Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Plum Cake

Our plum tree decided to go on a sabbatical this year, but when I saw the plums at the fruit stand yesterday, I had to get some and make this cake I hadn't made for along time. If I remember correctly, I got the recipe from a small magazine that came free to our house regularly years ago. I think it was called Homemakers. I also did something dumb and accidentally deleted all my pictures on the camera, so the ones that I took in the process are gone. Luckily the cake wasn’t gone yet when I did this!

1/2 c brown sugar
4 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c butter or margarine

¾ c sugar
½ c butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ c flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ c milk
about 8 Italian plums

¾ c icing sugar
1 Tbsp milk
½ tsp almond extract

Topping: in small bowl, stir together sugar, flour and cinnamon. With pastry blender cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
Cake: In large bowl, beat sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time and vanilla. Add combined dry ingredients alternately with milk. Spread batter into greased and floured 10 inch springform pan. Arrange plums, cut side up, on top of batter.
Sprinkle evenly with topping.
Bake at 350 F. about 50 min, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 min. Remove rim of pan. Mix glaze and drizzle over cake.
(If you line the greased pan with wax paper and grease again, you can slide the cake onto a serving plate. Otherwise just leave the cake on the plate of the baking pan and place that on a serving plate once it’s cooled.)


  1. I was just flipping through recipes to take something sweet to a mutual friend of ours who is caring for aging parents. This will be my choice as my neighbour just brought be a bag of fresh plums yesterday. Looks good. Kathy

  2. I am definitely trying this for the weekend! Looks great and I bet it tastes great too!

  3. I love Italian prunes...and this cake looks scrumptious. I'm off to pick some plums in my daughter's backyard.

  4. I just love prune plums for baking. Their flavour is unmatched.
    I just bought some plums at a fruit stand too and well .. .I think I'll pop this in the oven. .

  5. Plum season is here! Another plum recipe for me to try..looks great!

  6. anything plum,yum. i will have to try this out for friday...thanks for another good one.

  7. I love anything with plums, Thanks,great recipe and photo.

  8. The first recipe this year I never got to taste, but when I made it again, I realized that the drizzle makes it quite sweet. If you're sensitive to that, go easy on it and maybe cut down the sugar in the cake to 1/2 cup. Just an afterthought.

  9. Looks so good! Tastes even better!