Plum Cake - just the way my I remember it

My Oma (my Austrian grandmother) was known to make amazing plum cakes (Pflaumekuchen). I have faint, delicious memories of this. I so wish I had her recipe.... but since that's not possible I went searching for an authentic German plum cake recipe.... and I think I found a good one!
The recipe comes from this lovely food blogger's paternal great grandmother... sounds authentic enough!
And my oh my, was it ever delicious!
Read on for the recipe....

Pflaumekuchen - German Plum Cake
(slightly adapted from the original recipe)

4-5 Plums, halved and stone removed, but not peeled
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 325F.  Grease a round pie dish.

Mix together the sugar and butter until well smooth. Add the egg, vanilla and milk and mix again. Then add in the dry ingredients. Poor the mixture into the pie plate and spread evenly with a spatula.

Place the plum halves skin side up decoratively on top of the batter (and press in just a little). 
Bake for approx 1 hour. 
Allow to cook before serving, and then enjoy!


  1. Oh, my... this looks so good! I had a German coworker who made a plum cake once, and I never got the recipe for it. Thank you for sharing this... it's going straight into my Evernote! :)

  2. Whoa, this looks really good.

  3. Yea! I'm so glad you liked it. I have probably the strongest childhood memories over this cake, and I'm pretty sure my parents planted an Italian prune plum tree in the backyard of my childhood house just to have them on hand for this.

  4. this looks so wonderful and full of memories - you are quite a cook!!

  5. hi,
    I read your blog by a month - and now I saw the plum cake memories and recipe and read that your grandmother was austrian. I'm from Austria, too! You made my day. The world is small. ;)

  6. Hi Karina,
    You are definitely my first Austrian reader. Welcome!!

  7. Thank you!! :)


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