I made this at the weekend and I have to say it was well worth the effort. In fact it wasn't difficult or involved at all.
250gr cream cheese at room temperature
1tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup (55gr) caster sugar
175gr softened unsalted butter
175gr brown sugar
200gr self-raising flour-sifted
400gr plums, sliced with stones removes
Icing sugar to dust
Preheat oven to 180 c and grease and line a 24x24 cake pan or 28x18 lamington tray.In a mixing bowl add cream cheese, caster sugar, vanilla and 1 eggs and beat 2 to 3 minutes until smooth
Place butter, brown sugar, flour and the other 3 eggs in a clean bowl and beat until creamy.
Spread half the flour mixture in the bottom of the cake pan, then half the cream cheese mix and swirl it around a little so they meld together, then top with half the plums.
Repeat that process with the flour mix, cream cheese mix and plums and bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until golden and cooked in the middle.
This is not only a great cake for afternoon tea but also a great dessert cake/slice. Valli included a white chocolate custard with this, but that doesn't do it for me to be honest, a little too sweet, so I went with cream and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
When baking this I put it in for 40 minutes then tested it with a skewer...it needed the 45 minutes.