Fresh Plum Cake Recipe

fresh plum cake

Recipe for Fresh Plum Cake sent in by: Joy Davis

Ingredients for Fresh Plum Cake:

  • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g (3.5oz) baking margarine
  • 50g (2oz) sultanas
  • 50g (2oz) soft brown sugar plus 2 tblsp for sprinkling
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tblsp golden syrup
  • 225g (8oz) plums, stoned and chopped

Method for Fresh Plum Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3.
  2. Grease and line an 8 inch square baking tin.
  3. Rub the flour, half the cinnamon and the margarine together.
  4. Add the sultanas and 50g (2oz) brown sugar and stir.
  5. Beat eggs and syrup together in a separate bowl, add plums, then stir into flour mixture.
  6. Transfer to tin and level surface.
  7. Mix rest of brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top of cake mixture.
  8. Cook in centre of oven for 45-50 mins and then test. It should be risen and just firm to the touch when cooked.
  9. Cut into squares to eat.


This is best eaten warm with ice cream though you can eat it cold, but why wait? Also works with apples and rhubarb, though plums work best I’ve found.

Posted in Fruit, Vegetarian Recipes, Cakes & Tarts, All Recipes, Plums
70 comments on “Fresh Plum Cake Recipe
  1. eleanor southall says:

    can you f1reeze the plum cake?
    thank you

  2. Val says:

    I’ve not tried freezing a cake but I don’t think it would work very well.

  3. wendy wakefield says:

    I am just about to make this cake and wont think twice about freezing it. I have frozen all sorts of cakes in the past and I think this will freeze fine.

  4. Janet Royle says:

    Hello Wendy,
    Would be interested to discover how the frozen cake survived, I’ve frozen all sorts of cakes and would think this OK.

  5. What a wonderful website, I was looking for a receipe for blackberry and apple jam and click onto the allotment website and found these wonderful receipes, this website is now in my favourites.


  6. ray says:

    great site have lots of plumbs forjam and now hope to bake myself a cake cheers

  7. kathryn says:

    plum cake was gorgeous

  8. Susieq101 says:

    Lovely recipe for plum cake. I have a glut of greengages at the allotment and have made lots of jam. Do you have a recipe for ‘bottled’ fruit, preferably incorporating alcohol? I think it would make a good Xmas present.

  9. Julia says:

    Don’t make this cake unless you have a great deal of will power. Im about to make my third in a week! A great cake to share with friends over a cup of tea. Its seriously scrummy.

  10. Bobbie-Lee says:

    This cake is really good, and very easy to make! I tried it with rhubarb, and it was ok, but i found plums taste better than rhubarb. Overall, it’s a yummy cake, and will definatly sell quickly at bake sales!

  11. Bobbie-Leey! says:

    It’s a fab cake, and is SOOOOOO scrummy! It’s totally easy to make, and it’s a good excuse to eat cake!!!

  12. Bobbie-Leee! says:


  13. Amanda says:

    Great recipe and great tasting cake. I visit your web site all the time for recipes. Thank you.

  14. Theresa says:

    This cake has been such a hit, it is the star recipe of the season within our community shop!

  15. Sam says:

    Hi, do I leave the skin on the plums?

  16. elly says:

    soft fruit tend to go soggy and pulpy when frozen , I usually put a piece of cake in the freezer for a week, try it, then make a decision

  17. mariell says:

    what a wonderful recipe
    I have just paid 2 nice big tins of cake and am happily munching on it now with some cream
    Hubby loves it and hes not keen on plums i will definately be making this again
    thank you for this wonferful recipe

  18. Hello Sooo new to computer URL??? I don’t know!!!
    Your site is superb!! I just looked up RHUBARB & there you were! I’ve been making jam, chutney, pickles et al over 50 yrs. Now on crutches the 1st time EVER I’ve not made 3/4 lots marmalade ( & gutted!! ) I got into LIQUERS one year & have over 30 assorted in my pantry!! I planted a ” mini orchard” but had old fruit trees already! My fresh PLUM cake is a little different to yours ( & it was in a leaflet the fresh food people put out in the 80’s. ) I made a little cook book for a charity then!!

  19. Diane says:

    Made this lovely cake with vodka soaked wild cherry plums after I decanted the plum vodka I started last autumn. Great recipe!

  20. Jane says:

    This cake is fantastic. I bake 2 at the same time, 1 to eat immediatley and 1 to freeze. The answer is yes, it does freeze really well – not quite as good at fresh, but still good.

  21. Vicki says:

    Does the 8oz of plums include the weight of the stones? Sorry – bit of an amateur here!

  22. Val says:

    It’s not my recipe but I’d take it to mean 8 oz after the stones were removed.

  23. Sam says:

    I am a complete novice at cake making but I managed to knock this plum cake out in a matter of minutes and to everyones great surprise it tasted FAB. Thank you. Also been following the Jam recipes.

  24. maureen says:

    i have just made this cake it is fantastic and will be making many more. thank you

  25. teresa says:

    Made this cake this afternoon (28.8.10) but in a loaf tin, so gave it a bit longer in the oven. Absolutely sublime! My family have ate the lot!

  26. Christine says:

    Very quick and easy to make. Delicious warm with cream or cold with a cuppa. Lovely!

  27. alan coleman says:

    This cake is the best cake we have ever tasted , it didn’t last long. My wife is making a second one now.

  28. Anne says:

    I am puzzled by ‘baking margarine’ in the recipe (stork brand maybe??) – would butter work as well please? I try to avoid processed fats you see… Thanks!

  29. sam says:

    hi could i use half plums half apples?? im a bit new at this baking thing!!

  30. Samantha says:


    This sounds very naughty but nice ! We have 3 ‘damson’ trees which we inherited on our lottie can I use these ??

    Thanks Samantha

  31. Val says:

    Nothing wrong with trying it and coming up with a new recipe! Let us know how you get along.

  32. Samantha says:

    Great thanks – will keep you posted

  33. Samantha says:

    Well first attempt at this recipe and I used Damsons. Had to warm them to get stones out but apart from that followed recipe as instructed. Baked for an hour in pre-heated gas oven and still very moist – not wet or undercooked but bread pudding wet without the heaviness. Is it a moist one or is it because my fruit was more of a puree ?? Anyhow it is very nice not sweet will be smashing warm with ice cream or clotted cream or even custard I think – pudding for me more than cake yum yum thanks.

  34. Samantha says:

    second helping when cold definately damson bread pudding without the bread yum

  35. Noel A Glover says:

    We have just had a piece of FRESH PLUM CAKE with Creme Fraiche and it was straight from the oven, All I can say is mmmmmmmmmmmmm, we have honestly never tasted a plum cake like it. I will recommend it to all of my friends. THANK YOU Joy Davis.

  36. Ruby says:

    Just made it for the 4th time in a week – thanks for a great recipe!

  37. Val Mantle says:

    Found your recipe on the net because I had a glut of plums.
    It is truly a decedant cake. I took it into work and everyone wants the recipe. I am cooking another one now.

  38. diane says:

    Yesterday picked 11lbs plums from my only tree (only a fraction of what is there) to make jam – thats on the go now but still have stacks of plums left, this was the first plum cake recipe I came to so have just made it and it’s in the oven now, by the look of all the comments I shall be making another and another and another!!!

  39. Paul says:

    Made the damson jam which turned out really well, now giving the plum cake a try. Cheers for reciepes excellent site!

  40. Evelyn says:

    Loved the plum cake recipe. Had actually put excess Victoria Plums in freezer, defrosted and used in this recipe worked well. As for freezing the cake, would work but I dont think that is going to happen!!!

  41. Deborah says:

    I was searching for a plum cake recipe to use up some of our (many) Victorias and came across this one. I can agree 100% with all the other reviewers in that it’s absolutely gorgeous!! I left out the sultanas because I hate them and threw in a few more plums. I actually made three different plum cakes including two of these. One was eaten very quickly and the other went in the freezer. It soon came back out again though! I cut it into pieces before freezing and it was fine. We even defrosted it in the microwave then served it warm with cream fraiche. Scrumptious! It’s definitely become a favourite in our house and we shall be making it regularly including trying it with apples so thanks!

  42. pauline says:

    I made this plum cake after doing an online search for a recipe to use up plums I had left in the fruit bowl. I didn’t add sultanas as I didn’t have any but instead added a chopped apple. The result was delicious! My “I dont like plums” household devoured it in a few hours!! So thanks very much for the fab recipe. I have to say the site is great too. Lots of good information. 🙂

  43. andrea g says:

    Just made this cake, never had enough weight in plums so substituted 20g for apples and sultanas, still as scrummy!!

  44. Hbowler says:

    This recipe is new for me and amazinG 🙂

  45. Hbowler says:

    ( Wakko ) recipe with apples!!! 😀

  46. ELoat says:

    Just made 1 cake and 12 muffins using double quantities. Cooked muffins for last 20mins worked really well. Substituted unsalted butter for margarine no probs

  47. cath taylor says:

    Brilliant cake. Made it with the green plums that we have to collect to lighten the tree and stop it breaking. Really yummy. Made two in the last few days. So quick and easy. Any other ideas for a trug full of green plums?

  48. julie says:

    I froze one slice to see, it was delish, and tasted like old fashion bread pud, all moist. Making more tomorrow.

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