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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Plum Cake

I was reading some one's blog the other day and saw this Marion Burros plum torte (cake).  I'll be darned if I can remember whos' blog I was reading.  If it's yours, slip me a note and I'll credit it.  I made Marion's cake years and years ago and had all but forgotten about this recipe.  Thankfully I was reminded, since I have buckets of wild plums that we picked last weekend sitting around, needing to be made into something.  So..... I made a couple of cakes (remember; lots of plums).  It's fast, easy, and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry.  No plums (I'm so sorry)?  Substitute any stone fruit.

I serve this cake a'la'mode; top it with a really good vanilla bean ice cream.  The plums are tart, the cake is so slightly sweet, and the sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on the top warms the cake up.  It's the perfect fall dessert; homey and comforting, served warm or cold.  
 I made two and froze them. I might have to make a few more if the plums hold out.
Marian Burros Original Plum Torte

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup unbleached flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
24 halves pitted purple plums
Sugar and cinnamon for topping.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream sugar and butter in a bowl. Add flour, baking powder, salt and eggs, and beat well.

3. Spoon the batter into a spring form of 8, 9 or 10 inches. Place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, or to taste.

4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Remove and cool; refrigerate or freeze if desired (but first, double-wrap the tortes in foil, place in a plastic bag, and seal). Or cool to lukewarm, and serve.

5. To serve a torte that has been frozen, defrost and reheat it briefly at 300 degrees.

Yield: 8 servings.


  1. Hi Bonnie! What a great use of plums! I was justing thinking, "I wish I had access to some of Bonnie's creations." Yes, I wish I was your neighbor. I'd just "happen" by to share a cup of tea and a goodie! Now to look at the sunsets.

  2. Oh yum! I love fruity cakes like this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I can't wait to try your recipe. I have four cups of purple plums saved in the freezer. I will be making a Plum Pie for Christmas:)

  4. These cakes look so good! I usually do not purchase plums, but I will be baking this cake, so I'd better add one more item to my grocery list.

  5. I never got around to making anything with my plums this year. This loks delicious!
    PS I emailed you last week...can you check your email, pleeease :)

  6. No plums here. You lucky, lucky girl -- that looks delicious!!!

  7. These look so good! My husband loves plums and this looks like the perfect way to have them so the kids will enjoy them, too. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a beautiful cake. Wish I had these cakes in my freezer!

  9. This reminds me of the plum tortes that our neighbours would make when we lived in Germany - yummy.

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  11. This looks SO GOOD it is making my mouth water. I have some frozen plums. Do you think they would work, or would they be too mushy?

    I'm having guests here to help pregnancy test cows so I am baking/coking today for Monday.


  12. Those are so pretty and looks really delicious.

  13. These are beautiful cakes! I love the fact that they are so FULL of fruit!

  14. On Saturday I baked this delicious Plum Cake! Tonight, we'll enjoy the remaining two slices. It is so tasty that I need to purchase more plums and bake two cakes to freeze. Thank you!

  15. Judy, So glad you enjoyed it. It does freeze well. Thanks for letting me know how much you liked it.