Prune Cake with Glaze

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.

Makes

16 servings

Updated: Apr. 13, 2023
This prune 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. —Laura Olson, Mesa, Arizona
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Ingredients

  • 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 canola 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
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first 6 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, about 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.
Prune Cake Tips

How should you cook the prunes for this prune cake recipe?

Prunes are dried plums, so by cooking them, you’re basically rehydrating and softening them. You can buy cooked prunes at the store—look for cans or jars labeled as stewed or ready-to-eat and come in a syrup or juice. You’ll also want to be sure to buy pitted prunes so that you don’t have to go to the trouble of removing all the pits. All this being said, it’s incredibly easy to cook your own at home. To cook prunes, combine 2 cups water per pound of dried prunes in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and let cool. To enhance the flavor of the cake further, you can add spices and lemon juice, as we do in our recipe for spiced prunes.??
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How should you serve prune cake?

You can serve this prune cake either warm or cool; however, serving it hot is not recommended for two reasons. First, you’ll want to be sure to allow enough time for the glaze to fully absorb into the cake. And second, this cake is quite moist, so you want to give it enough cooling time so it doesn’t crumble when cut. It has its own glaze, so it doesn’t need a sauce, but a scoop of vanilla ice cream would go nicely alongside it.?

How should you store prune cake?

The best way to store this cake is to cover the pan or to place it in an airtight container, such as a cake keeper, at room temperature. It'll stay fresh for up to five days. Because of the glaze, avoid wrapping it in plastic; this will prevent sticking. If you do want to wrap and freeze pieces, first wrap them in waxed paper or parchment, then place them in an airtight container or freezer bag.? ? Looking for the best way to store all your baked goods? See our guide.

Hazel Wheaton, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 437 calories, 25g fat (6g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 351mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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