Nana Russell's plum cake

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

A simple plum cake that highlights the beauty and flavour of plums.

Yields 8-10


  • 60 g butter, at room temperature
  • 112 g sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 170 g self raising (cake and pastry) flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 5-6 plums, halved and pitted
  • caster sugar for sprinkling on top of the plums.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Butter and flour an 8" square baking tin.
  3. With electric beaters, cream butter, sugar and lemon zest.
  4. Add the eggs one at time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add half the flour and continue to mix with a wooden spoon.
  6. Add half the milk gradually and continue to mix until just combined.
  7. Add the rest of the flour and mix well.
  8. Add the rest of the milk and mix until well combined.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.
  10. Place the plum halves, cut side up, on top of the cake batter.
  11. Sprinkle the plum halves with a little caster sugar.
  12. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the cake is golden brown on top.
  13. Serve warm.


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