Sugar Plum Cake Recipe

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My Southern grandmothers taught me to cook when I was a boy. As I grew older, I specialized in cakes, pies and pastries. I bake several of these cakes each Christmas to give as gifts.—Mark Brown, Birmingham, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 jars (6 ounces each) strained plum baby food
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) strained plum-apple baby food
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 280 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, baby food, oil and eggs until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon and cloves; gradually beat into plum mixture until blended. Stir in pecans.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over top and sides of cake. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Sugar Plum Cake in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p47

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saw-whet User ID: 2849135 75607
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"My family thought this was an excellent Christmas cake and especially liked the flavor of the glaze."

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