Plum-Almond Ricotta Cake

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“A party without cake is really just a meeting.”  Julia Childs

This easy but elegant cake has it all: it is gorgeous, moist, gluten free, not too sweet and topped with ripe, plump plums. The ground almonds and almond paste marry well with the fruit while the orange zest and juice adds a bright note to the ricotta, a perfect pairing of flavors. The almond meal gives the cake some toothy texture and plenty of healthy protein so you can eat it without guilt. A sprinkling of sliced almonds adds crunch and another layer of almond flavor. This is a lovely, gluten free cake that is delicious for brunch or as a special dessert.  Substitute peaches, nectarines or figs instead of the plums. Almost too pretty to eat.  Almost.

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