Plum and citrus baby cakes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Our part of Australia has just endured one of the hottest January weeks on record - even for mid-summer, 40 degrees+ for 4 days and nights is unusual… clearly not the weather for anything other than sitting about moaning and eating watermelon and icy poles. Mercifully the heatwave has now ended; so it's safe to venture back into the kitchen and remember where the oven is…first on the list are these delightful little cakes filled with summer's bounty and iced with the tang of citrus buttercream.

This uncomplicated recipe allows the fruit to be the star, the slight tartness of the plums contrasting perfectly with the sweet and sour flavours of the frosting.  Even though the heat has dissipated for now, the fruit in this batter may ferment if left too long in a warm space, therefore, in the unlikely event that you need to store these little jewelled treasures, the refrigerator is the best place.  

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