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Italian Plum Cake

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Chances are you have never had a plum cake like this! Made with delicious Italian Plums, this is the perfect fall recipe that your fam is going to absolutely LOVE! Italian plums are so sweet, they are the perfect compliment to the sweet bread crust.

Italian Plum Cake

Italian Plum Cake

This delicious treat has been in our family for generations. My Great Grandmother immigrated from Germany and like so many others brought along her family food traditions. This is one I am thankful for every year!

How to Make Plum Cake

First, you are going to start with the crust which consists of a simple sweet bread. I always start with scalding the milk which helps make the crust soft and fluffy.

Bring the milk up to 180°F, try not to go any higher, you don’t want it to boil. Pull it off the heat and let it cool while you combine the rest of the ingredients. Using a rapid rise yeast will definitely help to speed up the rising process.

The dough is thicker and less airy than a typical bread dough, which makes for a nice workout while rolling it out, you’re welcome!! 

After the dough has doubled in size roll it out and stretch it to fit in an 11 x 17 inch baking sheet.

Plum cake

Italian Plums

This variety is so sweet and not super juicy, so you won’t have a soggy cake when this is all done and ready to eat. You can easily slice these in half remove the seed and then half again. Quarter slices line up perfectly on the baking sheet.

Plum Cake

Now we are getting to the fun part!! Time to get all those sliced plums lined up on your rolled out dough! Get the kids in there, they love helping with this part!

Now that those are all beautifully lined up it’s time to cover them all with the snowy struesel topping. Now don’t be shy, make it downpour! Who doesn’t love a buttery, sugary crunch on their dessert?!

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the struesel is melted and golden on top.

How to Store Plum Cake

This cake can be covered and stored on the counter top for 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

This is also easy to wrap up in plastic wrap or an air tight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

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Plum Cake

Made with a sweet, bread-like crust and topped with Italian plums, this cake is a sweet treat to make when plums are at their peak season.
Prep Time1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 301kcal


Cake Crust

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Yeast (Rapid Rise)
  • 1/3 C Warm Water
  • 1 tsp White Sugar
  • 1/2 C Scalded Milk
  • 1/3 C Butter
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 1/3 C White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2-2 1/2 C White Flour
  • 3 C Italian Plums sliced in quarters

Cake Topping

  • 1/3 C Butter
  • 1/2 C White Sugar
  • 3/4 C White Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla


For the Crust:

  • 1. Combine the yeast, warm water and teaspoon of sugar and mix until combined. 
    2. Scald the milk and cool to warm, then mix in butter, beaten egg, sugar, salt and 1/2 cup of flour, beat until well combined. 
    3. Add milk mixture to yeast mixture, combine and slowly mix in remaining flour. Dough should become a ball and pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl. 
    5. Cover and let rise in warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour until double in size. 
    6. Grease 11 X 17 inch baking sheet. Knead dough for 1 minute and roll out to 1/2 inch thick and place on greased pan.  Let rise for 20 minutes. 
    7. Cover with plums sliced into quarters 

Cake Topping

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375° F
    2. Place sugar, flour, vanilla and butter in a mixing bowl and cut together using a pastry cutter or knives. Continue until mixture is in small crumbles. 
    3. Sprinkle liberally over the top of the cake
    4. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes


Serving: 0g | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Plum Cake
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