Prune and Spice Cake

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This is a moist and tasty cake that we used to eat for breakfast when I was a child. I am not sure why this one is deemed suitable for breakfast but I wasn't going to argue about it.

    10 people made this

    Makes: 16 

    • 250g butter
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 1/3 cups stewed prunes, diced
    • 2 1/3 cups (300g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 1/3 cups (325ml) buttermilk
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 22cm ring tin.
    2. In a large bowl mix the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.
    3. Mix in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla and prunes.
    4. Sift the flour, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl or onto a sheet of baking paper.
    5. Stir in the dry ingredients 1/3 at a time into the wet ingredients alternating with the buttermilk.
    6. Mix in the walnuts if using. Pour batter into the prepared cake tin.
    7. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the crown of the cake comes out clean.
    8. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.

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    Oh fuss and bother..."fat content"? don"t eat so much and enjoy  -  14 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I thought the fat content was too high. Next time, I will try using applesauce instead. This time, I used whole wheat flour and yogurt instead of ap flour and buttermilk. the family enjoyed this!  -  13 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My husband and I love this cake! It is moist and delicious as well as beautiful. I like to change recipes to make them healthier, so for the fat, I used 1/2 cup unsalted butter, about 1/4 cup coconut oil and about 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. For the flour, I used a mixture of white wheat grain, oats and flax that I ground in my VitaMix. I used brown sugar and baked in a large bundt cake pan (see photo above). Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly as written. It was the first time I have ever tried prune cake and I was delighted! I will use this one a lot. It is wonderful with herbal tea. Thank you, LauraT!  -  22 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)