Plum walnut cake

 This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been updated with new photos in October 2018 but the recipe remained the same.

I don't know about you but i'm not a big fan of plums,i eat them every now and then but most of the time they are forgotten in the fruit bowl.
This is strange because all my childhood i spent my summer holidays in the countryside and climbing every tree and eating plums straight from the tree was one of the first thing i was doing when i discovered my grandparents' orchard.
Even i don't buy them regularly,when i do and they're ripe, smoothies are the first choice and even so,sometimes i have leftover fruit.And you know leftovers develop great recipes,right?

As for this cake,it works with almost any fruit,pears,peaches,blueberries,pers,figs
you name it.
It's moist,fruity with nutty notes and not too sweet.This cake is delicious served for breakfast alongside a cup of coffee or even a cup of tea .Is also great for a dessert ,served with ice cream or crème fraîche!

Updated recipe

Yield :8 slices

  • 3 eggs(M-L size)
  • 3-4 plums,pitted and sliced
  • 175g all-purpose flour
  • 150g unsalted butter,soften
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 50g walnut kernels 

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF(convection/fan forced mode)
  • Line the botton and sides of a 23 cm(approx.9-inches)springform pan with parchment paper.
  • Place walnut kernels in a food processor and blend until finely groud.I strongly advise you to use walnuts in shell,store-bought walnut kernels taste rancid and i'm pretty sure you don't want a cake with that unpleasant taste.
  • Place butter and sugar into a large bowl.Beat with an electric mixer until creamy.  
  • Add the eggs,one at a time beating well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder on top of the egg mixture,a little at a time, and fold it gently using a silicone spatula.
  • Add ground walnuts and mix gently to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly with a spatula.
  • Arrange sliced plums on top and bake at 180ºC for 40-45 minutes until golden brown on top the toothpick inserted  in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Once baked,release the cake from the springform pan and let it cool on a wire  rack.
  • Sieve some of the icing sugar on top and serve!

That's all, folks!

If you make this recipe,please let me know how it turned out!
Post your version on  instagram,tag @lady.j.bakes or leave me a comment below!


  1. Welcome back, Violeta!
    The plum cake looks gorgeous and nice with a cup of tea!

  2. que saudades! Este regresso é perfeito, com um pé no verão e outro no outono :)

  3. Gorgeous photography! This looks like the perfect holiday treat!

  4. Preparatul e incantator, iar fotografiile sunt superbe, felicitari!

    1. Multumesc mult Simona! Dar e cam slabut în comparatie cu minunatiile de le faci tu...Am zile cand descopar pe blogul tau retete de care nici n-am auzit,si coc prajituri de pe la 15 ani :(

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  6. Hi,Laura!Thank you for your kind words.I intend to post more often this year😊Kind regards from Portugal!

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