Spicy Plum Cake
2 cup pitted and quartered Italian plums, cooked until soft and cooled
1 cup Unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
3 cup Sifted flour
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ground cloves
1/2 tsp. Ground nutmeg
2 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup Unsalted butter
1/2 lb powdered sugar.
1 1/2 tbsp. Unsweetened cocoa
2 To 3 tablespoons strong, hot Coffee
3/4 tsp. vanilla
Prepare the plums and set aside.
Butter and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat until mixture is very light.
Sift flour with spices and soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with the milk.
Beat only to incorporate the ingredients.
Stir in cooked plums and walnuts.
Turn into prepared pan and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 1 hour, or until cake begins to shrink from sides of pan. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes before unmolding onto a rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
To prepare the frosting: Cream butter. Add sugar and cocoa gradually, stirring until well blended. Add salt. Stir in coffee, a little at a time. Add just enough to make the frosting a good spreading consistency. Beat until fluffy and add vanilla, then frost cake.