German Plum Cake

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When I lived in Germany, I often ate German Plum Cake (known in German as Pflaumenkuchen or Zwetschenkuchen). I fell in love with the combination of a deliciously moist lemon tart topped with sweet plums baked to perfection.

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My co-worker received a German Plum Cake for her birthday, and we gobbled it right up. I also got to taste them at potlucks and when visiting members of my Church. Every year when the plums ripen, it seems someone offers them to me. This year my neighbor asked if anyone wanted to come and pick plums off of her tree. I did!

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I used the plums to make this delicious recipe a few times. I have made it for my parents, some kids, friends, and for a neighbor family. Everyone I've made it for (including my own children) really love it. If you have a plum tree, or if you like tarts or plums you should give it a try!

Note- A springform pan (10.5 inch) will work best for this recipe. If you don't have one, you could probably use a cake pan and still have it turn out great.

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Directions

Grate lemon peel.

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In a large bowl, cream the butter, add the sugar, vanilla extract (this Mexican vanilla is my favorite), egg, lemon peel/zest, sour cream and salt (if you use unsalted butter).

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Mix/whisk the flour and baking powder in separate bowl.

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Using a fork or spoon, mix the liquid and dry ingredients together in a bowl.

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Grease the base of a round springform baking pan and spread the dough over the pan.


Liberally spread plums over the dough in a tight circular fashion.

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Bake for 30-45 minutes in the middle rack at 375 F or until a toothpick in the center of it comes out clean of dough.

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Allow to cool

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Whip whipping cream until it forms soft peaks. Slowly stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup of sugar. Allow the whipping cream to sit and cool in fridge about 30 minutes before serving so that the sugar dissolves well into the cream and isn't grainy.

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Top the German Plum Cake with whipping cream.

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Enjoy!

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Supplies

10.5 inch Springform pan

kitchen measuring tools

Mixer (for whipping cream)

Mixing bowls—my favorite found here

whisk

Grater (for lemon zest)

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German Plum Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla plus 1 teaspoon vanilla for whipping cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 pinch salt (only if you use unsalted butter)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, rind of
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups plums, pitted and sliced into thin wedges and layered on top—or enough to cover it entirely. I found 12 plums to be sufficient for a 10.5 inch cake
  • 2 cups heaving whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, add the sugar, vanilla, egg, lemon peel, sour cream and salt (if desired).
  2. Mix the flour and baking powder with whisk then add it into the liquid mixture stir well.
  3. Grease the base of a round springform baking pan and spread the dough over the pan.
  4. Liberally spread plums over the dough in a tight circular fashion.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes in the middle rack at 375 F or until a toothpick in the center of it comes out clean of dough.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. Whip whipping cream until it forms soft peaks. Slowly stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup of sugar. Allow the whipping cream to sit and cool in fridge for about 30 minutes before serving so that the sugar dissolves well into the cream and isn't grainy.
  8. Top the German Plum Cake with whipping cream and enjoy!

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