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. wendy says:

    I loved mine, and I think I actually liked it best as a cold tray bake even though hot was good too. Just made a Dorset apple cake which is collapsing (very crumbly), so next time will use this recipe with apples as I know it works so well with plums. We live and learn!

  2. wendy says:

    Oooh, we have wasted so many plums as our tree is breaking. Fantastic idea!!!

  3. Jude says:

    Just taken this cake out of the oven. Looks and smells divine. Substituted 4oz of SR flour for ground almonds and added a scant half tspn baking powder. I’ll post again when we’ve tried it…very soon!

  4. Angela says:

    I made this cake last year and froze it successfuly too. I’m about to make it again today. It is absolutely gorgeous.

  5. Venus Speedwell says:

    My garden is bursting with cooking and eating apples, plums and blackberries and, in my search to find recipes so I can use them up, I happened upon the Allotment website. Perfect.

  6. Catherine says:

    Made this cake for the first time today – my best advice for anyone thinking of making this is – double the recipe – make 2!! So yummy even my fussy kids loved it. Fantastic.

  7. Sharon Collins says:

    Thank you I am trying different plum recipes as I have a lovely plum tree in my garden then it will be into Autumn and apple tree next!
    Thank you it sounds delicious and I will use the last persons advice and make two, one for the family and one for me which will be gluten and dairy free!

  8. Lynne says:

    Can I use stewed plums?

  9. Alison says:

    Stumbled across this site whilst looking for plum jam recipe. I am now just about to try the plum cake recipe sounds gorgeous. Will use this site more often now. Thank you

  10. Bruce Hart says:

    Lots of plums this year so I thought I’d use this recipe to make a cake as well as jam. Result, lots of cake and no jam. Oh, well. Do try this recipe.

  11. Liz Clark says:

    Not usually good at cakes but this one was brilliant. Will be making more and trying variations such as damsons, pears,apples, more spice and substituting ground almonds for some of flour. Cheers

  12. sue banks says:

    Hi just had to comment this cake is the best plum cake made, cake did not last a day you just can’t keep your fingers off it. Website is a goldmine, have favourited it so I don’t lose the site. Many thanks

  13. Sharon says:

    This cake is brilliant – it disappears as soon as it is made. Even when I accidently left it in the oven for an extra 20min – it came out delicious and moist.

    Unfortunately by the time I discovered the recipe I had stewed and frozen most of our glut of plums. Does anyone know of a good cake that can be made with rather runny stewed plums? Otherwise we are going to be eating lots of crumbles and pies this winter.

  14. Sue says:

    Made this with damsons instaed of plums and it was delicious – a great hit with the family. Have just discovered your site and have saved it in my favourites as I’m sure I will be visiting it regularly

  15. Kirsty says:

    This is the most delicious cake I have ever eaten!!! Everyone else who tried it loved it too. I’m no baker, but this is easy, and perfect every time. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  16. grace herkins says:

    do you think it will go well with apples and plums.

  17. Lorna says:

    Roll on the plum season as this recipe is fabulous!! So moist and scrummy. It doesn’t last very long though so I advise that you batch bake!!!

  18. Iris says:

    Love this recipe and have passed it on to many others. I often make this cake with rhubarb and apple, too.

  19. Lynne Sanderson says:

    At last found a great and easy to make cake recipe to use the masses of plums I get most years from my tree. It’s now a family favourite.

  20. Maria says:

    Made this today, it is as delicious as everyone says. I will make it again, it’s really easy and quick to make too. Lovely with a dollop of cream.

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