Grandma’s Plum Cake

My favorite kind of plums are Damson plums. They are very common in Bosnia, where I grew up. Their smell and taste remind me of my childhood and my grandparents.

I was so happy to find them on my Saturday’s visit to our local Farmer’s Market. I decided to make this cake by my grandma’s recipe. Her plum cake is delicious, rich and aromatic, and the whole house was enveloped in its heavenly smell.



  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) Damson plums (washed, pitted and quartered)
  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 5 eggs (divided)
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 6 tbsp (85 g) unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 small lemon (zest and juice)
  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (75 g) walnuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp confectioners sugar (for sprinkling the cake)
Also needed:
  • Parchment paper
  • 9 X 13 inch (23 X 33 cm) rectangular baking pan
1. Wash the plums, dry them, remove pits and quarter them. Mix sugar, vanilla sugar (or extract), cinnamon and sprinkle over plums. Mix well and set aside.
2. For the batter beat egg whites with just a pinch of salt, until shiny and firm. Set aside.
3. Mix egg yolks, sugar and vanilla sugar at a fast rate and until pale yellow, add melted butter and continue mixing for another minute.
4. Fold in (by hand) lemon juice and zest. Also gently fold in flour and at the end egg whites just until combined (Batter needs to look fluffy).
5. Now add the plums into batter and mix them in well (by hand).
6. Pour the batter into 9 X 13 in rectangular baking pan, lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
7. Bake at 395 F (200 C) about 30 minutes. Cool down completely, sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
Damson Plums – fresh from the Farmer’s Market
In the pan and sprinkled with walnuts
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8 thoughts on “Grandma’s Plum Cake

  1. Bam's Kitchen October 10, 2011 at 1:17 am

    There are so many fresh plums and these little tiny ones they call fresh prunes in the fresh markets here in HK. This plum cake looks so moist and a much better option to go with my morning coffee than left over apple pie. “Where is it written you have to cake only for dessert?” Have a great day!

    • Sibella October 10, 2011 at 7:25 am

      Either one sounds good to me! :) I don’t have anything against cake for breakfast! :) Wishing you a great week in HK!

  2. frugalfeeding October 10, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Damsons are incredibly delicious. They are very popular in Britain – I posted a recipe for damson jam a while back, it was INCREDIBLE. These look fantastic.

    • Sibella October 10, 2011 at 7:28 am

      Thanks so much! :) Yes, Damsons are the best! I made same jam as well (in the oven). I will post the recipe soon! Greetings from Indiana!

  3. Deb October 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

    This looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sibella October 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you Debbie! :)

  4. Mama's Gotta Bake November 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I love anything with plums. I will give this a try! Yummy!

  5. Sibella November 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks! I am sure you will love it! :)

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