Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a recipe given to me years ago by my Mother-in-law. A very sweet, dense cake my husband grew up with and to this day still requests.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the cake: Blend sugar, oil and eggs.
  2. Add dry ingredients altering with the milk.
  3. Add vanilla, nuts and prunes.
  4. Bake in a 13x9x2" pan at 300 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
  5. While hot and still in pan pour icing over the cake.
  6. For the icing: Mix all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  7. Remove from heat and pour over cake.
  8. Use fork to pierce holes in cake to absorb icing.
Most Helpful

This is perhaps one of the all-time greatest foods ever! It is exceptionally moist (almost wet) and packed with flavor! If anyone doesn't like this recipe I'll stand on my head naked in the middle of the interstate highway! Don't forget to have some ice cold milk with it (and a second piece)!

Dan'l June 12, 2002

This is a delicious cake! I always use a little less oil and sugar because I find it too "wet" and soggy for my taste. I also only make about half of the glaze otherwise it's too sweet. It's a great smelling / tasting cake!

timber_newton_interiors October 20, 2009

My grandmother used to make prune cake when I was a kid and it was always one of my favorites! She was born in 1902 and I recently found her hand-written recipe which is the same as is listed here except that she used an 8 oz. jar of prune babyfood....which I assume is still available in grocery stores! This is a wonderful old-fashioned recipe!

Bread N Butter May 16, 2009