too.  As you may have noticed, Vincci just finished taking her photo of that salad.  We all did it.  Cameras clicking, forks tapping, conversation flowing.

These little treasures were from Chelsey. The freshest fruits marinated in champagne with a heavenly syrup and oodles of cream on top.

Here. Have some of my cake. It’s simpler than pie (but I love pie too!).

There is nothing like making delicious treats from items at the peak of their season. These plums (and peaches :) ) were bursting with flavour and juice, which made this all the more wonderful. It also helps you if you’re stuck and have a handful of just-about-over-ripe plums or peaches that you won’t be able to eat before the fruit flies get ’em. Here is a solution. Galettes are great too. Enjoy this season, because soon enough, we’ll be grabbing our winter coats and standing in boots. Or at least I will. Maybe you’re just about to get spring. If so, cherish that. The growth will be magic, I know it.


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Cathy/ShowFoodChef August 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Lauren, that looks so plum delicious! And the pics are gorgeous too. The Potluck sounds like a lot of fun. I just love your recipes!

Cookin' Canuck August 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

There is nothing like getting together with a group of food bloggers – it always makes me chuckle when everyone whips out their camera as the food is laid out. Your cake is a lovely way to use up the summer’s sweet plums. Beautiful photos!

dinners & dreams August 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

It looks amazingly moist and delicious!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Yum, it looks very tasty! Seems like a fun time :)

Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli August 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I love plums in cake. I have a quinoa post going up tomorrow, I am going to add a link to this. If that’s ok?

Lauren | Celiac Teen August 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Kristin, of course! Link away :).

Chelsey August 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Oh my gosh that cake was amazing, I am sooo glad that you posted the recipe. What an excellent reincarnation you made it to be! Can’t wait to get together and do some baking. I’m thinking maybe early October…pumpkin pie?

Linda August 26, 2010 at 7:52 am

It looks like a great potluck. I don’t think I’ve ever baked with plums, but with a big bunch of ripe ones I’m sure I’d do exactly what you did. It looks tasty!

GFree_Miel August 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

Wow, everything looks fantastic. Gatherings centered around food are the best! Everyone gets to contribute and share a favorite. I love meeting with my friends and bringing something yummy to share.

I can’t wait to try out this recipe. It looks delightful. Your pictures are so mouthwatering.

Maria August 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm

We have a plum tree that is going mad right now. I think I will have to make this over the weekend. Great recipe! Thanks!

Alta August 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Love that cake! Do you like Quinoa 365? It’s on my wish list. I love quinoa in baked goods. It’s such a distinctive taste, but it’s great. And yes, that light from those clouds really helped!

Iris August 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm

That sounds like so much fun, and what a beautiful spread on that table! Say hi to Chelsey for me next time. 😉 Must go check out those other blogs now too!

Tracey Mardon August 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Hi Lauren,
It sounded great but I didn’t have plums so used cherries from the freezer and it worked beautifully. Thanks for the thought!

Winnie August 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Yum! Love the way this cake sounds. Great photos from what looks like a great day!

Jenn/CinnamonQuill August 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Another truly gorgeous post. Impeccably written, and dotted with fantastic photographs!

Adrian September 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Your camera holds great potential, what type of lens do you use on your canon?

Lauren | Celiac Teen September 18, 2010 at 10:33 am

Adrian, 99% of the time, I use a 50 mm 1.8 lens.

Cucee Sprouts October 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Beautiful photography. Love your blog! Btw, if you have never tried making your own kefir at home, try this recipe

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