Went to farmers market in the next town and bought fresh plums to make a plum cake. I let the plums sit on my counter for a few days until they ripen, not too ripe but not hard. You'll need the following:
7 purple plums, sliced into eighths
Grated lemon rind from 1 lemon
1/2 cup brown sugar+1 TBS for topping
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves, divided
1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
3 large eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp good vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350⁰. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Whisk to combine.
In large bowl, place unsalted butter, sugars and carefully mix on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time. Blend until combined.
Add flour mixture a little at a time till completely incorporated. Add the vanilla. Set aside.
Slice up plums, add remaining cloves and cinnamon and 1 TBS of brown sugar. Add lemon rind. Toss to combine.
Butter an 8 or 9 inch spring pan and cover bottom with parchment paper. Spread entire surface with the prepared mixture.
Circle the slices of prepared plums using them all up. Make a pretty design, you know what to do.
Bake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.
Serve after letting it cool off. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or just plain.
It's not a very sweet cake.
Note* I used a 10 inch heavy pan.