The German phrase “Kaffee und Kuchen” refers to a sort of afternoon coffee break when folks get together to share some cake and good conversation. This plum cake, bursting with flavor from the fresh plums, was contributed by an Almanac reader and passed down through her family.
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Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a bowl, cream together sugar and butter.
In another bowl, sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Combine with butter mixture. Reserve ⅓ cup of mixture.
Press remaining batter evenly into bottom and about 1 inch up sides of a 10-inch pie plate or 8x8-inch baking pan. Arrange plums, rounded side up, in a single layer on batter. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake for 15 minutes.
In a separate bowl, beat egg and stir in cream. Pour over plums. Bake for 30 minutes more, or until custard is set. Serve at room temperature.