Lemon & Spice Plum Cake

Lemon & Spice Plum Cake

Prune plums, or European plums, are a late summer delight. Their dark blue skin creates a gorgeous purple in the cake as it bakes. The luscious tang of the plums is perfectly complemented by a light cake lit up with Limoneira® lemon and spices, for the perfect accompaniment to a scoop of ice cream.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, European


  • 2 cups prune plums
  • 1 Limoneira® lemon zest & juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plain yogourt
  • 2 tablespoons golden sugar


  • With a sharp knife, cut the plums in half lengthwise, and pull out the pits.
  • Place the prunes in a small bowl, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Toss lightly to coat.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F, and lightly grease an 8- or 9-inch springform cake pan. If you don’t have a springform, you can simply use a regular cake or pie pan, and cut the cake directly from the pan rather than removing it.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Blend together with a whisk.
  • In a second mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until the texture is light a fluffy.
  • Add the egg as you continue to beat.
  • Add the yogourt, and beat until the batter is smooth. It should be reasonably thick.
  • Spoon the batter into the pan, and use the back of a spoon to smooth it evenly into place.
  • Take the plum halves, and place them into the batter into a circular, spiralling pattern- or whatever your imagination creates.
  • Sprinkle the top, especially the fruit, with 1 tablespoon golden sugar.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes, until a clean knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • About 5 minutes before you remove it from the oven, sprinkle the last tablespoon of golden sugar onto the top.
  • Remove from the oven, and allow it to cool for about 20 to 30 minutes before removing the springform, or cutting a slice.


Note: Choose plums as ripe as you can get – it will be very easy to halve them and simply pull out the pits.
Keyword Lemons
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