How to Make Plum Cake Recipes

I always wanted to learn how to make plum cake recipes once I saw this fruit available in the supermarkets. Plums can be purchased several ways to use in different cakes. Fresh chopped or sliced plums are often used in the fresh cake recipes. Other recipes might ask for the plum baby food, plum preserves, cooked plums or dried plums (prunes). 

For me to learn how to make plum cake recipes it required me using good fresh plums so I was thinking.  This is where I have a problem!  In recent years I have not been able to purchase good tasting plums. It must be that they are not grown locally and they never seem to soften up and acquire a good taste. 

Most of the plums in the world are grown in China by far surpassing any other country. The United Sates falls in at number six in the production.  Even the ones grown here in the United States are many miles away. For this reason they would have to be picked at an unripe stage to stay good long enough for sale. I believe this is the main reason the plums always remain hard and unflavorful.

If you want to learn how to make plum cake recipes, I suggest that you replace the fresh ones with the canned plums UNLESS you have access to local grown ones. I have found that you can cook these plums and achieve a descent flavor and texture to add to cakes and other desserts. The canned plums, baby food and preserves do work well to flavor those cakes.


how to make a plum cake recipeHow to Make Fresh Plum Cake

This is a very moist cake recipe but is less sweet than most Americans like cake to be. It is a British recipe and like many they simply dust cakes with powdered sugar to add sweetness. For a little more sweetness a glaze might` be added. The texture is great!

  • 4 Ounces softened cream cheese
  • ½ Cup sour cream
  • 4 Large eggs separated
  • ¾ Cup sugar divided
  • 3 Tablespoons brandy
  • ¼ Teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 ½ Cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ Pounds plums cut into thin wedges
  • Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; grease, line, grease and flour 9 inch spring form pan.

Sift cake flour with baking powder and set aside.

Beat cream cheese until fluffy; beat in sour cream.

In another bowl beat egg yolks on medium speed; gradually add sugar and continue the beating.

Add egg mixture to cream cheese mixture beating until blended; beat in brandy.

Add flour mixture and beat on low speed just to blend.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until foamy.

Gradually add remaining ¼ cup of sugar to whites; beat until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold egg whites into batter; pour into prepared spring form pan.

Arrange plum wedges on top of the batter; bake for 45 minutes.

Cool 5 minutes on rack; remove sides of pan and dust with powdered sugar.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

piece of fresh plum cake recipePiece of Fresh Plum Cake


  • 3 Cups pitted and quartered plums
  • 1 2/3 Cups sugar divided
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon orange rind
  • ½ Cup orange juice
  • ½ Cup water
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cups sifted flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup milk
  • Sweetened whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Arrange plums skin side down in a 9 inch square baking pan.

In a small saucepan combine 1 cup sugar and cornstarch; stir in orange rind, orange juice and water.

Cook mixture over medium heat stirring until thickened; cook 2 additional minutes.

Pour thickened mixture over the plums.

In mixing bowl cream butter; gradually add 2/.3 cup sugar and beat until fluffy.

Beat egg in creamed mixture.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.

Carefully spoon batter mixture over top of plums in pan; spread to cover.

Bake for 45 minutes; cool in pan 5 minutes and invert onto serving plate.

Serve with whipped cream.


baby food plum cake recipeBaby Food Plum Cake

This is a very moist plum cake recipe.

  • 2 Cups sifted flour
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1 Cup cooking oil
  • 3 Beaten eggs
  • 2 Small jars strained plum baby food
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; grease and flour tube pan.

Measure and sift together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.

Beat together sugar and oil; add beaten eggs and beat until thick and creamy.

Add oil sugar mixture to dry ingredients; add baby food and vanilla.

Beat until well blended; blend in nuts.

Pour batter into prepared pan; bake60 to 70 minutes or until pick comes out clean.

Cool in pan 10 minutes and remove to plate; mix glaze and spoon over warm cake.

GLAZE: Mix 1 cup powdered sugar with juice of 1 lemon until smooth.

baby food plum cake recipeBaby Food Plum Cake


  • 2 ½ Cups flour
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup sugar divided
  • ½ Cup shortening
  • ¾ Cup milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons fine bread crumbs
  • 2 Cans (20 ounces each) canned whole purple plums drained and pitted (Cut in halves)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter cut into pieces
  • ¼ Teaspoon cloves

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; grease 9X13 inch cake pan and coat with bread crumbs.

Sift together in large bowl flour, salt, baking powder and ¾ cup sugar.

Add shortening, milk and eggs to dry mixture; beat on medium speed about 4 minutes.

Turn batter into prepared baking pan; place plums on top pushing one side of each half ¼ inch in batter.

Dot top with butter; combine ¼ cup sugar and cloves and sprinkle over top.

Bake 40 minutes; cut in squares to serve.


Some plum cake recipes are not like your typical cake. This one is actually more like a cobbler than a torte or cake. The juice bubbles up and is so delicious topped with ice cream.

  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 10 Large plums pitted and halved
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; grease 9 inch spring form pan.

Beat butter in mixing bowl on medium speed.

Gradually add the 1 cup of sugar while beating well.

Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture beating well.

Spread batter in prepared spring form pan.

Place plums cut side down on top of batter.

Combine 1 ½ teaspoon sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over top of plums.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until pick comes out clean.

Carefully remove sides of pan and serve warm; 8 servings.