So my friends were hosting a Chinese night, and as is now customary, I was tasked with baking a themed bundt. After several horrific suggestions from the group (including sweet and sour and prawn cracker flavours), I decided on plum and ginger. It's still Chinese inspired, but not rank! Fish flavoured cakes are out.
The addition of a jam layer ensures a very moist cake, which is sweet and spicy in equal measure. I can highly recommend ditching the lychee vodka and plum wine which may have been thrust into your hand, and replacing it with a nice cup of tea. I found this combination particularly pleasing at 2am. There ain't no party like a 'cup of tea and a bundt' party...
- 225g butter
- 450g golden caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 350g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tap ground ginger
- 250ml plain yoghurt
- About 6 tbsp plum jam
- Preheat the oven to gas 3/160 c
- Prepare a regular sized bundt tin - 2.4l, 10 cup, 10 inch with Cake Release spray and dust with flour.
- Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add the extract.
- In a separate bowl, measure out the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ginger.
- Pour the yoghurt into a jug.
- Sift in a third of the flour mix followed by half the yoghurt.
- Repeat this until everything is combined.
- Give everything a quick mix on a low speed for about 10 seconds.
- Remove a heaped teaspoon of the batter and mix with the plum jam. Note: this jam is quite loose therefore needs a little help with texture. The batter will stop it sinking.
- Pour half the mix into your prepared tin.
- Smear over the jam mix- you want a thin, even layer.
- Cover with the rest of the batter.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave the cake to cool for ten minutes before removing from the tin.
- When fully cool, decorate to your heart's content. Mine just so happens to be Chinese themed, but this is obviously not essential!
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