Fresh Plum Cake

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My kids love to be in the kitchen. I don’t blame them! The aromas wafting from the oven are hard to beat. There’s not another room I’d rather be in…

The other morning we woke up and shuffled downstairs to our usual weekend morning routine. Breakfast, lounging around in our jammies, talking about what we are going to do the rest of the day…

On this particular day the kids wanted to bake!

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We didn’t even bother changing out of our jammies. We headed straight for the pantry to assess our options. Chocolate chips? No. Shredded coconut? No. Peanut butter? No.

What was this kitchen coming to???

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All the essential elements for our favorite go-to treats were missing. We took a breath, and regrouped.

We had fresh summer plums, butter, sugar and flour. A Fresh Plum Cake in the making. I could tell we were on our way to greatness.

Plenty of “kiddy treats” make their debut at our house. You know the kind… Rice crispy treat variations, cookies decorated like zoo animals, candy suspended in jello. (You should see some of the things we crank out around Halloween.)

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Yet it’s nice to teach children some classic, and slightly more sophisticated recipes. They pick up baking techniques quickly and appear to enjoy the mature deserts just as much.

Plus, these are recipes they can take with them throughout life; a spring board to greater meals and ideas. A little token of mommy.

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This particular Fresh Plum Cake is great for summer stone-fruits such as plums, peaches and apricots, yet with a rustic quality that carries through to fall.

A hearty, yet elegant cake that needs no cream or sauce to perfect it.

The plums add a juicy tang to this dense buttery cake, so it’s flavorful enough to stand alone.

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That makes this Fresh Plum Cake a perfect dessert to take to a barbecue or summer party when stone fruit is fresh and in season. This is just the kind of dessert I’d wrap up and put in my picnic basket for an evening concert at the park. No hassle, big impact.

You can also make Fresh Plum Cake, with peaches or apricots instead of plums!

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5 from 4 votes

Fresh Plum Cake

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Fresh Plum Cake - A rust yet elegant cake that is easy to make and easy to love! Serve it in the summer with seasonal plums, and around the holidays.
Servings: 12
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Plum Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.4g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 34.1g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%
Sugars 21.3g
Protein 3.2g 6%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the bottom disk of an 8-9 inch spring-form pan. Fasten the ring around the disk with the parchment paper secured in between. Cut off the excess paper. Grease the sides of the pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In the electric mixer, cream 1 cup of sugar with the butter. Add the eggs one at a time. Slowly add the flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and mix again.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Slice the plums into eighths. The easiest way I’ve found to do this, is to run a knife around the plum to halve it, then do the same to quarter it. Split each quarter in half. The little sections should pop off the pit with your knife.

  5. Place the plum slices around the top of the cake in a pretty pattern. Make sure they are close together. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice over the plums. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Make SURE not to over bake! Cool for 15 minutes in the pan, and another 10 minutes out of the pan before serving!

Recipe Notes

*Try with fresh summer peaches, nectarines or apricots!

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57 comments on “Fresh Plum Cake

  1. Cherylposted October 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Perfection. Used fresh plums I had frozen from the Summer.  Let them dethaw and used juice to make a syrup to go on top of ice cream. Cake was perfectly moist. Company loved it and it didn’t take long to make.

  2. Ulrike Cposted October 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Just took my first bite out of a warm piece of this delicious plum cake. I used a 10 Inch Springform and 7 plums . Awesome – this is a keeper !

  3. Anndreaposted August 23, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply

    This is in my oven baking as I comment!  It smells so yummy and the batter was delicious so I’m sure it isn’t going to be fantastic! Thank you for the recipe!! I was just wondering if anyone has tried it with frozen plums (like buy fresh but cut and freeze the slices of plum)! 

  4. آهکposted May 21, 2017 at 4:29 am Reply

    woooow. This looks like a delicious plum cake and I’d love a slice

  5. Tinaposted June 19, 2016 at 2:59 am Reply

    I just make the cake, had to use canned plums as its winter here and none available! Served it with home made yummy custard and Tip Top vanilla pod ice cream and it all disappeared! Thank you for the brilliant and easy recipe!

  6. Jennifer Kposted June 30, 2011 at 9:52 am Reply

    Just looking at the very first picture made me hungry. Baking with kids must have been all the more fun :)

  7. Feast on the Cheapposted June 27, 2011 at 10:58 am Reply

    Love this! Plums aren’t used nearly enough. This is stunning…

  8. sippitysupposted June 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm Reply

    I make a cake like this so I know how good it is! GREG

  9. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted June 26, 2011 at 9:59 am Reply

    Delicious! I love plums and your patience to bake with the kids!

  10. The Cilantropistposted June 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm Reply

    I love the Ava Junior Chef t-shirt! Too cute! Kids in the kitchen is always a happy time! :)

  11. Jessica @ How Sweetposted June 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm Reply

    What a fabulous cake – love this!

  12. Cookin' Canuckposted June 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Your summertime routine sounds exactly like ours. I agree that there is something to be said for teaching kids to appreciate the classic desserts. This plum cake is beautiful!

  13. Saee Koranne-Khandekarposted May 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Hey! I made this sometime ago, except mine was an eggless version and I did an upside down take on it. And yet, it looks so much like yours! :) Your kids are so adorable! I can’t wait for mine to grow up so I can bake with them!

  14. Pinch My Saltposted August 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm Reply

    That is one beautiful cake!!

  15. Lynne @ CookandBeMerryposted July 28, 2010 at 2:46 am Reply

    Your cake looks so delicious with the pretty design of plums on the top. This would be perfect for my Sunday brunch. Your photos are lovely and your kids are just precious.

  16. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted July 22, 2010 at 4:35 am Reply

    Awww! I love it when kids get into the kitchen :)

    Plums are just gorgeous to cook with – I love how they bleed so beautifully into everything, especially cake!

    Your potos never disappoint and I just love that white washed table!

  17. Lynnposted July 20, 2010 at 1:35 am Reply

    What a great looking cake! Fresh fruit is always a good baking go to plan :)

  18. Rickposted July 19, 2010 at 1:49 am Reply

    The cake looks so pretty! And your kids are adorable! Great little helpers.

  19. agrigirlposted July 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm Reply

    Great photos and I love the plum cake. It wreaks of summer.

  20. Valposted July 18, 2010 at 8:42 am Reply

    ooo! That does look wonderful. I keep forgetting to buy plums but after looking at those pics of the plum cake I don't think I'll be forgetting them this week. I can't wait to bite into some plum cake!

  21. Shirleyposted July 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm Reply

    That is a work of art. I also just love your kids' aprons!

  22. Cherineposted July 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Wonderful cake, beautiful photos and adorable kids :)

  23. Pamposted July 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm Reply

    This looks delicious and you have some great little helpers there!

  24. Stellaposted July 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Hey Sommer, your little boy looks just like you-very cute! Oh, and the cake looks great too. That's a buttery, decadent cake!
    p.s. red wine vinegar serves as an acid reacting with the baking soda causing for rise (hence my domes). Baking powder is baking soda added to a dry acid, so vinegar or lemon juice is not needed when using powder. The acid can lose it's effectiveness though, hence all the warnings about using old powder and such. You may already know this, but, if not, it's a 'foodie fact' worth knowing I think (smile)…

  25. Foodessaposted July 17, 2010 at 11:13 am Reply

    Sommer…that plum cake looks amazingly scrumptious. I make a similar apple cake like this too. Isn't it great how this cake lends itself so well in versatility.
    So…you actually seem to have a few more cute hands in the kitchen…no fair ;o) They are such adorable little elves ;)

    Have a great weekend and flavourful wishes,

  26. Wheels and Lollipopsposted July 17, 2010 at 7:07 am Reply

    The good things in life are basic recipes like this that just make every memory that more special. Your special bakers are adorable !

  27. Magic of Spiceposted July 17, 2010 at 6:58 am Reply

    Sommer,I swear in that picture they look just like you. They are beyond adorable:) What a wonderful cake…and what a fun morning!

  28. Pacheco Pattyposted July 17, 2010 at 5:59 am Reply

    So sweet, kids and the plum cake, what a nice post, your plum cake looks amazing!

  29. Gitteposted July 17, 2010 at 3:42 am Reply

    Beautiful Plum Cake. Great to see your kids spending time with you in the kitchen.

  30. Velvaposted July 17, 2010 at 1:12 am Reply

    The plum cake looks delightful. It's great to have kids that enjoy cooking and baking too.

  31. Birenposted July 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm Reply

    Sounds like a fun time with the kids. The plum cake looks amazing. Would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too!

  32. Chef Dennisposted July 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm Reply

    that is one beautiful cake!! I love plums and you really don't see them much in baked goods….I am always torn about leaving the skin on, but I think you just made up my mind to leave it on…your cake is perfect….
    and your girls are so precious, I am so happy to hear they enjoy cooking with mom!

  33. sweetlifeposted July 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm Reply

    OMG your kiddos are goregous!!! imaginary souffles, oh I would have cried also…I love plum's s perfect summer treat..great recipe..

  34. Lazaro Cooks!posted July 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Wonderful cake. Love the use of pumpkin pie spice. Lucky you have many willing helpers.

  35. Maryposted July 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm Reply

    What a lovely cake. What beautiful assistants. I hope you all have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  36. lauraposted July 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Oh, your children are so adorable – they will forever be indebted to your culinary genius! ( ; The plum cake cake sounds so delicious, Sommer!

  37. [email protected]posted July 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Your kiddies made one beautiful cake! It looks so tasty and light. How fun… and so wonderful that they are budding pastry chefs!

  38. Sophieposted July 16, 2010 at 11:25 am Reply

    Your kids are so cool, yeah!!

    Your plum cake looks outstandingly beautiful!!

    MMMMMM,..I so love fresh plums!

  39. Sanjeeta kkposted July 16, 2010 at 11:23 am Reply

    Lovely treat. No wonder why your kids love to be in the kitchen.

  40. Rubyposted July 16, 2010 at 8:27 am Reply

    That plum cake looks amazing – well done you and the kids! I chuckled when I read about you feeling emotional that your daughter was making imaginary souffles. My son (4) is my sous-chef and when I told him yesterday that he would be a great cook one day, he replied "Oh THANK you for saying that Mommy!" like it was the best compliment he could get. Awwwww… aren't kids the best?! :-)

  41. Annaposted July 16, 2010 at 6:24 am Reply

    OMG! What beautiful kids you have, they are adorable. And kitchen helpers…how lucky you are. This cake looks beautiful When I saw the first picture I was just wondering how the plum slices were all on top. Then thanks to your step by step, now I know. Its awesome.

  42. julieposted July 16, 2010 at 1:41 am Reply

    How cute are you kids?! I can definitely figure out the prankster from the exacting one. That cake is beautiful. Tell your kids they did some really nice work!

  43. OLGUISposted July 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm Reply

    wow great cake and so nice helpers.

  44. CC Recipeposted July 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm Reply

    This plum cake looks fantastic!

  45. Mimiposted July 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Cake looks yummy! So good to see pics of the kids. Maybe I'll make this with their cousins here

  46. Pam at Sticks Forks Fingersposted July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm Reply

    Gorgeous photos, cute kids and lovely cake.

    I'll be making this soon, as we are just about to be buried under a mountain of ripe plums from our trees. Thanks for the inspiration!

  47. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted July 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm Reply

    What a delicious cake and sweet helpers you have in your kitchen!
    I love any plum cake that doesn't ask for a yeast dough. Pumpkin spice sounds great in it.

  48. tasteofbeirutposted July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm Reply

    What fascinates me so about raising children is to notice the kinds of things they retain out of the mountain of concepts and information we try to pass on to them; cute that your child was impressed by soufflés!
    This photo shows the most adorable kids ever!
    As for your cake, I will be making it soon as we are getting a bounty of peaches, nectarines and plums from our orchard.

  49. Janposted July 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm Reply

    This looks like a great plum cake! I'd love a slice right about now, please :)

  50. Jennifurlaposted July 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm Reply

    Your kids are adorable, I cant wait for Indy to really bake with me.

  51. Eposted July 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm Reply

    Tell the kids they did an awesome job! I've never made anything with a plum. You've all inspired me.

  52. Baking Barristerposted July 15, 2010 at 5:40 am Reply

    I love plums. I could so see this with Plums, peaches and nectarines.

  53. penny aka jeroxieposted July 15, 2010 at 5:17 am Reply

    That looks seriously good and your cut out circle is so neat!

  54. ceeceeposted July 15, 2010 at 4:36 am Reply

    looks delicious! My kids love the kitchen too – it's always a great way to spend time together.

  55. citronetvanilleposted July 15, 2010 at 4:28 am Reply

    Oh your kids are so cute with their little aprons! what a beautiful cake, especailly with the plums that are in season, I wish I could taste a slice right now, I am craving for something sweet!

  56. Angie's Recipesposted July 15, 2010 at 4:12 am Reply

    Plums and prunes are about in season here…love to use them make the coffee cake. Recipe bookmarked! Thanks!

  57. NANA Scrivposted July 15, 2010 at 4:02 am Reply

    Oh my goodness! We use to make this when you were a tiny little thing living in San Diego. I know you don't remember it Sommer, but we made it with delicious California grown plums. We also made it with the local peaches or blueberries. It was a family favorite. I am so glad my precious grandbabies got in the photo shoot today.