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Plum Cake is a simple fruit dessert recipe! A homemade cake flavored with stone fruit and almonds. A great Christmas dessert tradition made with no alcohol.
Top view of a Plum Cake in a white pie dish on a towel with whole plums next to it

This decadent Plum Cake is an amazing dessert recipe perfect for winter, Christmas, and a dinner party. Inspired by the famous New York Times recipe, this cake is full of jammy flavors in a comforting cake.

Top view of a Plum Cake in a white pie dish on a towel with whole plums next to it

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This Plum Cake was a huge hit at a dinner party and it was so easy to make!

The cooked plums on top bring an amazing jammy, sweet flavor to the cake.

It is an incredibly easy cake to make and very forgiving!

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need or Plum Cake:

  • Flour
  • Almond Flour (or Cornstarch)
  • Eggs
  • Plums
  • Lemon
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Slivered (or Chopped) Almonds
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
All ingredients labeled and on a counter

Equipment

  • Pie Dish (or 9 inch cake pan)
  • Stand Mixer (or hand mixer and large bowl)
  • Spatula
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

Instruction Overview

Prepare your plums by cutting them and mixing with lemon juice and cinnamon. Set aside.

The plums cut in a bowl mixed with cinnamon

In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and lemon zest.

Add the eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla extract.

Slowly add the flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined.

Fold in the slivered almonds.

A spatula folding almonds into the batter

Scoop the batter into a greased pie dish.

Place the plums on top in a circular pattern (or any pattern as desired). Do not press them too much into the batter, as the batter will rise around them and you do not want them to sink.

Plums starting to be arranged around the edge of the batter in the pie dish

Bake until cooked through, approximately 45-55 minutes.

Modifications and Substitutions

Almond flour brings a great flavor to the batter, but a great swap is cornmeal. Cornmeal has the same nuttiness in a slightly different taste, but also brings a little more texture to the cake.

Any type of plum will work great. You could also use other stone fruits or berries.

This plum cake uses fresh plums, but variations use prunes (dried plums) soaked in liquor. If desired, you can soak prunes in whiskey, brandy, or dark rum and use on top.

A slice of Plum Cake on a white plate

Kim’s Tips

Cutting the wedges of plum for the top means more of that jammy flavor! You can cut them thinner if desired into 8ths.

Make extra fruit to serve fresh on top.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream!

FAQs

Why do we eat plum cake on Christmas?

Plum cakes are very different today than they used to be. They originally were more of a porridge and eaten before the Christmas meal to prepare the stomach.

Which plums are best for baking?

Any type of plum you like will work just fine. I like to use red or black fleshed plums for their rich flavor and great color.

Do you peel plums before baking?

There is no need to peel the plums. They will become soft and also give the cake a great color.

What is the easiest way to peel plums?

If you do want to peel your plums, I like to use a vegetable peeler.

A Plum Cake in a white pie dish with plums next to it
Pin of an entire Plum Cake from the top view in a white pie dish with title at top
Top view of a Plum Cake in a white pie dish on a towel with whole plums next to it

Plum Cake

Plum Cake is a simple fruit dessert recipe! A homemade cake flavored with stone fruit and almonds. A great Christmas dessert tradition made with no alcohol.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Christmas
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 332kcal

Equipment

  • Stand mixer or large bowl and hand mixer
  • Juicer
  • Zester
  • Pie dish 9 inches, or round cake pan same size

Ingredients

Instructions

Prepare Plums

  • Cut the plums into sixths, removing the pits.
    (Cut in half, and then hut each half into 3 wedges).
    2 pounds plums
  • Zest the lemon and set the zest aside for later.
    1 lemon
  • Toss the plum pieces with the juice of 1 lemon and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
    2 pounds plums, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 lemon

Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a stand mixer (or large bowl with hand mixer), use the paddle attachment on medium speed to beat together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and lemon zest.
    ½ cup unsalted butter, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 lemon
  • Add the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.
    2 large eggs
  • Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Slowly mix in the flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined.
    ⅔ cup all purpose flour, ⅓ cup almond flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, pinch salt
  • Fold in the slivered almonds.
    ½ cup slivered almonds
  • Pour the batter into a pie dish that has been prepped with non-stick spray.
  • Arrange the plum pieces in a circle around the outside edge, touching, and then repeat for the inner circle.
    Do not press them down as the batter will rise up around them.
  • Bake until the cake is cooked through, approximately 45-55 minutes.

Notes

Instead of almond flour, you can use cornmeal for great texture or more all-purpose flour.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 817IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
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By on November 3rd, 2022

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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