Plum Pudding Dessert Cake

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"An old-fashioned dessert that's great to make if you have leftover plums, even if you don't buy some plums and make this cake, the finished cake bakes with the cake layer on top and plums on bottom, served warm with icecream is my favorite"

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (137.6 g)
  • Calories 268.4
  • Total Fat - 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 1.5 mg
  • Sodium - 161.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 55.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 43.4 g
  • Protein - 2.2 g
  • Calcium - 99.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Step 2

Beat in the milk and oil. Spread mixture in an ungreased 8x8-inch baking dish. Layer the halved plums on top.

Step 3

Whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the plum-topped batter. Pour the boiling water over everything!

Step 4

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, until cake is browned on top. (The top layer should test done with a fork with only a few crumbs, if you're unsure.)

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I must admit when I made the base I was so hesitant, I did not think this would come together, it seemed so thick and really not enough mix for the base..... but this great recipe proved me wrong! Although my cake did not come out with plums on bottom and biscuit base on top (I think it was supposed to come out the other way around).......But with that said... It still turned out really well and was a lovely dessert cake. I made this exactly as written and cooking time was spot on. A lovely light and yet sweet biscuit base topped with the tartness of plums. The plums were like a tart toffied plum when served. I served with custard, which I do thinks cuts the tartness of the plums, I also think vanilla ice cream would have finish this dessert off perfectly which you suggested Miss-Misey. My pan was a bit messy and I thought it would never clean, but a soak in some hot water with detergent and it was sparkling. Lovely recipe that had mixed reactions here. I think it all boils down to you like plums or not.... They are a bit like zucchini, you either love them or hate them, no in betweens..... lol If you love plums and like the tartness of them then you will enjoy this dessert immensely but if not it will be a little tart for you. But I loved this and found it simple and easy to make and will be making it again even if only for 2 of us in the family!

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(15 Jan 2016)