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**Sylvia Plath | Fig and Plum Torte**
Maria K. from her blog moonshineandlemon.blogspot.com describes her cake in the following way:
"Not wishing to choose between figs and plums, I decided to use both in this heavenly combination of two fruit; more fig than plum, more torte than cake."
Today’s cake is not exactly a cake Sylvia Plath made, but it is one she could have made, because figs and plums were always present in her writing. The most prominent examples are of course the fig tree portrayed in The Bell Jar ("I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree…") or one of her earlier poems published in November 1950 in Seventeen magazine with the title "Ode to a Bitten Plum".
In her Letters Home Sylvia mentions seeing fig- and plum-trees. And in her Unabridged Journals she writes on 6 March 1956:
"I was thinking of the few times in my life I have felt I was all alive, tensed, using everything in me: mind and body, instead of giving away little crumbs, lest the audience be glutted with too much plum-cake."
Apart from this, there are are many poems in Sylvia Plath’s “The Collected Poems" that contain images of figs and plums:
Counting the red stars and those of plum-color.
"The Zookeeper’s Wife"
Blueblack, a spectacular plum fruit.
"Nick and the Candlestick"
They weld to me like plums.
While like an early summer plum,
Puny, green, and tart,
Droops upon its wizened stem
My lean, unripened heart.
These goatish tragedians who
Hawk misfortune like figs and chickens
The figs on the fig tree in the yard are green;
Sun grains their crow-colors,
Purples the fig in the leaf’s shadow, turns the dust pink.
So, here you go… The Fig and Plum Torte, which could also be called The Bell Jar Cake! ;)