Spiced Plum Cake

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If you’ve recently bought plums and have found them to have no taste or to be a bit sour, you will love them in this Spiced Plum Cake.

spiced plum cake

I recently bought a box of plums from Aldi so Jacob could add one to his lunch. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great eating experience as the plums had no taste and were floury. A good fruit experience for us is taste and crispness. I’m not sure how you’d explain that with plums as it’s a fleshy fruit but I think you understand my gist.

I find purchasing good plums can be a bit hit and miss. But I like to add variety to our fresh food diet so thought the plums would be a great snack. But it wasn’t to be. And there is nothing worse than spending money on fruit that doesn’t get eaten and sits in the crisper in the fridge.

I didn’t want the whole box of 9 plums go to waste, so I created this spiced plum cake recipe and those 9 plums were put to very good foodie experience use.

spiced plum cake baked

This is a rustic style cake that has a lot of flavor (despite the plums having no flavor! Go figure!). You can have a piece with or without cream. I’d add cream if the cake was served as dessert.

spiced plum cake with cream

It looks fabulous presented on a plate with a bit of icing sugar dusted over the top. I’ve left my cake on the tray for the purpose of the post.

spiced plum cake

I’d imagine this recipe would work for other fruits that can be baked like apple, pear and peaches. I have used a similar recipe to create an apple crumble cake, but I’ve used cinnamon instead of mixed spice.

Plums certainly make this cake stand out with their deep colour. This truly is a great cake to bake in Autumn, and right when plums are starting to come out of their prime season. If you buy some plums at the end of the season that taste a little ordinary, use them in this cake.

spiced plum cake

Spiced Plum Cake

10 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 11/2 cups of self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice, extra for sprinkling
  • 230 grams of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 plums
  • icing sugar to dust


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spray or wipe butter around a spring-form pan.
  2. Mix flour and mixed spice together.
  3. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and 1 cup of sugar. Add one egg at a time.
  4. Slowly add the flour and mixed spice to the mixture. Scrape the edges of the bowl to ensure the flour and butter mixture are combined.
  5. Spread the batter into your prepared pan.
  6. Quarter the plums into segments and lay them in a pattern on top of the cake.
  7. Sprinkle the caster sugar and a little extra mixed spice on top.
  8. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or when a skewer comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool before dusting the cake with icing sugar.
  10. Serve on it's own or with cream.

Are you a fan of fruit on your cake? Do you enjoy eating plums in Summer? What makes a good fruit eating experience for you?