Prune cake with buttermilk icing is moist and easy. Prunes, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg make this the best prune cake with a delicious buttermilk glaze.
Yes, Prune Cake! This cake is moist, delicious and easy; something I’ve been wanting to make for awhile. How can you go wrong with the perfect combination of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon?
The cake looks so unassuming, but the flavor is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. This cake is at its peak served nice and warm right as it’s finished. If you want to make this simple, flavorful cake ahead of time, warming the entire cake in the oven or individual slices in the microwave will give you the same results as fresh out of the oven. The name may have some people too skeptical to try it. Maybe just tell them it’s Dried Plum Cake. 🙂
Prune Cake with Buttermilk Glaze
For the cake:
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and set aside.
- Place 1 cup prunes in medium sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft, approximately 8 minutes. Remove from heat, drain water, and mash on a plate. Set aside.
- Combine 1 cup oil, 1 cup sugar, and 3 eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together 1 ½ cups flour, 1 teaspoons soda, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon allspice, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Combine wet and dry ingredients, add 1 cup buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir gently until just combined. Add mashed prunes and stir gently Pour batter into buttered baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. When cake has five minutes remaining, make the icing
Make the Icing:
- Combine 1 cup and 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon water, ½ cup buttermilk, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ cup butter, and ½ teaspoon vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a slow boil. Boil without stirring for 5 to 7 minutes, or until icing starts to turn dark. Do NOT allow icing to reach soft ball stage; icing should be caramel in color, but not sticky like caramel. Icing should pour easily.
- Remove cake from oven and pour on icing immediately. Allow to rest on the counter. Serve warm.
- If you are not able to serve immediately, you can reheat the entire cake in a 200 degree oven for approximately 5 minutes. Individual slices reheat in microwave for 10 seconds.
Adapted from Pioneer Woman