German Plum Cake Recipe

By Angela Casley
Finish this crumbly plum cake with a shower of icing sugar. Photo / Babiche Martens

If you’ve found yourself with too many plums at peak season, turn to this easy plum cake recipe.

You can eat this cake for breakfast. Or with a cuppa later in the day! It is delicious, fruity and not too sweet. A good dollop of yoghurt creates additional creaminess, as does a decadent vanilla icecream (if you’re serving the dish for dessert).


Serves 8-10

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

½ cup caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla

100g softened butter

2 eggs

6-8 plums, cut into wedges

1 cup flour

½ cup caster sugar

½ tsp ground ginger

100g softened butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C. Line a 22cm tin with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, place the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, vanilla, butter, and eggs. Mix until the batter is formed. Spoon into the base of the tin.
  3. Top with the plums.
  4. For the topping, combine the flour, sugar, ginger and butter, mixing to form a soft dough. Dot it over the plums.
  5. Place into the centre of the oven for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out just clean.
  6. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before removing from the tin. Enjoy with yoghurt or icecream.

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