Plum Poppy Seed Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.


15 servings

Updated: Nov. 15, 2023
You can also use nectarines or even apricots in this recipe, but plums and poppy seeds are the most traditional Polish version of this dessert. One tip: Do not push the plums into the batter. Just let them sit on top. They will sink in a bit as they bake. —Lisa Kaminski, Wauwatosa, WI


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 5 small plums (about 1 pound), sliced
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat sugar, eggs and oil until lemon-colored and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in orange zest and vanilla.
  2. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; fold into egg mixture. Stir in poppy seeds. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan, spreading evenly. Arrange plum slices over batter (do not press into batter).
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and additional cinnamon before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 284 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.