Prune Cake

This is another recipe from “You” Magazine here in SA dating back to 1988 and which I have made many times.  I once substituted dates for the prunes but it wasn’t very successful so now I just stick with the prunes.

Prune Cake 1


250 g dried prunesPrune Cake

125 g butter or margarine

250 ml castor sugar

2 extra-large eggs

500 ml flour

10 ml baking powder

10 ml mixed spice

1 ml salt

125 ml milk


Boil the prunes in enough water to cover until they are soft.  Drain and pit them and cut into smaller pieces.

Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Grease or use cooking spray on a cake tin with a diameter of 23 cm (not a layer cake tin).

Cream the butter or margarine and castor sugar.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.

Sift the cake flour, baking powder, mixed spice and salt together.  Stir the flour mixture and two thirds of the milk alternately into the egg mixture.  Add the prunes and mix well.  Stir in the rest of the milk.

Spoon the batter into the cake tin.  Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until done.  Turn the cake out carefully onto a wire rack and let it cool.  Sift icing sugar over the cake or ice it with butter icing of your choice.  Makes a medium cake.


4 thoughts on “Prune Cake

  1. Hey there, Pam.
    Dont I just recognised this scrumptious Prune Cake!!! Pam, thank you so much for coming to tea with me yesterday, bringing Barb along and for your delicious cake! The other members of the household demolished the last pieces. We can vouch for this cake…yummy!!!
    …and your pancake recipe is just like mine!…the perfect recipe for Friday nights with the Family! We make evenings of Pancakes, with a variety of filling on offer. It is the perfect family gathering!
    Lots of love to you all

  2. Good morning,
    On your list of ingredients you have 500ml flour, did you mean 500g flour I like your recipe there is no oil in it which is great. Could you please confirm ml – grams?

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