Viennese Plum Cake

"My mother and grandmother used to make this cake. My grandmother came to America in 1904 from the Burgenland in Austria, and she called this Viennese Plum Cake, so that's what we call it. It has a firm, almost dry texture, but is rich with butter and eggs. I often make this cake with fresh sliced peaches. While sliced apples also work, I think plums, peaches, and apricots are the better complement with this particular cake."
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease Two 8-inch Round Pans with Butter.
  • Choose plums that are more blue in color than red, and are soft but not mushy. Cut the plums in half lengthwise, along the 'seam', removing the stone. If there's any fiber or remnants of a stem, trim the tip of the stem end with a paring knife. Set plum halves aside.
  • Mix two teaspoons of cinnamon with the half-cup of sugar and set aside.
  • In mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs, mixing until well blended.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add half of the flour mixture into the creamed butter, stirring just until smooth; then add the remaining dry ingredients, again being careful not to over-mix. Batter will be stiff.
  • Divide batter evenly into greased cake pans, spreading to fill pan to the sides.
  • Press plum halves into the top of the batter, cut side up, arranging them in tight rows. You should see very little cake batter. My mother always said ".
  • load 'em up!".
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly and generously over the top of each cake.
  • Bake in 350-degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • While my mother would pooh-pooh it, you can serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Questions & Replies

  1. Hi. My grandmother was a Burgenlander too! She was born in 1904 and came to the US in 1921. This cake was a seasonal favorite. Happy I found your recipe when I searched.


  1. Please explain, I made a 1/2 recipe, which should serve 8, but my family of 5 ate it all up in one go? So, who's wrong, me or you? DELICIOUS recipe. Very easy to make. I am lucky to have access to really good plums right now (I used a yellow variety) and I'm very glad I chose to make this dessert. Absolutely beautiful with coffee after dinner.
  2. This is a great recipe! It was fairly easy to make and the cake turns out very light. Just delicious! I will definitely make this again.
  3. I used 2 lbs. of the dark blue/purple plum variety. (no identification on the package label) Made a mistake in the beginning by tossing the plums with the sugar cinnamon mixture but it only drew the juice out a bit. Placed coated plums as indicated and used extra small bit of juice/sugar cinnamon over the top. Looks great, smells wonderful. Will definitely make it again.


Hi, everyone! My name is Ellen. I was born in the town so nice, they named it twice - New York, New York! I grew up in Ossining, NY, just minutes outside of Manhattan. My grandma immigrated to New York from Austria, and owned a delicatessen for years right near the original Yankee Stadium. She was a fabulous cook and baker, as was my mother, and I learned a lot about food preparation from both of them. I could cook a complete meal for eight people by the time I was in the third grade. I always loved to cook, and with two such great teachers, how could I not?! I am a born-again Christian, and I have enjoyed serving on different ministries at my church, the most recent one being data-entering the info and prayer requests handed in every week on the Care & Communication Cards, and then I follow up with phone calls & emails to welcome, answer any questions, and assist, if needed. I also work with Community Caregivers, an organization providing all kinds of assitance to people who have need, including delivering prescriptions, providing transportation to doctor appointments, helping the visually disabled with paperwork, etc. It has been a great growing experience for me. This is Jeff, my husband and most appreciative gourmand. This is Cricket, our American Eskimo. He is pure energy! This is Daphne, our Bluetick Hound. She is a sweetheart! Here's a video of a youth drama/dance from GodTube that is absolutely one of my favorites! Thank you, SusieQusie! Thank you, Susie D! Thank you, FloridaNative! This four-pound lobstah is our idea of a perfect picnic supper! Here are several photos I've taken of our yard from mid-Spring to late-Summer
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