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Four slices of Fresh Plum Cake, also called Pflaumenkuchen and Zwetschgenkuchen (German Plum Cake) on a white oblong plate next to baking sheet with remaining dish

Fresh Plum Cake

Fresh Plum Cake, also called Pflaumenkuchen and Zwetschgenkuchen (German Plum Cake) is a thin, rustic sheet cake baked with fresh plum slices on it. This Fresh Plum Cake recipe is simple, and not too sweet. A great way to use your fresh, ripe plums!

Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword German plum cake recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 - 10
Calories 298 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 2/3 cup Sugar, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup Butter, room temp
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Zest (or 1/4 tsp lemon extract)
  • 2 Eggs, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Milk
  • 1 1/2 lbs Fresh Ripe Plums, pitted and sliced 1/2" thick


  1. Slice and pit your plums, and set them aside.

  2. Line a jelly roll pan (no larger than 10"x15"x2") with parchment, or grease/spray well.

  3. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  4. In a mixing bow, cream together sugar, butter, and lemon zest.

  5. Beat in 1 egg at a time.

  6. Add the flour and baking powder and mix together by hand, using a spoon.

  7. Add 1 tsp milk and mix just until incorporated. Don't over mix.

  8. Spread the batter on the pan using a spatula. Dip the spatula in water to help with the spreading (don't saturate the batter though). This will be a thin layer of batter, don't worry as this is correct.

  9. Arrange the sliced plums on top of the batter, evenly spaced, with the skin side down (this keeps most of the juice in the fruit, not the batter).

  10. Sprinkle a layer of sugar over the top of the fruit and exposed batter (I end up using 3 to 6 Tbsps. It depends on how sweet the plums are).

  11. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the batter comes out clean.

  12. Cool the cake on a wire rack and then slice as you wish and transfer the pieces to a serving dish.

  13. This cake should be eaten within a day.