If you are looking for a super easy, incredibly delicious and kid approved summer dessert, you’ve found it! We’ve been eating this plum cake since I was a little girl and I always remember how sweet the plums tasted after being baked and how incredibly moist and fluffy the inside of the cake was. My mom was gracious enough to share this recipe with me and now I am sharing it with all of you. This summery plum cake is one of my favourite desserts, and my kids definitely give this one the thumbs up.
Just recently we hosted one of my dearest friends over for the kids first sleepover; 4 kids in total and pure insanity. We cooked some of our favourite dishes, including sazon chicken, mini baked potatoes, an amazing corn and bean salad I will be sharing shortly and for dessert we had plum cake. The kids went gaga over this cake, my friends daughter who just recently turned a year ate two slices and my little one followed close behind. The boys loved it as well and pretty sure that three quarters of the cake was done before the night ended.
This is one of those fool proof cakes that I pretty much guarantee will turn out perfectly. For the top layer of the cake you arrange it with fresh firm plums. Once baked the juices from the plums are released and it adds a tangy sweetness to it. For the batter I used a few simple pantry ingredients including vanilla yogurt (this is what makes it so moist), eggs, sugar, olive oil, flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar. If you’ve never baked with vanilla sugar, you can find it at most supermarkets and it usually comes in little packages, I’ve linked it for you just in case you are not familiar. Making the batter usually only takes 15 minutes or so and then it’s just a matter of assembling the cake. Take the time to slice the plums (not too thin, but not too thick either), and arrange them beautifully on top of the batter. In the past I have baked this in a rectangular pan, but always find that a round pan presents itself more nicely.
If you are hosting friends or family for dinner or dessert shortly, make this cake! Seriously! It looks like a stunner and everyone will be super impressed! Enjoy!
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- 1 cup vanilla yogurt (do not use Greek Yogurt); I use Activia Vanilla
- 2 room temperature eggs
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla sugar packet
- ½ cup oil
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 6-7 plums, cut into thicker slices
- Butter, for greasing pan
- Breadcrumbs, for pan (this ensures that the batter does not stick to the pan)
- Thoroughly grease either a round spring foam pan or a rectangle pan with butter. Once the pan is thoroughly greased, sprinkle with a handful of breadcrumbs and ensure that it is evenly coated. The breadcrumbs help ensure that the batter does not stick to the pan and that it comes out beautifully once fully baked so be diligent here.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the granulated sugar and eggs and mix well until light and mixed thoroughly.
- Add the vanilla yogurt and oil and mix until the ingredients are well incorporated.
- In a separate large bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
- With the mixer on the lowest setting, gradually (1/2 cup at a time), add the flour and baking powder mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly until everything is well incorporated and the batter turns thicker.
- At the very end, add the packet of vanilla sugar and mix until incorporated.
- Transfer the batter to the greased pan and with a spatula spread the batter around so that it covers the complete surface area of the pan. At this time it may not look like a lot of cake, but trust me, it will rise and cover the whole pan!
- Lastly neatly arrange the sliced plums, ensuring that they slightly overlap each other all around the cake. If you are using a round pan, ensure that you cover the whole top surface of the batter. If you leave any area uncovered, the uncovered batter will rise and puff up, while the batter with the plums on top of it will stay down due to the juices that the plums release. If you are using a rectangular pan, feel free to just make rows and now worry if the rows of plums touch as this has no impact on the cake.
- Once your plums are arranged, place in oven on the lowest rack and bake at 350 degrees for approx 55 minutes.
- Once finished baking you can sprinkle powdered sugar over it for that added touch!