Rustic and Comforting Plum Cake Recipe











Dive into the sweetness of this rustic plum cake, blending juicy plums with a hint of sour cream and a nutty base, perfect for any dessert table. It’s a lacto-ovo vegetarian delight that brings warmth to any gathering.


Step 1: Preparing the base

Begin your plum cake adventure by taking a large bowl, sifting 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 cup of sugar. Then, cut in 1/2 cup of butter using a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. This step is crucial for creating that perfect crumbly texture we all love in a cake base. Once done, crack one egg into the bowl and stir it lightly with a fork to incorporate it into the flour mixture, bringing it together into a dough. The trick here is not to overmix, as we're aiming for a tender base.
Pro Tip: Cold butter is key for a flaky crust; refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 2: Forming the cake base

Now, take this dough and pat it gently into a 9" quiche pan. Spread it evenly at the bottom and a little up the sides to hold our luscious plum filling later. Sprinkle the top evenly with 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, adding a delightful crunch and nutty flavor that complements the plums beautifully. The tactile sensation of pressing the dough sets the stage for a deliciously textured cake.
Pro Tip: Use the back of a spoon to create an even base.

Step 3: Adding the plums

It's time to layer those juicy halved plums on top of the nut-sprinkled base. Arrange them cut side up, nestling them into the dough. This step isn't just about taste—it's about creating a visually appealing pattern that will make your cake a standout on any dessert table. As you press each plum half into the dough, imagine the burst of juicy tartness in every bite, contrasting with the sweet and creamy filling to come.
Pro Tip: Choose ripe but firm plums for the best flavor and presentation.

Step 4: Creating the filling

In a separate bowl, whisk together two large eggs, 1 cup of sour cream, and another sprinkle of sugar until smooth. This creamy mixture is the heart of the cake, bringing all the components together into a symphony of flavors. Pour this love-infused concoction over the arranged plums, ensuring it seeps into every nook and cranny. Here, patience and a gentle hand will serve you well, as you coax the filling to envelop the plums in a velvety embrace, setting the stage for a delicious bake.
Pro Tip: Tap the pan gently to remove any air bubbles in the filling.

Step 5: Baking to perfection

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), a moderate temperature that allows the cake to bake gently, ensuring the filling sets without the fruits losing their integrity. Slide the pan into the oven and bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The cake is ready when it's beautifully risen, with a golden hue and the plums tender and bubbly. For a final touch of magic, increase the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C) and bake for an additional 10 minutes, allowing the top to gain a slightly crisp, golden texture. The transformation from raw ingredients to a decadent, rustic plum cake is a testament to the joy of baking.
Pro Tip: Use a skewer to check doneness— it should come out clean.