Plum cake

I have the feeling that the plum becomes a forgotten fruit. During my childhood, my mother used to prepare this fruit in all sorts of ways. She was making compot, jam, cakes (ohhhh and I remember the famous plum dumplings... maybe I should try those ones as well) and we were eating them fresh as well many times. Nowadays, I do not see the same popularity for this fruit anymore and it is a real pity.

Because I miss so much seeing my parents during this pandemic times, a lot of memories are coming back to me and plum cakes is one of them. Before coming up with this recipe I consulted my mom to be sure that this is a similar recipe with the one she was doing when I was a child. In Romania, it is another type of plum that is most used. That type is smaller, bluer, sweeter and more oval. The one that I find here is big, round and red. Nevertheless, I tried my luck with this type in a very simple recipe.

Yes, it is the taste that I remember... these fruits leaves a lot of juice in the cake and make this simple cake a delicious dessert. Here it comes, my recipe for the plum cakes, exactly as I remember it from childhood.


  • 333g all purpose flour
  • 10 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 125g butter (melted)
  • 1.5kg plums (sliced)

  1. Preheat the oven at 200ºC.
  2. Beat the egg whites until foam and add the sugar. Continue to beat until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. In another bowl, mix the yolks with melted butter and vanilla sugar.
  4. Gently incorporate the yolks composition into the meringue.
  5. Separately, mix the flour with the baking powder and add it over the batter.
  6. Prepare a large tray, by either buttering or by placing a parchment paper on the bottom.
  7. Pour the batter in the baking tray and add the sliced plums inside. You can gently push them inside, to be covered by the batter.
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes and let it cool before taking the cake out of the tray to cut.
If you prefer, you can dust it with powdered sugar. 


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