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Plum Cake

A cake moist, buttery and filled with plums that is very easy to make, and you can have ready in under 20 minutes. Easy baking spring recipe.

Belula September 21, 2016 September 09, 2020
Overhead shot of the baked plum cake on a plate

One day I found myself with my fridge full of plums, so I went on a quest to find the perfect plum cake to put them to good use. There so much plum jam one can eat? This is what I came up with! I can tell you for sure that this plum torte is delicious, easy and you can make it in under 20 minutes. Perfect spring baking material.

45° shot of a baked plum cake
45° shot of the plum cake ready for the oven

How to make Plum Cake

This is an easy plum cake to make. It's very straightforward.

First off: prepare a 20 cm round cake pan. I line the mold with parchment paper. This was it will be a lot easier to unmold your cake. You can also butter and sugar your mold if that's your preference. If you have a springform cake mold, this is the way to go!

Secondly, halve the plums and remove the pits (you can also slice them as shown in the photos). Cream the sugar and the butter together using a whisk (or electric mixer if you have one) until the mixture has changed to a lighter color.

Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined. Don't worry if when you add the eggs it looks like the batter breaks apart, just keep whisking and it will come together just fine. Add the dry ingredients (salt, flour and baking powder) in two times and mix until well combined. Then you should transfer the batter onto your mold and spread it evenly using an off-set spatula (if you have one) or the back of a spoon.

Cover the batter with the previously halved and thinly sliced plums. You should put them with the skin side up. Don't be afraid to fill your mold with plums. The more the merrier. I didn't do this the first time I made this plum cake and the batter rose in the oven and covered the plums... so not that pretty to look at. Still good though.

Also, if you have too much batter in proportion to your mold size the same will happen. If you have a smaller mold than the one I suggest here (22/24 cm) I suggest you halve the recipe or make 2 smaller cakes.

Sprinkle the top with brown sugar.

Overhead shot of the pan cake filled with cake batter surrounded by fresh plums
Overhead shot of the cake pan filled with the cake batter topped with some of the plums
Overhead shot of the cake pan filled with the cake batter topped with red plums
A hand sprinkling brown sugar over the plum cake

Baking the Plum Cake

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius until golden brown. About 40 minutes.

But as I always say each oven is different so don't trust the timer, always check before! You can do this by inserting a knife or a toothpick or a skewer at the center of the cake (make sure to avoid the plums). If it comes out dry, then the plum torte is ready.

Overhead shot of the baked plum cake on a plate

Plums or purple plums

You can use either purple plums or regular ones to make this plum cake. If you use the latter make sure you choose smaller size plums.

90° shot of 2 hands holding a bowl with fresh plums
Overhead shot of sliced plums on a wooden chopping board

How long does the plum cake keep for?

This plum cake is even better as the days go by! It keeps perfectly for 4 to 5 days. If you manage to make it last that long!

Can Plum Cake be frozen?

This plum cake is better eaten fresh. I do not recommend freezing it. This plum cake is so easy and fast to make it's not worth it.

45° shot of a slice of plum cake on a plate
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition: 252 cal
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • All-purpose Flour 125 g
  • Baking Powder 5 g
  • Salt 1 pinch
  • Sugar 180 g
  • Butter 115 g
  • Eggs 2
  • Purple Plums 12
  • Brown Sugar 20 g

Procedure

  • 1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Butter and cover with sugar a 20 cm round cake pan.
  • 2. Halve the plums and remove the pits.
  • 3. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.
  • 4. Cream the sugar and the butter together using a whisk (or electric mixer if you have one) until the mixture has changed to a lighter color.
  • 5. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  • 6. Add the dry ingredients in two times and mix until well combined.
  • 7. Transfer the batter onto your mold and spread it evenly.
  • 8. Place the halved plums skin side up on top of the cake batter pressing them in gently.
  • 9. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar.
  • 10. Bake until golden brown. About 40 minutes.
  • 11. Let it cool at room temperature on a wire rack.
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4 Comments
Becky Joplin November 05, 2016

Thanks for sharing this recipe Belen! I've made it twice in the last few weeks and it was a big hit both times!

Belén Gowland
Belula November 07, 2016

Hi Becky!! You have no idea how happy this makes me :) Thank you for making the cake!! Un beso!

Olivia April 29, 2020

Tastes delicious and easy to make. Will be making this again for Mother’s Day.

Belén Gowland
Belula April 29, 2020

Hi Olivia!! Im so happy you like this cake!! I love it so much!.cant Walt for pluma.season yo get here :) Great idea for Mother's day ??

Carly Williams May 16, 2020

This recipe is divine! I used an 825gram tin of whole plums and it turned out beautiful, I can’t wait until plums are back in season in Australia and I will give it another try with the fresh ones. Everyone was eyeing the last piece. Thank you!

Belén Gowland
Belula May 22, 2020

Hi Carly! So good to know it works with canned plums!!! So happy you liked the recipe! You made my day :) I am desperately awaiting plum season to make this cake! a favorite at our house!! Have a beautiful weekend !

Rosetta July 29, 2020

Love this recipe. I've made it several times. Each time I've made it I've been asked for the recipe so I refer them to your link. I can't wait for plum season in Australia so I can make it again.

Belén Gowland
Belula July 30, 2020

Hi Rosetta! So glad to hear you loved the plum cake ?? ? i am anxiously waiting for.puprple plums over here too (my guy said mid August! So fingers crossed:)
Thank you for your message :)

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