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Aug 20, 2022

Plum Cake

This plum cake is perfect for summer baking when plums are super ripe and sweet. It's easy to make and can be served for breakfast or dessert.  

Plum Cake Baked with a bite on a fork on a plate.

Making this plum cake is so easy. There's no fancy frosting or layers to worry about... all you need is fresh, in season red or purple plums to make this delicious cake. 

I'm pretty sure any ripe stone fruit would be delicious in this cake, but using ripe purple plums, with their gorgeous color, just adds to the beauty of this cake. 

Plum Cake Baked with Sugar on Top.

We were lucky that our local farmer's market happened to have a selection of dark fleshed plums for making this cake. It's so hard to capture that moment when the fruit is perfectly ripe and juicy. 

We used to live in a house with a ton of stone fruit trees, including plums, and miss them so much (although we don't miss the birds who used to take a single bite out of each ripe plum, peach, or nectarine). 

We inherited aging lemon, lime, and tangelo trees in our current house, which are of no interest to the crows. However, the squirrels, for the first time after 30 years, have suddenly taken an interest in the the tangelos. Very annoying.

At least they don't touch the herbs. ... yet. 

Plum Cake Plated with a fork.

Shopping List for this Plum Cake:


Granulated sugar


Whole milk

Vanilla extract

All purpose flour

Almond flour

Whole wheat flour

Baking powder



For the topping: sugar, cinnamon, and butter

Plum Cake sliced.

Equipment Needed:

First, you will need a 9-inch springform pan

Additionally, you will need parchment paper for lining the bottom and sides of the sprinform pan. 

Finally, you will need a food processor to mix the batter. My favorite is the traditional Cuisinart 14-cup that has been the standard forever. No bowls needed! 

Plum Cake Baked.

How to Make This Plum Cake:

First, line the springform pan with parchment paper and spray it with spray oil. 

Next, in the food processor, process the butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Next, add the flours baking powder, and salt, and process briefly until smooth. 

Dump the mixture into the pan and smooth it. Place plum slices in a circle on top. As the cake bakes, the plums will sink into the cake and spread their deliciousness throughout the cake. 

Plum Cake before baking with plums on top in a springform pan.

About halfway through baking the cake, sprinkle the top with some sugar, cinnamon, and butter and return it to the oven. 

My oven may run a little hot, but the cake was pretty brown when it was time to add the topping, so I reduced the temperature from 375 degrees F to 325 degrees for the final 15 minutes of baking. The fact that my cake pan is dark may also have contributed to the darker color.

Plum Cake Slices.

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Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoē François. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

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Our book this year - Zoë Bakes Cakes - and our choices for August 2022 were ~

 Plum Cake

Best Ever Chocolate-Zucchini Bundt Cake

Blackberry Diva Cake

Plum Cake on plates with forks.

This cake is delicious on its own or topped with sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Plus, it stays fresh for several days. 

Plum Cake

Plum Cake
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
This plum cake is perfect for summer baking when plums are super ripe and sweet. It's easy to make and can be served for breakfast or dessert.


For the Cake
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 200 grams (2 cups) granulated sugar
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 120 grams (1 cup) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 60 grams (1/2 cup) almond flour
  • 35 grams (1/4 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ripe plums, cut into 8 slices
For the Topping
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces


  1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper. Spray with spray oil and place the pan on a baking sheet.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, add the butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla and process until smooth. Add the flours and process briefly until combined.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the pan and smooth the top. Smack the pan on the baking sheet a couple of times to get rid of any air bubbles.
  4. Place the plum slices on top of the batter in a circular pattern. Place the pan on the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, and dot with the butter. Return the pan to the oven, reduce the heat to 325 degrees F, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes on a wire rack. Remove the pan sides and parchment and continue to cool on a wire rack.

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  1. Such a pretty cake! The color of the plums is really striking.

    1. Thank you. I was so happy to find purple ones!

  2. Wow, that's gorgeous. This may be my December choice!

  3. This was an easy cake to make and gorgeous to serve.

    1. Wasn't it? Love it with the purple plums!

  4. Those dark plums are gorgeous! I made this cake, too, and we loved it. It just screams summer, doesn't it?


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