Plum Cake

Hello! I thought I would take a break in-between my travel diary posts to give you my favourite recipe of the moment - super delicious plum cake! My mother grabbed this recipe from an issue of Martha Stewart Living a few years back and it's a real gem. I don't know about you but usually when I try one of Martha Stewarts recipes things do not go well. I truly think Martha leaves important instructions/ingredients out of her recipes just so no one can ever truly recreate her masterpieces (I have a love/hate relationship with her). Anyways, this is the one Martha Stewart recipe I've tried that always goes over very well. The cake is soft and sweet with a crunchy outer layer with thinly sliced plums fanned over top. One great thing about this recipe is that you can go ahead and top it with whatever fruit you have laying about. I've tried with plums, nectarines and cherries and they all came out great. I can't wait for Autumn so I could try a version with apples or pears. So exciting!

Martha Stewart's Plum Cake -


4 TBSP unsalted butter, room temperature + more for the pan
1 cup all-purpose flour + more for the pan
1/2 TSP baking powder
1/4 TSP baking soda
1/2 TSP coarse salt
3/4 sugar + more for sprinkling over top
1 large egg
1/2 cup butter milk (or 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 TBSP white vinegar mixed in - sit for 10 minutes)
2-3 ripe plums (or whatever fruits you have on hand), thinly sliced


1 - Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 8-9 inch cake pan and dust with flour. Tap out any excess.
2 - Whisk together your dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Using your electric mixer on medium speed, cream together your butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg. In three additions add in your dry ingredients mixture, alternating with your buttermilk.
3 - Pour your batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top over with an offset spatula or a knife. Fan your thinly sliced plums (or whatever fruit you have) over top and sprinkle with sugar.
4 - Pop your pan in the oven of 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy!

Thank you for reading! x


  1. *mouth waters*... This looks SO tasty. ♥

    Holly | http://touchofcrimson.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. Oh this looks lovely! I need to give this a go! Great post!! Just followed! -- Lindsey xx


  3. that is looking delicious, may i have a slice please ? :)
    Love from France, Victoria


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