German Plum Cake

"This cake is actually known as Zwetschgendatschi in Bavaria, where it is most popular. Roughly translated from Bavarian to German, it would be called Pflaumenkuchen or plum cake in English. BUT Zwetschgen aren't ordinary plums, a Datschi isn't really a Kuchen, and a Kuchen is most definitely not a cake! Or at least not a tall, spongy cake -- it's flatter. Ideally, for this dessert you want the slightly tart Italian plums. If you do have to use another type of plum, be careful the variety you choose isn't too juicy."
German Plum Cake created by DeniseNC
Ready In:
1hr 5mins
1 cake




  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, add the sugar, vanilla, egg, lemon peel, sour cream and salt (if desired).
  • Mix the flour and baking powder and add that into the mixture.
  • Grease the base of a round baking pan and spread the dough over the pan.
  • Liberally spread plums over the dough.
  • To make the optional topping, cream the butter, add flour, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle over the plums and bake for 30-45 minutes in the middle rack at 375 F.
  • Be careful not to let the bottom burn!
  • Serve with lots of freshly-made whipped cream.
  • If you like, you may also sprinkle rum or cinnamon over the fruit before baking.

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  1. securisales
    So good! My friend has mass Santa Rosa plums in his yard and I took two large bags and didnt know what to do with them. I doubled this recipe and made the "cake" in a 9x13 glass pan. The dough comes out pretty rigid and you just play dough it into the greased pan Definitely make the topping for it. When you go to eat it, take a small piece as it is filling! Thank you for the long running excellent recipe. I seen this recipe from here going back to 2002? wow!
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