‘Tis is the season of cheer, love and of course, a lot of desserts! It is my favorite time of the year when life is all about merry baking some gorgeous desserts in the kitchen and sipping on cups of hot chocolate sitting beside a beautiful Christmas tree. This year, I want to share all my cheer with you and hence, I have planned some lovely recipes for you guys to try out.
This holiday season is different than every other because we’ll be staying at home celebrating with our family and close friends. So why not make it a little more special by baking with and for your loved ones? And you know what! Nothing says Christmas better than a good ol’ Plum Cake! So let’s make an eggless plum cake that is made with the warmest of spices, is rich and absolutely delicious!
What is a traditional Plum Cake?
Plum Cake refers to a wide range of cakes made with either dried fruit (such as currants, raisins or prunes) or with fresh fruit. There is a wide range of popular plum cakes and puddings. In India, plum cake has been served around the time of the Christmas holiday season, and may have additional ingredients such as rum or brandy added.
In the last two centuries since it first travelled out of England, the plum cake has reached every corner of the world. Every country, region and family has a different version of the recipe. Some are made with nuts soaked in rum, some are fed with sherry or brandy for weeks after being baked, and some have no alcohol at all.
Ingredients for Eggless Plum Cake
- For the soak
Traditionally, dry fruits are soaked in rum/brandy for months or even years before using them for baking a Christmas Plum Cake. But let’s be honest, not everybody remembers to do this and if this sounds like you, then you’re at the right place. For this eggless plum cake, I don’t use alcohol and use a very quick, cheat method of cooking my dry fruits with orange juice, lemon juice and some water. What this does is make the dry fruits extremely flavorful for the cake. I use tutti frutti, raisins, dried apricots, dried cranberries and prunes for this plum cake. But you can use any dry fruits you have in your kitchen!
- For the cake
Moreover, I make this plum cake eggless and use yogurt to make a moist, soft cake. I recommend using Yogurt as a substitute to eggs. It gives the cake a very similar texture and makes it fluffy and light. I also use brown sugar in the cake batter to give it a better depth of flavor and beautiful deep color.
Wondering about more egg substitutes? I have written an entire blog post dedicated to that and I know it will give you a better understanding of the entire thing!
Winter spices for Eggless Plum Cake
The best part of winter baking is the sweet fragrance and warming touch of winter spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and so on! For this eggless plum cake, I use powdered cinnamon, clove and ginger. Freshly grounded powder works perfectly fine for this recipe and I would not recommend using whole spices as they would ruin the lovely mouth-feel of the dessert and all you’ll be able to taste are the spices! What we want is a subtle flavor of these spices running throughout the cake.
Process of Eggless Plum Cake
Since I didn’t pre-soak my fruits in liquid this year, I show you a quick cheat version of soaking your dry fruits! What I do is, I simply take orange juice, lemon juice, and water along with my dry fruits and cook them over low heat till the fruits absorb the liquids and become nice and plump. This takes literally minutes and makes your dry fruits as juicy as pre-soaked!
The key process in the making of this plum cake is the time this cake spends in the oven. We cook this cake slowly at a lower temperature so that it becomes really flavorful and the texture comes out just right. A normal cake is cooked for 30 to 40 minutes while this cake is cooked for 50-55 minutes at 160 degrees temperature.
It’s also rather important to prepare the cake batter well. It’s really easy- just make sure to cream the sugar and oil well before adding the yogurt and the rest of the ingredients. This makes sure that the cake comes out moist and fluffy rather than dense and oily. Make sure you chop the almonds, cashews, and walnuts before folding them in the batter.
Can I make this cake in the microwave?
This has to be the most asked question on all my social media platforms. Can we bake the recipe in a microwave? And the answer is YES! I am so glad that I am creating a recipe that can be made both in an oven and a microwave so everyone can bake and rejoice with this beautiful eggless plum cake.
If your microwave has a convection mode, you can also bake this cake in it! To bake these cake in the microwave, preheat until 160 degrees celsius. Place the cake pan on your tray, and allow it to bake for 30-40 minutes only. Again, microwaves differ, so keep a sharp eye out for the golden edges.
This cake can also be made in a cooker or kadhai, the options are endless. Basically, I just want you to make this recipe and share the joy it brings to you!
Eggless Plum Cake recipe
- 1 + ½ cup maida
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon clove
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup tutti frutti
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup dried apricots
- ⅛ cup dried cranberries
- ⅛ cup prunes
- ¼ cup almonds
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup cashews
- In a saucepan, take orange juice, lemon juice and water.
- Add tutti frutti, raisins, dried apricots, dried cranberries and prunes to the juice mix and cook till the mixture thickens and the dry fruits absorb all the juices. Set aside.
- Pre-heat the oven to 160 degree C and line an 8 inch round cake pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, the spices and orange zest and set aside.
- Whisk together brown sugar and oil in a separate bowl until pale and well combined.
- Now add the yogurt to the oil and sugar mixture and mix well.
- Add the vanilla extract.
- Gently fold in the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well combined and there are no large flour pockets in the batter. Do not over mix at this stage.
- Keep a small portion of the soaked dry fruits aside and fold in the rest along with the chopped walnuts, almonds and cashews in the batter and transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan.
- Bake at 160C for 50-55 minutes or only until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Top the cake with the leftover soaked fruits and serve!
If you happen to make this delicious eggless plum cake, do tag me on Instagram and use #BakewithShivesh. I’d love to see your creations. Happy Holidays!
Awesome fruit cake. Yummy to see. Can maida be replaced by wheat atta
Can we used canned orange juice or tetra pack or does it need to be fresh juice?
Will it make the soaked fruits too sweet?
Dee Kal says
Can I use whole wheat flour or oats flour instead of maida? If yes, what else do I need to change in this recipe.
hello. I am definitely want to try this plum cake recipe of urs. I just want to know what cup size do u use so that I don’t make any mistake while baking
Gayathri Vishagan says
Iam a great fan of U, I used to watch all your cake recipes. I have one doubt what is the measurement of your cup ?? Is 200 ml or 250 ml ?
Can u please mention the ingredients in grams ??
Anannya Bohidar says
Thank you for making this video. I want to try this recipe this season and was wondering if I can use whole wheat flour (Atta) instead of All-purpose flour (maida)? I will be grateful if you could let me know. Thank you.
Please once clear the ratio of juice+ water mixture to the soaking dried fruits and all in grams if possible
Hi I tried ur plumcake. It taste delicious. I am going to try ur chocolate cake for my son birthday. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.
Would it be ok If I substituted eggs instead of yogurt? how many eggs would I need?
Nishuji Jain says
when did u put ginger cinnamon and clove. also how did u use it ? owder or whole ?
Hi, I’ve made this Christmas cake.It turned out a very delicious one and soft .Thanks for such a detailed recipe.
hey shivesh, thanks you for this recipe <3
i wanted to ask if i can use whisky for soaking the fruits instead of orange juice? and can i soak them a week earlier? thank you, lots of love from UK xx
Mona Choudhuri says
What are the instructions for baking this EGGLESS PLUM CAKE in a simple microwave, without convection? thanks a lot, Mona
Hello Shivesh 🙂
I’m a big fan of your channel cause your recipes are top notch and the way you present your recipes is very pleasing to watch. Just wondering if we can use stevia + molasses (for the colour) instead of brown sugar and use greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt. Tryna keep it healthy this festive season.
shivesh i’ve fallen in love with this plum cake and am craving it – do u ship it anywhere- seriously it looks like perfection.
Wt is ur cup measurement,1cup=250ml?
Nidhi Gupta says
Hello Shivesh, I want to try this cake but I have a few doubts. Should we use tetra packed orange juice or fresh orange juice? Can I soak my dried fruits in it 3-4 days ago and then bring it to a boil? Or just boil only?
It’s really delicious and super easy, thanks for sharing
In this recipe, instead of a 1/3 cup water can I use orange juice on the whole? Well in that case, how much of orange juice can I use to cook those delicious dried fruits?
Thanking you in anticipation.
NITYA Gupta says
I want to bake this plum cake in christmas tree paper moulds. They are in 17cm diameter and 3.5cm in depth each.
If I put 2 of these in my oven, then how long should I bake. Will it still take 55 min?
Can you pls help me with this?
Hi, Shivesh! How long can this cake be stored at room temperature? I’m worried about using yoghurt. will it make the cake spoil sooner?
BUNNY SADHNANI says
Please mention the ingredients in grams also as I have observed that you use different sizes of cups for different ingredients.
I have tried one of ur recipe and it was awesome…done that for two occasions
For this plum cake
1)Can I used ghee instead of oil
2) can I use whole wheat instead of maida
Srunika K says
I tried this and it came out so well! The cake disappeared in an hour’s time. I substituted the oil with melted butter. Thanks for a great recipe. This one’s a keeper.
Could you be kind enough to tell the cup measurement you have used for the flour in this cake?
Madhulina Sharma says
Cake looks amazing. In case if I make with eggs…how many should I use?
Rachana S says
Hey can I reduce the quantity of ingredients to half and bake a 6″ cake?
Hi can I use a berry flavoured yogurt in this recipe?
Baked this cake for Christmas party & was super hit! Made slight modification and added cocoa powder. Cake was delicious! Thank you for the recipe would definitely recommend ?
Anindita Malhotra says
Hi Shivesh.. Can u please share the plum cake recipe with eggs?
Tried this perfect recipe with rum, was such a hit!
Can we use whole wheat flour in place of multipurpose flour, wanted it to bake for kids
Uma Ambike says
Hi Shivesh, I tried your recipe for the first time(but not the last for sure) and this cake was a hit! I baked it twice in a matter of 3 days! It was so good, that it got eaten up in a day!
Thank you for the recipe ? What can I substitute for Maida?
Shivesh, can you kindly advise a recipe replacing AP flour with GF flour as well as the other ingredient modifications if one wants to reduce the sugar content by half?
Ms. J Sanjay says
Your recipe worked…..thx.Have a question……is it always advisable to bake cakes @ 160 degrees?
D shah says
Hi shivesh ..
Thank you soo much for the amazing recipes..
I am a pure jain and follow ayurveda..
Plum cake has curds..
Would like to avoid curds n milk in cakes..
Any other substitutes..
kamala kannan gunalan says
If I use melted butter instead of vegetable oil in your recepies will it cause any problem.Because if I use oil the cake turns out very moist and very oily but if I use butter the cake turns out well.
Hi Shivesh, what Would be the measurements of this eggless dry fruit cake If I have to bake in 6 inch cake tin? As you have mentioned for a 8 inch cake tin.. thanks
Hi Shivesh, could you pl tell me by how much should I scale down the measurements for a 6 inch cake tin? Thanks
Tatiana Taylor says
I made two of these last year. We eat one last year and I froze the other for this year. We just had our first slice and every bit as moist and fantastic as last year. This is an amazing recipe.
Hi. Can I substitute maids with whole wheat for the same recipe?