Serve this Plum Kuchen for Breakfast or Dessert!  Any plum will do for this recipe.  In fact, you can mix them for a contrast of flavor and color.  I would recommend you peel the plums if you don’t like tart desserts.  But if you do then a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream will help balance the flavors.  I love the look of this cake.  It makes such a pretty presentation and was VERY easy to make.

Plum Kuchen - Lady Behind The Curtain

Plum Kuchen - Lady Behind The Curtain

This Plum Kuchen has a wonderful spicy batter for the crust, add slices of plum in a spiral design  for a pretty presentation with a sprinkling of a lemon sugar mixture on top.

Plum Kuchen - Lady Behind The Curtain

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Plum Kuchen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: Serves 10

Plum Kuchen


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds plums, quartered and pitted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cardamom.
  3. Whisk together.
  4. Cut in 4 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. Combine milk, vanilla, and egg in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  6. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, and stir until just combined.
  7. Spoon batter into a 9-inch round metal cake pan coated with cooking spray ( I used a spring form pan).
  8. Arrange plums in a circular pattern over batter.
  9. Combine remaining 2/3 cup sugar, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, lemon rind, and allspice in a small bowl, stirring well.
  10. Microwave remaining 3 tablespoons butter until the butter melts.
  11. Stir into sugar mixture.
  12. Sprinkle plums evenly with sugar mixture.
  13. Bake 35 minutes or until browned and bubbling.
  14. Cool in pan 1 hour.
  15. Cut into wedges.


This recipe is from Lady Behind The Curtain



Plum Kuchen — 15 Comments

  1. Oh my this would win in our county fair kuchen contest this weekend. LOVE it and I’m definitely going to give it a try. There is “prune kuchen” on the prairie where I live but never fresh plum kuchen. Can’t wait. I found your blog via Two Maids a Milking baking linky. Now following! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. That looks delicious! I have a recipe for cherry kuchen but have never thought to put plums in. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. This is a beautiful dessert. I love plums but I’ve never cooked with them. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  4. Found this morning while searching peach kuchen recipes–made it substituting the plums with peaches–amazing!! Loved it!! Definitely keeping this one, thanks!

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