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Prune Cake with Glaze

This cake recipe was given to me years ago by a friend, who got it from her mother. I'm 82 years old, have been married 57 years and still enjoy baking this cake for my husband.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dried plums (prunes), cooked
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first six ingredients. Add oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla; mix well. Fold in prunes and nuts. Pour into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, 45 minutes. Meanwhile, combine all topping ingredients in a saucepan. bring to a boil and boil 2 minutes. Pour over hot cake. Leave in pan to cool.
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  • Ann
    May 30, 2018

    This is the cake I grew up on. I am 60 years old. My mother lost her copy of the recipe in a flood and passed away many years later. I am so happy to find it again. Thanks for posting this.

  • mk1967
    Jul 19, 2014

    I grew up eating this has always been one of my favorites. My mother passed the recipe down to me. However, rather than the pitted prunes as called for in this recipe, we use 1 large jar of prune baby food. Although "yummy" is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "Prune Cake" ...try it once and you will be hooked is out of this world fabulous!!

  • BeautifulBlonde
    Apr 1, 2011

    Goes to show old recipes are the best!!! This cake is moist, rich and yummy! Warning: I gained one lb. for each is so good!