This moist cake was a favorite of mine as a child - probably because it meant I could have cake for breakfast! Moist, spicy and delicious any time of day!

LauraG

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 - 9 inch tube cake
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch tube pan.

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  • In a large bowl, mix the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and prunes. Sift the flour, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl or onto a sheet of waxed paper. Stir in the dry ingredients 1/3 at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix in the walnuts if using. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the crown of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.

Nutrition Facts

375 calories; protein 5.5g; carbohydrates 46.8g; fat 19.4g; cholesterol 47.3mg; sodium 294.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2011
Oh fuss and bother..."fat content"? don"t eat so much and enjoy Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2011
Oh fuss and bother..."fat content"? don"t eat so much and enjoy Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2008
I thought the fat content was too high. Next time I will try using applesauce instead. This time I used whole wheat flour and yogurt instead of ap flour and buttermilk. the family enjoyed this! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2011
My husband and I love this cake! It is moist and delicious as well as beautiful. I like to change recipes to make them healthier, so for the fat, I used 1/2 cup unsalted butter, about 1/4 cup coconut oil and about 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. For the flour, I used a mixture of white wheat grain, oats and flax that I ground in my VitaMix. I used brown sugar and baked in a large bundt cake pan (see photo above). Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly as written. It was the first time I have ever tried prune cake and I was delighted! I will use this one a lot. It is wonderful with herbal tea. Thank you, LauraT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2011
this is a very good cake moist and the taste is outstanding. I put a glaze on mine yum. My glaze was butter lemon and orange juice sugar and powder sugar did not measure but you should be able to figure it out. I used 1cup of white sugar and a half of a cup of brown sugar and i used a teaspoon of orange extract with the vanilla in the cake batter Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2015
This is so moist and delicious! I made half a recipe for six (6) jumbo muffins that baked perfectly at 350 deg F for 25 min. I replaced the shortening with a small cup of unsweetened apple sauce and 1 tblsp of coconut oil. I cut back on the sugar (which I normally do) by about 1/4 cup using a combination of white and brown sugar and used 1 full tsp of vanilla. I also added the optional walnuts plus 1 tblsp of ground flax seed. I topped the muffins with turbinado sugar and walnuts before baking which gave them a nice crunch. The spice amounts are spot-on for a delicious spice cake taste but even better knowing there are prunes in this (but you would never know it)! I just had one with a hot cup of tea and it was excellent! Thanks for a great recipe LauraT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2012
This is a slightly different version of a recipe that was passed down from my grandma. I use 2 9 inch round pans and ice with the following recipe: 4 tablespoons butter melted, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice, juice from the stewed prunes, confectioners sugar and cinnamon to taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2012
This is a terrific recipe. Super moist and delicious! It makes a lot. I don't have a 9" tube pan so mine ended up in two 9" round pans plus the extra in a bread pan. I baked all three at once for 30 minutes. Also to stew prunes easily try one of these methods: 1) Put them in a pan cover with water and simmer on low for 20-ish minutes or until they look plump. 2) Put them in a container cover them with water and leave them in the fridge overnight. You can also add a touch of lemon juice to either method. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2013
Fortunately the kids who truly do not like prunes LOVE it. Thanks for this great recipe. With the shells of the walnuts I made my 'hair-paint' at the same time. Lovely! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2017
This is delicious. Spice balance is perfect. I used butter instead of shortening and reduce sugar by a half cup, but this was an excellent way to use up a bag of prunes. I will definitely make this again... and again. Great for gatherings because it's a nice big cake when made in a bundt pan. Just really excellent. Read More
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