Spiced Plum Cake

top view of spiced plum cake topped with almonds and plums

Tis’ the season of plums! My favorite season. This spiced plum cake is so warm and comforting. I love to enjoy it when it has just cooled to room temperature with a cup of tea or coffee. Last year around this time, I actually discovered I was a few weeks pregnant with our baby boy. My craving was plums! I had several plums every day until the season was over. A year later, and I still enjoy eating a plum a day. They are so juicy, tangy, and sweet all at the same time. How can you not like them?

There are different types of plums but my favorite for this recipe is the red or purple ones! The spices in the cake are very reminiscent of fall. There is cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom which come together so beautifully and really bring a comforting feeling to this cake. Plum slices that have been soaked in these warm spices top the spiced plum cake batter for a delicious and gorgeous touch.

I really hope you make this cake with the beautiful seasonal plums. If you love simple cakes, here are a few others you should try: Olive citrus cake, Chocolate Banana bread, almond cake, date cake

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Spiced Plum Cake

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: plum cake, plum desserts, plum recipes, spiced plum cake


  • 1/2 cup Light Olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Light Brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Flavoring
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Orange juice & zest

Plum Topping

  • 4 Red Plums, ripe, cut into 8 sliced
  • 1/4 cup Slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Orange's juice
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar


  • In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the plum topping. Set aside as you work on the batter.
  • In another large bowl, cream together the sugar and olive oil. Then, beat the eggs and vanilla with the sugar and olive oil. I do this using a paddle attachment with my kitchenaid.
  • Add the fresh orange juice and zest along with the cardamom and cinnamon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Then, add the flour and baking powder and stir until you have a creamy batter
  • Place the cake batter in an 8 inch greased baking pan preferally springform.
  • Top the batter with the plum slices skin side up and overall plum topping mixture to cover the top of the cake batter. You can do this in uniform or freehand.
  • Bake in a 350 F for about 50-55 minutes. This is dependent on your oven. The cake would be lightly browned and baked throughout.
  • Allow for the cake to cool before taking out of the pan and slicing. Enjoy as is or with a dollop and fresh whipped cream with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Store leftovers room temperatture covered for one day or in the fridge for 2-3 days. This is best fresh, same day.


This cake can be made with other seasonal fruits such as peaches. Fruits must be ripe as that is when they are naturally sweet and quicker to bake.
spiced plum cake
spiced plum cake

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