Tuesday, April 19, 2011

P is for Plum Cake

This recipe was given to me by my lovely mother-in-law, Irma.  She always made such beautiful desserts when we would go out to visit them on their farm.  Irma would make three completely different cakes, pies or whatever for dessert.  This was one of our favourites.

She had originally given me the recipe using German measurements and also gave me a German measuring cup for a present to go with it.  I converted the recipe to Imperial measurements for my own purposes but will include her measurements as well.

You will have to track down some Oetker baking powder because the stuff we use in Canada is different.  With this baking powder, you start with a cold oven when you bake the cake.  (think of the electricity you'll save by not preheating the oven!) I believe Oetker also puts out vanilla sugar as well. (If you can't find it, split a vanilla bean lengthwise and cover with sugar - unfortunately, you will have to let it sit for about 2 weeks to a month before the sugar will have lots of flavour.  Try to remember to shake it once in a while.)

This is a lovely, dense textured cake that looks as good as it tastes! 

Plum Cake

1/2 cup (100 gr.) butter
1/2 cup (100gr.) sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla sugar
2 large eggs
4 drops lemon extract
1 1/4 cups (150 gr.) cornstarch
1 level tsp baking powder
6 tbsp. milk
500 gr. small purple/violet plums cut in quarters (you can also use apples, cherries, rhubarb or cranberries - I've tried all but the cherries and they were all delicious)

Cream butter.   Add sugar, vanilla sugar , eggs and extract.
Mix very well - should be creamy.

Combine dry ingredients.

Slowly add to wet mixture, alternating with milk - in three parts.  The batter will be very thick.

Pour (scrape is more like it) into a greased and floured glass 9x13 pan.  Decoratively top with the plums (skin side down) and sprinkle on the streudel topping.

Streudel  Topping

1/3 cup (75 gr) butter
1/3 cup (75 gr) sugar
1/2 cup (100 gr) flour
1 tbsp vanilla sugar

Place cake in a cold oven.  Turn oven on to 350F.

Bake for 45 minutes.  Check with a toothpick to see if it is done.  If no crumbs adhere - it is done.

Before removing, broil the top until lightly browned.  Watch carefully because it scorches easily.

Remove.  Serve with whipped cream.



  1. This recipe looks yummy, I'm off to make some. Great to visit your blog, from the a-z challenge.

    Amanda - Realityarts-Creativity
    Art Blog

  2. I've never had any desserts with plum in them. This sounds delicious!

  3. This sure brings back memories! Thanks for posting.

  4. Just letting you know I have passed the Stylish Blogger Award on to you. You can find it at Rogues Home Cooked via my profile page.

  5. I haven't had a plum cake in eons - sounds great! Thanks for dropping by and saying hi!