Quick and Simple Plum Cake

This plum cake is quite easy and quick to make if you use a food processor. It can be mixed by hand as well, it just takes a bit more time.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
12 servings


  • 18 plums, pitted and halved, or as needed

  • ½ lemon, juiced and zested

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • cup buttermilk

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 10-inch springform pan.

  2. Sprinkle prepared plums with lemon juice in a bowl.

  3. Combine flour, butter, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until blended. Process on low speed until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared springform pan.

  4. Arrange plums, cut-side down, on the batter. They can touch or even overlap; the more plums you can fit, the better the cake. Dust with cinnamon.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Notes:

I usually soften butter in the microwave for 12 to 15 seconds (exact time will depend on your microwave), if I forget to take the butter out of the refrigerator in advance.

If you are making the cake by hand, cream softened butter and sugar together, add eggs one at a time, and then the lemon zest. Add the flour (sifted together with baking powder and salt) alternately with the buttermilk, adding a little at a time. Mix until light and smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
9g Fat
40g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 211mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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