Ingredients for Iny's Prune Cake with Buttermilk Icing:
Butter for greasing the pan
1 C. prunes (I used pitted, it's easier.)
1 1/2 C. flour
1 t. soda
1 t. allspice
1 t. cinnamon (I use Vietnamese)
1 t. nutmeg (I use slightly less if grated fresh from the pod, it's usually a bit stronger.)
1 C. canola oil
1 C. sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 eggs (large)
1 C. buttermilk
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/2 stick (1/4 C.) butter
1 T. light corn syrup
1/2 t. soda
1/2 t. vanilla
The cake: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. and butter well a 9" x 13" baking dish. ( I got to use the brand new red one I got for Christmas! Added bonus!)
Put the prunes into a small saucepan and cover them with water. Bring them to a low boil and cook them for about 8 minutes until they are soft and mash-able. Drain them and place the soft prunes on a plate. Mash them with a spoon, it is OK to leave some chunks. Set aside and start the cake batter as follows.
Sift together the flower, soda, and spices. Mmmmm.........smells heavenly.
Using the mixing bowl combine the oil, sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well. Add in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk mixing until well combined. If you are hand mixing the batter may be slightly lumpy. Secretly stir in the mashed prunes so your family is unaware of the magic secret ingredient you are adding. What they don't know won't hurt them in this instance.
Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake 35-40 minutes. Do not over bake the cake.
When the cake has about 5 more minutes to bake, make the icing. (I set the timer for the cake to go off 5 minutes early to alert me and then set it to bake an additional 5 minutes.)
Pull the cake out of the oven and note it smells absolutely wonderful!
While the cake is very warm pour the icing evenly over the top. Work quickly as it will start to soak into the cake. Spread the icing evenly with your spatula....do yourself a favor when finished, lick the spatula! You will smile. Serve warm or at room temperature. It can sit on the counter, it only gets better.
Note, if you do not have buttermilk add 1 T. vinegar to 1 cup milk and stir.