Last week I was having a conversation with a lady at work about cakes and she told me about one I had never heard of, so of course I had to research. The cake she mentioned was a plum buckle cake. Through my studies I learned that traditionally the buckle cake is made from blueberries. It gets it name because you drop the fruit into the batter and as it bakes the cake buckles around the fruit.
I decided to switch it up a little for the bake sale at Sidecar For Pigs Peace in honor of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. I was making individual layered cakes, so I decided to add frosting to the cakes. Also in a few of the recipes I read they added a crumbly topping to the top. I was thinking it would be like the top of a crisp but it melted into the batter. When I make the plumb buckle cake today I am going to play around with that a little more and get back to you. As is, it tasted delicious, just not what I was going for.
*One of the cakes broke while being removed from the pan so I had to eat it. This cake is excellent without the added frosting. If you opt to go without frosting I would recommend serving it as a single layered cake.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup almond milk (soy milk may also be used)
1 cup oil (sunflower or olive)
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
12 oz frozen blueberries (defrosted)
Brown Sugar Top
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Vegan Butter
3 tbsp flour
2 tsp Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease three 9″ round cake pans.
In a large bowl mix flour, salt baking soda & powder, and egg replacer. In a separate bowl mix sugar, almond milk, oil, applesauce and lemon juice, and lemon zest. Slowly mix sugar mixture into flour mixture and stir until well blended. Pour batter evenly into the three pans. Tap bottom of pans to get air bubbles to the top. Drop 1/3 blueberries over the top of each one. You don’t want the blueberries to cover the entire cake.
Mix together in a separate bowl the ingredients for the brown sugar crumble top using a fork so it becomes crumbly. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the cake in spots that are bare of blueberries.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Cake will pull away from side when done. When done let sit for approximately 5 minutes or until cool enough to touch pans with bare hands. Flip onto cooling rack. Carefully, Flip back over so blueberries are on top. Cool completely before assembling.
1 8oz packages Tofutti Cream Cheese
1 Cup vegan butter
juice of one lemon
1 cup Organic powdered sugar
With an electric mixer, blend cream cheese and butter. Add Lemon juice. Blend well. Slowly add in powdered sugar (it will be less clumpy if you use a sifter.)
Put the first layer on serving plate. Cover with one-third icing. Repeat. You may completely cover top layer or do it decoratively.