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Late Summer Plum Cake

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Gently spiced, this jammy plum cake celebrates the summer-into-fall season. Serve it as a brunch cake or for dessert topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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One of the most popular (and easiest) dessert recipes on this site is Martha Stewart’s lovely fresh strawberry cake. In this variation, I replace the strawberries with fresh plums, and it works beautifully. Quartered and nestled into the batter, the plums soften into jammy, mulberry-colored pockets as they bake. I also add warm spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, to complement the fruit and celebrate the summer-into-fall season. This cake can be served any time of day, plain or topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

What you’ll need to make Plum Cake

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Step-By-Step Instructions

Begin by whisking the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt together in a large bowl.

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Next, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

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Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine.

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Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, and beat on low speed until smooth.

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Transfer the batter to a greased Springform pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Note that the batter is quite thick.

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Arrange the plums on top, skin side up, in a circular pattern so that they cover most of the batter.

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Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the plums.

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Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until golden on top and set in the center.

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When the cake is hot out of the oven, run a knife around the edges of the pan and then remove the springform edge (leave the base in place). Let the cake cool on a rack completely.

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Slice and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

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Late Summer Plum Cake

Gently spiced, this jammy plum cake celebrates the summer-into-fall season. Serve it as a brunch cake or for dessert topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Servings: 8-10
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 70 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk (low-fat is fine)
  • 1 pound plums, pitted and quartered

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Grease a 9-inch springform pan. (Alternatively, the cake may be made in a 9-inch cake pan or pie pan and served directly from the pan.)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on low speed until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, and beat on low speed until smooth. (Note: the batter will be quite thick.)
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Arrange the plums on top, skin side up, in a circular pattern so that they mostly cover the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the plums.
  5. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until golden on top and set in the center.
  6. When the cake is hot out of the oven, run a knife around the edges of the pan and then remove the springform edge, leaving the base in place (if using a springform pan). Let the cake cool on a rack completely. Slice and serve with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.
  7. Note: This cake keeps well, loosely covered at room temperature, for several days.
  8. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, double-wrap it securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in heavy-duty freezer bag. Thaw overnight on the countertop before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 344
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 54g
  • Sugar: 35g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Sodium: 231mg
  • Cholesterol: 55mg

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Comments

  • Lovely. First time I made exactly as written. Then I adapted to use with my home ec class. I halved the recipe except used the original amount of nutmeg and double the amount of cardamom. Each group made in 3 mini spring form pans. This also allowed a shorter cooking time. They were super cute and very tasty. I used prune plums off my backyard tree. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • — Leanne on October 1, 2022
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  • Jen, can I use gluten free flour??? I am guessing yes.

    • — Kate Schiff on September 24, 2022
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    • Hi Kate, I think it should be fine. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on September 26, 2022
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  • Very, very good. My oven runs on the hot side so I baked mine for 55 minutes. I thought I would bake it a little less the next time I make it but my husband says it’s perfect!
    Do you think this would work with figs?

    • — Tish on September 23, 2022
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    • So glad you like this, Tish! Yes, I do think it would work with figs.

      • — Jenn on September 28, 2022
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  • I made this yesterday and took along to a group. It was well-loved! And I really enjoyed it too! I used Greek yogurt with a bit of water, instead of the milk. What a delightful cake! Thank you!

    • — Monika on September 21, 2022
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  • I made this cake at 5000ft altitude after buying some plums at the local farmers’ market, which ripened too quickly. I made the cake by hand (no cake mixer) and scattered a handful of toasted walnuts over the cake batter before topping with my very mushy plums. I adjusted the recipe for altitude as described elsewhere on this site. The cake was just superb, delicious!! Thank you for your wonderful, never fail recipes!

    • — H on September 20, 2022
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  • Best cake ever. I can’t get enough of it. At 3 a.m. this morning I finally gave in. I baked it early evening so I thought I would wait but at 3 here I sat enjoying this delicious cake. I’m out of plums but there are apples so the next one will have apples. Every recipe I’ve made from this site has been delicious. Thank you!

    • — Maggie on September 20, 2022
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  • This cake turned out perfect. The smell as it was baking was divine. I bought a basket of blue plums and am going to make two more cakes to give to family. Excellent with a cup of tea.

    I have yet to pick a Once Upon A Chef recipe that hasn’t turned out delicious.

    • — Tracy on September 19, 2022
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