Old Fashioned Prune Cake

Old-fashioned prune cake is a classic. Don’t let the name of this cake fool you because it is delicious and you won’t even be able to tell it has prunes in the cake.  Of course if you want, you could always use dates.

My grandmother who is 87 has been making this cake every year for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. You can definitely make this cake several days in advance. It’s one of those cakes that the longer it sets the better it gets. This Old Fashioned Prune Cake is great for potlucks, church dinner or just to share with family.

It will quickly become a family favorite.

Old Fashioned Prune Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Bake Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 14
Author Polly McClung, Grandmother

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted prunes chopped (I used 25 prunes cut in about six pieces each)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup oil I used Canola
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping for Prune Cake

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. I do not use a mixer with this cake. You will need 3 bowls, 1 large mixing bowl and 2 smaller bowls. Put your chopped prunes in one of the small bowls, cover with the cup of buttermilk and set aside.

  2. In the large bowl add together the oil, sugar, and eggs mixing well with a spoon.

  3. In the other bowl combine the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg and use a wire whisk to mix well.

  4. Pour the prunes and milk into the large bowl with the sugar, eggs, and oil. Add the dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon. (I use a wooden spoon). Add vanilla extract and mix. Spray a 9 x 13 cake pan and add the batter. Bake in preheated 325-degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until the center of the cake is done. Add the topping while still warm.

  5. Spray a 9 x 13 cake pan and add the batter. Bake in preheated 325-degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until the center of the cake is done. Add the topping while still warm.

Prune Cake Topping

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Poke holes in the cake and pour over the cake while it is still warm. Topping can also be made in microwave.
  2. Enjoy!!!

Recipe Notes

This is one of those cakes that the longer it sets the better it gets. 

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