Plum Cake for Dummies

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This has got to be the easiest cake to bake on the planet.

If you have an hour, you can bake this cake.

The recipe from Martha Stewart says it makes 2 cakes.
Not a chance. It made enough batter for one 8" cake only, which was fine by me.

The baking temp was listed at 400F, but I am always leery of cakes baked at such a high temp in my hot oven, so I turned it down to 375F to be safe.

I used two lovely plums, sliced into 8 slices (pit removed) and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

This was the perfect breakfast cake. No icing, not too sweet and just right with vanilla ice cream (well, not for breakfast).

This was like a plum kuchen my grandmother used to make. Simple and nice.
Makes the house smell so good.

It is best made the night before and served the next day.

Easiest Plum Cake (adapted from Martha Stewart):

I used an 8" buttered springform pan, which makes removing the cake so easy.

1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl

3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup whole milk

Mix wet ingredients and add to the dry mix.

1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 plums, cut into thick slices
2 tbsp butter

Place your plum slices on top of the batter, pressing down a bit.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and dot the top w/ the 2 tbsp of butter. Bake at 375F for 40-45 minutes.

I plan on making this cake again in the fall with apples. It was so easy and so delicious!


The way the cake rises up between the plumbs is just beautiful. What a great cake!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
Looks yummy Stacey. It reminds me of the standard plum cake from Marion Burros that I've been making for years. Have you seen the plum cake recipe in today's NYTimes?
Maria said…
I have been making a lot of plum treats since we have a plum tree. This will be next!
Stacey you are my go-to girl for recipes this week, the plum cake is being made once I step away from my laptop and the roast corn, tomato pasta is what's for dinner tonight--thanks!
Dewi said…
The cake looks wonderful, I am sure tastes delicious too.
Eileen said…
Looks so good! I'm thinking peaches?
I just bought 2 dozen italian plums and was going to bake tomarrow, we think alike!
Jen_from_NJ said…
Easy cakes are my thing! I need to pick up some plums and make this cake - looks delicious!
I made this cake a couple of weeks ago, too, and loved it. I think you are right that the batter would go well with lots of different types of fruit. I have made a similar apple cake in a 9 by 13 pan. All I can say is lately I'm a lazy baker!
Pam said…
This looks delicious and so pretty... I love that it's easy too!
Aunt Lollie said…
Stacey, this cake is so pretty and you say it's easy to - sounds like something i have to try making!
I love how the recipe said it makes two cakes and it only made one. Sometimes I wonder if they test every recipe before they are published!
DebbieW said…
I make it using the King Arthur's white whole wheat flour and it comes out great also. Love your blog!
Linda said…
YUMMY, Gotta love easy and tasty!!
and anything with the word 'cake' !!
Linda said…
I had some plums that I was less than happy with and came upon your recipe and made that great cake. So easy and so good. I've never had a spring form pan though. I've got to find one.
Unknown said…
Hi! If I can give out a suggestion, you should never mix together yeast and salt at first, much better to add salt at the end, so it will not stop yeast from working properly. Also, try to mix eggs and sugar in a pan, and heat them on fire while continuously mixing them for 1 min or two. You should warm them up to max 45˚C. The sugar elevates the cooking point of the eggs, and when you go to whip them up they will grow much much more. You dishes look delicious btw!! Greetings from italy, Paolo
Anonymous said…
What a perfect golden brown colour. This looks so lovely, and you are right - blindy freddy could make it. But i believe brown like that takes a good eye and patience!
The JR said…
Looks perfect to use with a few of my pears!
Your cake looks very delicious...