Dairy Free Plum Cake

| Bakery Life, IrelandAM, Recipe

A simple cake, the plums can be substituted with chopped apples, blueberries or raspberries. Ideal for afternoon tea or for something sweet in the lunchbox.


I demonstrated this recipe on Virgin Media One IrelandAM on Thursday 11th November.

Preheat oven to 175C

Line an 8” square baking pan with parchment paper.


 225g Plain Flour
¼ teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Mixed spice
2 Eggs
170g Caster Sugar
60ml Vegetable oil
½ teaspoonVanilla extract
3 Plums sliced


  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and mixed spice in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and sugar on a high speed until pale and fluffy.
  • Reduce the speed of the mixer and slowly pour in the oil. Add the vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on slow add in the flour mix and beat until just combined.
  • Carefully fold in the sliced plums by hand and then spread the mixture into the lined tin.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden and a cake tester or skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in the cake pan, then turn out and cut into squares or bars.
  • Liberally dust the tops with icing sugar.

Delicious served still warm from the oven with a dollop of whipped fresh cream – although this means it is no longer dairy free!



Plum Cake

| IrelandAM, Recipe

plum-cakeThis is the cake I made on TV3’s IrelandAM 3/11/16

This is such an easy bake, using an all-in-one sponge mix base.

The plums can be substituted with lots of other fruits such as apples, pears, peaches, blackberries – the choice is yours!

You could throw on a combination of fruits or use well-drained tinned fruit.

This cake will taste even better the day after baking as the plum juice seeps into the sponge.


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180g plain flour

180g caster sugar

180g butter

3 eggs 

1 tsp baking powder

Drop of vanilla extract

8 plums (halved)

2 Tbsp caster sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon mixed 

Optional to finish –  melted apricot jam to glaze finished cake, or you can drizzle with an icing sugar and water icing.


Preheat oven to 180 degrees. 

Line the bottom of a 9″ springform cake tin with parchment paper and grease the sides

In a stand mixer (or use a bowl & hand mixer) combine sifted flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, eggs and a drop of vanilla extract. Mix until a smooth cake batter is formed. 

Transfer the batter into your cake tin and smooth off the top. 

Cut the plums into half and remove the stone. 

Place the plums cut side down on top of the cake batter, covering the top, or you can slice the plums and place in a spiral pattern on top

file-03-11-2016-13-32-12Sprinkle on 2 tbsp of the cinnamon sugar mix

Bake in the oven for 45-50 mins until golden brown and sponge baked all the way through. 

To give the cake a shine you can brush the top of the cake with melted apricot jam. Or you can make a thin icing with icing sugar and water and drizzle over the top. 

The cake can be served warm with custard, or leave to cool, drizzle with icing and serve with a nice dollop of whipped cream!