Prune Cake with Buttermilk Topping

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
20 min
45 min

9 by 13-inch cake

  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cup seedless prunes, cut in quarters
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the prunes and nuts. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes up clean.

Meanwhile, combine all the topping ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring for 3 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a rack to cool slightly. Pierce the cake all over with a wooden skewer. Pour the topping evenly over the cake. Serve warm or cool.

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    Mistake made good! 
    Followed recipe BUT forgot to use the prunes. 
    Bottom line...this recipe makes a delicous texture bread. 
    Annie, Fremont, CA
    I lost my old recipe so I looked this one up. It's pretty good, but here are the changes I made: I stewed/puréed 1 cup of prunes, I tripled the topping recipe because the one given here was not enough, I did not add lemon juice.  
    I baked it 45 min. in 350â?¢ oven as written, but the cake was not anywhere near done. It was soupy! I'm pretty sure adding the prunes the way I did had nothing to do with it because, except for the topping/prunes/lemon juice, the recipe is pretty similar to my old one, which called for 8 oz. baby food prunes. So I baked it an additional 20 min. and then it turned out very well. Tripling the topping recipe makes just the right amount.
    My grandmother gave me this recipe years ago. But she stewed her prunes and she sprinkle chopped nuts and coconut on top. It made it more decadent and took the cake to the top.
    Easy, delicous,moist,would not know it was prune cake. It's a keeper. Thanks for sharing

    Easy and excellent. Very moist .
    I have used this recipe since the 70's, I use butter instead of oil, also I mince the prunes, It is an absolutely wonderful old fashioned type cake. When I served it to my young children I called it a spice cake because they thought they didn't like prunes : )
    How would this do in a bundt pan
    This recipe has been in my family fo over 100 years!
    It was given to my moher (93 y/o) by her aunt at least 40 years ago.
    Dosen't last a day at my house!
    Alice Faye Mizell
    Ozark, Albama
    This is one to try. Awesome. I used yogurt in place of buttermilk, but had no problems. A great way to get your fiber.
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    This was always my mother's favorite cake to take to any church function. I loved it too. Even as a young child I can remember loving the cake, but especially the sauce. She made her's in a bundt cake pan and the sauce would "well" in the middle, where I could always find an extra serving of sauce. Prune cake is a great alternative to Christmas fruit cake. YUCK!
    This cake is moist and very delicous,and it does not take long to make. I would recommand this a cake to take to a dinner.
    This is a GOOD cake I like to make it
    Nice rich texture not too sweet, inexpensive and easy to make
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