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Pflaumenkuchen - Plum Cake with its fruity interior and streusel topping is served up on a stack of white plates on a light gray background.

Plum Cake

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 10
  • Category: Cakes
  • Cuisine: German


Bake this Pflaumenkuchen - Plum Cake recipe that results in a light cake that comes together very quickly and is topped with sliced fresh plums alongside an easy streusel for a fast and satisfying snack cake.


125 grams / 3/4 cup + 1 teaspoon plain flour
4 grams / 1 teaspoon baking powder
125 grams / 2/3 cup superfine/caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely chopped
125 grams / 4.4 ounces butter, softened
2 eggs
800 grams / 1.76 pounds plums, washed and halved
Crumble topping
150 grams / 1 cup - 1 tablespoon plain flour
100 grams / 1/2 cup superfine/caster sugar
100 grams / 3.5 ounces butter, cubed and softened
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon



  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and greaseproof a springform cake tin.
  2. Place the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir together.
  3. Add in the sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest, butter and eggs and combine on low until the batter comes together and there is no dry ingredients remaining in the base of your bowl.
  4. Pour into your cake tin and even out.
  5. Press your plums cut side down evenly into the batter.

Crumble topping

  1. To make the crumble, place the flour, sugar and ground cinnamon into a bowl and stir together.
  2. Add the butter and cut into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a rough crumble.
  3. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the plums.
  4. Place into the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until lightly golden.
  5. Remove and allow to cool before taking out of the cake tin.
  6. Slice it up and serve.
  7. Dig in!


Adapted from Dr Oetker


  • Calories: 384 calories per serve

Keywords: fruit, summer, cake, streusal cake