Fresh Plum Bundt Cake

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If there’s one dessert I simply can’t get enough of, it’s pie. All kinds, all sizes, all fillings. I’m not picky when it comes to a freshly baked pie (well, except for the kind served on Sweeney Todd, I might not entertain those). As much as I love this dessert, my husband hates it just as much. It starts with his “disdain” for cooked fruit and then moves to the fact he just doesn’t like pie crust.

plum cake

That’s my life, friends. I live with a man who doesn’t really like pie crust.

Fluffy plum cake

But marriage is learning to compromise and make desserts not just you’ll like, but they’ll like to. Which frankly sucks because it’s Thanksgiving and how on earth can one possibly enjoy this holiday without pie.

Plum upside down cake

Before I break out into a tangent on that, let’s go back to the cooked fruit. You may have noticed I put “disdain” in quotation marks because it seems he only dislikes cooked fruit when it’s in a pie. Apple cake, upside down cakes, fruit filled muffins and the like disappear the same day I make them around here and I’m DEFINITELY not the only one eating them.

Plum bundt cake

So, armed with this knowledge, I decided to whip up a little holiday cake this season that is filled with luscious cooked fruit. And yesterday when he got home, he went right to my studio set up (which is where I leave the desserts I’ve made for the day), cuts a slice and eats it right from his hands. I couldn’t help but laugh because this cake is LOADED with fresh and juicy cooked plums.

Plum and mixed nut cake

My next plan of attack now is to somehow disguise cooked fruit into a pie made entirely of chocolate with a shortbread crust. Don’t ask me how, but that’s my next mission. If he eats it, this whole “hatred of pie thing “will be officially thrown out the window and every night until Thanksgiving I’ll be forcing pie down his throat.

I promise he lives in a safe environment, no need to call a domestic report on us. Yet. We’ll see what happens after this pie-force-feeding experiment, though.

Fresh Plum Upside Down Cake

plum and nut cake


Serves about 10. Slightly adapted from My Recipes.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 32 – 35 minutes


  • 1 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup full-fat Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 plums, rinsed and thinly sliced

For the topping: 

  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts (I used this blend from Harry & David)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Liberally spray a bundt cake pan (this is my favorite!) with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flours and baking powder together. Mix in the pumpkin pie spice. Mix in the honey. In the same bowl, add two tablespoons of cold butter and cut in using a pastry knife. Then add the two tablespoons of applesauce and stir to combine.
  3. In another bowl, mix the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract and egg, whisk to combine. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine until a thick batter forms. Arrange 95% of plum slices over the cake batter (you want the rest for the topping).
  4. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Mix in the brown sugar and stir to combine. Pour the sugar mixture over the plums.
  5. Bake for about 32 -35 minutes, or until cake is browned and the topping is bubbling and sugar is crystalized. Let cool in plan completely (for about an hour).
  6. Once cooled, carefully remove from the pan and place on a wire cooling rack.
  7. To make the topping, whisk the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla until a thick glaze forms. Pour over the cake and garnish with chopped nuts and remaining plums, chopped. Serve immediately.

Nutritional information per slice:

Calories: 299
Fat: 10 grams
Carbohydrates: 49
Fiber: 1.5
Protein: 4.9
Weight Watchers Points: 8

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  1. Posted by The Food Hunter on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    what an interesting cake...i've never baked with plums before
  2. Posted by Bea on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    Nice work on getting your DH to eat cooked fruit :) ~ I love plums and this sounds amazing.
  3. Posted by Angie on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    What a pretty bundt cake! I love those plums!
  4. Friday, November 14th, 2014
    That's hilarious about your husband. My boyfriend hates fruit in anything other than baked items. One of my favorite quinoa creations has dried apricots and almonds and he picks out the apricots. Last night we went to a restaurant and he ordered a side of quinoa that had dried apricot in it and he devoured it. He said it was the best quinoa he's ever had and when I side eyed him he said oh, maybe I do like it. Haha.
  5. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    I'll take your husband's portion...this looks fantastic!
  6. Posted by Sam @ PancakeWarriors on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    This is beautiful! I love plums and would happily eat this entire cake. Good luck with the hubby!!
  7. Friday, November 14th, 2014
    I'm sad to say I've never baked with plums before, but I love them! They are my favorite fruit. Time to try this cake!
  8. Friday, November 14th, 2014
    Cooked fruit is my favorite! Pie, cake, cobblers...whatever. If it has a warm fruit filling, I'm in! This looks absolutely incredible.
  9. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    Hahaha you are so cute!! The man doesn't like pie crust, wow, that is a surprise and a bummer but you make it work for love right? My man loves all things made with sugar and white flour and I am sugar free, gotta love the irony!
  10. Posted by Medeja on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    I love how the plum tastes! Your bundt cake looks really tempting!
  11. Posted by Ginny McMeans on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    Boy I do a lot of compromising in the food department too! You really made an exceptional cake here and we can eat it all without the husbands :)
  12. Posted by Heather / girlichef on
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    Men ;). One can hardly blame him, though - I want to scarf a piece of that gorgeous cake down right this minute. And I'm in the LOOOOOOVE PIE school, too.
  13. Posted by Lynn on
    Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    While I adore cooked fruit in desserts and main dishes, I am also not a big fan of pie crust. I used to eat the 'middle' of the pie as a child but now can manage eating the bottom crust as well. I just discovered a recipe for an apple pie crumb cake that uses apple crumb topping as the crust. Love plums and will be baking this cake soon!
  14. Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    this sounds like my boyfriend- he doesnt not like them in cakes, cupcakes, muffins either. plums in this cake looks lovely..
  15. Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    I can see myself serving this for Sunday brunch book club with espresso. Gorgeous!
  16. Posted by Rachel Cooks on
    Sunday, November 16th, 2014
    This looks so good. I would always choose pie over cake. Don't worry, you'll have hubby converted soon.
  17. Sunday, November 16th, 2014
    My husband is also not a lover of pie. Then again, he doesn't like buttercream either so I have to question his taste. Regardless, this cake is making it to our Thanksgiving menu. It looks perfect!
  18. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Sunday, November 16th, 2014
    Dude. I want to face plant into the cake!
  19. Sunday, November 16th, 2014
    This is a stunning cake!!! I adore plums - this recipe is a must make!
  20. Monday, November 17th, 2014
    We have the opposite problem in our household...I hate pie (with the exception of something chocolate/peanut buttery with a graham cracker crust), but my husband loves it! I think this will be the perfect compromise! :)
  21. Posted by Angela {Mind Over Batter} on
    Monday, November 17th, 2014
    Haha!! Glad he's finally converted. I can't wait to hear you say you're shoving pie down his throat! Anyway, I would gladly eat this entire cake.
  22. Posted by Kim Beaulieu on
    Monday, November 17th, 2014
    This is SO gorgeous. It just screams "eat me". I think I need to run into my kitchen immediately and make this.
  23. Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    Gorgeous cake! I'm not much of a pie crust fan either but this cake....OMG!