Plum & Almond Cake

For the past several years, I’ve been posting some fruit-based cake recipes during Christmas time. The reason being, I’ve noticed many people aren’t big fans of raisins, so traditional fruit cake is ‘no’ for them. 

This year, I want to share this Plum & Almond Cake recipe with you. It’s a fabulous cake if I say so myself. We really loved it! The look, the taste, the texture, everything is absolutely spot on. And what’s more, it’s a super simple bake that looks just WOW!! The layered plums with the toasted almonds on the top and that golden hue of the cake is a treat for the eyes!

Now, let me tell you something… have you started your holiday baking? I hope you’ve soaked the fruits for this traditional fruit cake!

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While I was taking pictures of the cake, I couldn’t resist myself. After clicking 4 or 5 pictures, I stopped. I went ahead cut a big slice for myself, heartily enjoyed it! There’s something so wonderful about eating a warm cake (how can you resist!?). 

It was pure goodness and I so badly wanted to share it with someone immediately, so I called my friend, asked her whether she was home… packed some cake for her, went straight to give it to her.

That’s when I realized I’ve left the photo session midway!! I rushed back and got around to finishing it. See that’s how much I enjoyed this cake. I do hope you’ll also love it.

Please do bake it and let me know what you think in the comments section.

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Recipe from here

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Plum And Almond Cake

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Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 5 small plums (refer notes)
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 125 grams 4 oz unsalted butter (softened)
  • 100 grams ½ cup caster sugar (refer notes for substitute)
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind (refer notes)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup self raising flour (refer notes for substitute)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup 35 g finely ground whole almonds
  • 60 mls ¼ cup milk or plain yogurt (I used milk)
  • 2 tbsp Almond Flakes (optional, but recommended)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line the base and sides of a 16 cm springform tin with baking paper.
  • Cut the plums in half and remove the pits. Slice each plum half into quarters and sprinkle a tablespoon of caster sugar over the plums (refer notes). Set aside.
  • To make the cake, cream the butter, sugar and lemon rind together in a bowl until light and fluffy.
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  • Add the eggs and mix until combined well.
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  • Sift the flour and baking powder together and stir through the ground almonds. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk to make a soft batter.
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  • Spoon the batter into the lined tin.
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  • Decoratively arrange the plum slices over the top of the cake, gently pressing the plums down into the batter. Bake the cake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until the cake tests cooked when a skewer is inserted into it.
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  • Cool the cake in the tin for about 15 minutes before turning out to cool on a wire rack.


 I used 2 medium – big size plums.
I sprinkled the caster sugar on plums only after arranging it on top of the cake.
Used lemon rind of 1 lemon. 
Baked at 180 C for 45 – 47 mins. Last 3 mins only broiling to brown the top.
Used 7 inch aluminium cake tin with high sides. Grease the tin generously. 
Substitution for self raising flour – to get 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder+ 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup all purpose flour. Substitution for caster sugar: to get 1 cup caster sugar. process 1 cup granulated sugar (usual sugar) in a food processor/mixer until fine, but don't powder it like icing sugar.
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4 thoughts on “Plum & Almond Cake”

  1. I made the cake yest..consistency was perfect but it tasted bitter less sweet..bcoz of lemon rind.may be it was a little more..1lemon..I added as you said


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