Plum cake Recipe

The term “plum cake” describes a wide variety of cakes made with either fresh fruit or dried fruit. There are many widely consumed plum cakes and puddings. The primary components of Plum cake are fruit such as currants, raisins, or prunes and cake batter.

Plum cake

Plum cake Recipe

Serve this hearty fruit sponge with a dollop of something creamy—raspberries would work well in place of the plums.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 24 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 252 kcal


  • butter , for greasing
  • 2 tbsp  demerara sugar
  • 500 g plum

For the cake

  • 175 g  butter
  • 175 g dark muscovado sugar
  • 140 g  golden syrup
  • pic eggs, beaten
  • 200 ml  milk
  • 300 g  self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp  bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp  ground ginger
  • 1 tsp  mixed spice


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Line the bottom of a 23cm square cake tin with baking parchment. Butter the parchment paper liberally and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Cut the plums in half and arrange in a single layer in the bottom of the tin, cut sides down.
  • Melt the butter, muscovado sugar, and syrup in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding the eggs and milk. Mix in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and spices until the batter is smooth.
  • Pour the batter over the plums in the baking dish and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate for up to 5 days, wrapped in baking parchment and foil.


Nutrition Information:
  • fat 11g
  • saturates 6g
  • carbs 36g
  • sugars 24g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 3g
  • salt 0.5g
Keyword Plum cake

Final Thought:

The term “plum cake” refers to a wide variety of cakes made with either fresh fruit or dried fruit (such currants, raisins, or prunes). There are many widely consumed plum cakes and puddings. Many products that were were known as plum cakes and were popular in England since at least the eighteenth century but are now known as fruitcake because the definition of the term “plum” has changed over time. On the European continent, there are English plum cakes as well, however the ingredients and consistency may vary. The dried fruit form of cake was introduced by settlers in British colonies, therefore it was served, for instance, in India around the Christmas holiday season and in the American colonies.

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