Simple Plum Cake

August  1, 2010
5 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

In memory of Helen. - energy —energy

Test Kitchen Notes

Simple and delicious, even better for breakfast the next day! This cake is moist, chewy, not too sweet and perfect alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The lemon zest perks it up to the point of perfection and the sugar and cinnamon sprinkled over the top adds just a touch of sweetness. - Kaitlyn —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 6 plums (variety of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (or can use all purpose)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, additional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking pan (about 8 X 8 inches). Halve plums, remove pits and dice (keep skin on). In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a stand mixer or by hand, cream the butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well, then the vanilla and lemon zest. Stir in the diced plums and then the flour mixture until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into baking pan. Bake in the centre of the oven 30-40 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Meanwhile combine the additional sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Remove cake from oven, dust with the cinnamon sugar and allow to cool. Serve as is or with custard or butterscotch sauce!
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5 Reviews

Rainy206 September 24, 2020
I love this kind of cake that is not too sweet and mostly about the taste of the fruit. I used 8 Italian prune plums (egg sized) from my garden. Next time I'm going to try adding the cinnamon to the batter and dusting with powdered sugar for a pretty looking top- which will be soon because the cake was quickly eaten up!
Frida August 17, 2015
Thank you for your quick response and adding the size of the pan.
Martha M. August 19, 2010
What size pan?
Frida August 17, 2015
Did anyone answer the question WHAT SIZE PAN?
It says baking dish in the recipe, not baking pan; what size baking dish?
Thank you.
energy August 17, 2015
Have just updated recipe, thanks