Growing up, I would spend part of every summer in Rhode Island where my grandparents lived. A plum torte was a staple dessert made by my grandfather, and it always felt like the perfect end to any meal. It has been one of my favorite desserts since I can remember. However, before creating this recipe, I don’t remember the last time I ate one. I was feeling nostalgic and craving something sweet, so I decided to create this vegan plum torte recipe.
Although this plum torte is completely dairy and egg-free, you wouldn’t even know it. The slightly tart plums soak into the buttery, sweet cake for a delightful flavor combination. I felt like I was back in Rhode Island as a kid when I took the first bite. This recipe means a lot to me. Not did it turn out delicious, but it’s a part of my history that is now my present and future. I am looking forward to having this be one of my staple dessert recipes when I have guests over, just like my grandparents.
Vegan Plum Torte
- 6 tablespoons vegan butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling
- Replacer for 1 egg (I used the Vegan Egg)
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 Plums, cut in half lengthwise and de-pitted
- Note: Cut one of the plums in quarters lengthwise
- Ground cinnamon, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 inch circular baking dish.
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat vegan butter and 1 cup sugar with an electric mixer. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in the vegan egg, soy milk, and vanilla.
- Reduce the speed to low; gradually add in the flour mixture. Transfer the batter to the greased baking dish.
- Arrange the plum halves in a circle around the outer edge, on top of the batter. Next, place the quartered plum in the middle of the torte. Lightly press each plum into the batter. Then sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly on the top of the batter with the arranged plums.
- Bake the vegan plum torte for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake until the cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour.
- Let the cake sit for at least 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.