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Fresh Plum Kuchen

In late summer when plums are in season, this tender fruit-topped cake is delectable! The plum slices look so appealing arranged in circles on top. For variety, I sometimes substitute fresh pear or apple slices instead. —Anna Daley, Montague, Prince Edward Island
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups sliced fresh plums (about 4 medium)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine flour and baking powder; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Add lemon zest. Pour into a greased 10-in. springform pan. Arrange plums on top; gently press into batter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan; remove sides. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 185 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Visa
    Sep 25, 2020

    Excellent and easy recipe! I had a bunch if plums from our tree to use up and stumbled upon this recipe. The cake has a tender crumb and baked up nicely. I noticed the recipe was missing salt so I added a good pinch to flour mixture and added a bit of almond and vanilla extract. Couldn't find my springform pan so I used a ceramic tart pan instead. Worked great! I can see this recipe modified many ways to make quick and delicious desserts. Will definitely make again with other fruit and flavor combos.

  • Joan
    Aug 20, 2017

    This is a wonderful cake, I made last night for dinner at a friends house.I used 1 1/2 cups almond flour and much more plums than it calls for.It was such a hit, thank you very much.

  • kparmar24
    Feb 3, 2017

    Nice Recipe

  • MrsMattyPhoto
    Aug 20, 2016

    Someone brought in tons of plumbs to work so I took some home not knowing what I'd do with them. Luckily that same date TOH posts this lovely recipe. Super easy and quick, and OMG so good. perfectly tart and sweet. The lemon peel really gives it a kick, don't skip. You could totally do this with any other fruit I think. It feels like a good holiday dessert so I plan to make again and again.

  • Jillysback
    Sep 9, 2013

    I had an abundance of plums and peaches to use so I tried 4 different kuchen recipes that I found online. This one was by FAR the best! I served it to company and I was a star! I used both plums and peaches and it looked pretty :). I want to make another one and freeze it.

  • rudylenak
    Oct 18, 2009

    very good