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How to make a German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen) Two Ways!

How to make a German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen) Two Ways!

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Seems like whenever you are invited to coffee in a German household in Summertime, you will find a German Plum Cake on the table. Such a wonderful summertime dessert… a bit tart, a bit sweet, delicious to eat… nice enough for a Sunday Coffee… but easy enough for every day.

It’s even Yummy for Breakfast…

So… I’m walking through Costco on my bi-monthly stock-up-on-fruit trip… and I spotted Italian Prune Plums, which are excellent for German Plum Cake. They are super flavorful, a bit tart, firm, and bake up really nice. Perfect. I tossed them in my cart and home we went (with the 25 pound bag of flour and the 25 pound bag of sugar and the 8 pounds of butter… the poor Mini) and started baking Pflaumenkuchen.

The cake I baked…. didn’t even last the day.

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Now… there are 2 ways to make a German Plum Cake. The first is a round Plum Streusel Cake, the other way is more of a Plum Sheet cake, topped with Pearl Sugar. Of course… you can top the sheet cake with streusel,  and the round cake with Pearl Sugar. I’ve included both recipes. They actually are identical, it’s primarily a difference in the bake time. I find the round is nicer when you are having company, or want to sit down with your cake. The sheet cake is a great grab-and-go snack for after school or a mid-afternoon treat.

I love to use Italian Plums, because they are not overly juicy. It’s better to use plums that feel firm, otherwise you can end up with a big mess while cutting them up.

German Plum Streusel Cake Recipe -Pflaumenkuchen mit Streusel

german plum cakeStreusel is one of my favorite foods. I can’t tell you how often I got my fingers smacked by my mother for picking streusel off the top of her cakes. On the plum cake, the streusel is a crunchy sweet contrast to the tart soft plums.

Ingredients

1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon Peel
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Cup Unbleached Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 Pounds Firm Plums
1 small Package Vanilla Pudding

Streusel Recipe

(Makes enough for 2 cakes. (I freeze the extra. You can use this Streusel recipe on everything but salad….so when I’m making muffins, I sprinkle some on.)
Ingredients
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Flour

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Grease a 9 in round Springform Pan

Slice and Pit the Plums… set them aside… if the plums are BIG… you can cut them into fourths, otherwise go with halves.

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy… about 5 minutes.
Add the grated Lemon Peel… beat, and scrape down the sides.

Add the eggs one at a time. Beat and scrape between eggs.

Add the Baking Powder to the Flour in a mixing bowl, then slowly (unless you really want to wear it) add the flour mix to the butter mixture.
Scrape down.. and mix again

When mixed (you don’t need to overmix) spread the batter into the prepared pan. Now… this can be a bit fiddly. I found it easiest to start with a spatula, then I rub my hands with the residue on the butter wrapper and press the dough to the edges.

Sprinkle the dough with a few teaspoons of Vanilla Pudding Powder.

Shingle the Plums onto the batter… then sprinkle them with a few more teaspoons of Vanilla Pudding Powder.

Mix the Streusel

Cut the butter into small cubes.
Put the flour and sugar into a bowl… drop in the butter cubes… rub the butter and flour mix with your fingers until it looks like crumbs. When you put the streusel on cake or muffins… squeeze it a bit in your fist to get a bigger crumb.

Bake

Bake for 50 -55 minutes… the streusel should be browning.

Take from oven …

Let cool on Cooling Rack

Serve with Whipped Cream



Step By Step Plum Streusel Cake Photos

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Spread the batter to the edge of the Springform pan.

Sprinkle the batter with a little vanilla pudding powder

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 Shingle the plums in circles around the cake batter. I find that if you start on the edges it comes out more even.. then sprinkle the plums with a bit of vanilla pudding powder.
You don’t want LOTS.. just a sprinkle.

(but I still always end up starting in the middle. )

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Squeeze the streusel dough a bit in your fist as you sprinkle it over the cake to get some larger crumbs.

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The cake is done when the streusel is nicely browned.
Give it a little shake to see if there is any wobble left in the middle (if so, put it back in the oven for a while longer).

 

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You can sprinkle a bit of Powdered Sugar over the cake just before serving.

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Serve with a Schlag of Whipped Cream. In Germany, whipped cream is typically not sweetened,

but I will leave that up to your taste.

More Traditional German Cake Recipes HERE–> Kaffee and Kuchen

Plum Sheet Cake Recipe (Pflaumen SchichtKuchen Rezept)

plum cakeYou can make this the way I do.. with Hagel Zucker... Pearl Sugar… or you can use Decorator Sugar… or you can add Streusel… (I love Streusel, but I feel like I’m going to be admitted into some sort of addiction program if I keep using it…). I included a streusel recipe, just in case.Enjoy

Makes 16 to 24 pieces
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hour from nothing to eating

Ingredients

1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon Peel
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Cup Unbleached Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 Pounds Firm Plums
1 small Package Vanilla Pudding
3-4 Tbl. Pearl Sugar

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Grease a rectangular 9 by 13 inch Cake Pan

Slice and Pit the Plums… set them aside… if the plums are BIG… you can cut them into fourths, otherwise go with halves.

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy… about 5 minutes.
Add the grated Lemon Peel… beat, and scrape down the sides.

Add the eggs one at a time… don’t know why, just do…. beat and scrape between eggs.

Add the Baking Powder to the Flour in a mixing bowl, then slowly (unless you really want to wear it) add the flour mix to the butter mixture.
Scrape down..
When mixed (you don’t need to overmix) spread the batter into the pan. Now… this can be a bit fiddly. I found it easiest to start with a spatula, then I rub my hands the residue on the butter wrapper… and press the dough to the corners.

Sprinkle the dough with a few teaspoons of Vanilla Pudding Powder.

Shingle the Plums onto the batter… then sprinkle them with a few more teaspoons of Vanilla Pudding Powder.

Bake for 40 minutes… should be beginning to brown at edges… will rise up and around plums.

Take from oven … sprinkle with a few Tablespoons of Pearl Sugar

Let cool on Cooling Rack

When Cool… sprinkle on a few more spoonfuls of Pearl Sugar.

Cut and eat.

This cake is WONDERFUL with a schlag of Sahne… that’s a scoop of Whipped Cream!

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Step By Step Plum Sheet Cake Photos

Spread the Batter in the Cake Pan

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It’s a little tricky… butter your hands to make it work

Sprinkle with a few Tablespoons of Vanilla Pudding

Plums….A Slice of Summer
Italian Prune Plums are Great for this Cake

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Slice the Plums in Half (or Quarters if they are BIG)
Pit them

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Shingle the Plum Halves over the Cake Batter
You can Overlap them a Bit

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Sprinkle the Plums with A few Tablespoons of Vanilla Pudding

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Bake… 

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then Sprinkle with Pearl Sugar

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  4. Hi, thanks, just what I was looking for. Silly question, but I’m not a baker. Do you add the streusel at baking time or after a few minutes into baking? Btw, LOVE Streusel.

  5. I would like to know if you make the peach version the same way. My Mom mad a yeast dough and spread it on a one inch high cookie sheet and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar on top of the sliced peaches. I made it this week, uh the dough was thicker and tougher than I remember……help!

    1. Ahh… it’s in the recipe, but not both sets of photos. I find if you sprinkle a little vanille pudding powder on the batter before adding the plums, and then again on top of the plums before baking, it soaks up some of the moisture.

  6. Nice recipes but that’s not how we lay out the plums. My dad was a pastry chef in Frankfurt. But housewives too lay them out differently so they don’t pucker up while baking. Slice the plum halfway, leaving the halves attached. Then make a little cut top and bottom of each half. That way the stay flat and look prettier.

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