Plum cake recipe christmas cake
Slice of a moist soft plum cake

Soft and moist plum cake using orange juice is really a unique one to go for

What is Christmas without a nice and moist plum cake! Filled with healthy nuts, candied fruits and tutty fruity! What else do you need on Christmas!

BakeHoney Trivia: Well, we talked to a lot of bakers across India, and we got to know a funny fact about plum cakes. They do not have plums! All we get in the name of plum cakes are sponge cakes loaded with dry fruits, candied fruits and everything that you can imagine but the plums!

So in this recipe, we’re keeping plums as an option and depends on your personal choice if you want to increase or decrease the amount of any of these nuts and fruits or skip some. Needless to say, you can enjoy this recipe with your kids as a Christmas special engagement to keep those restless feet indoors in this weather. Add health in various ways by using variety of nuts and healthy berries. Do check some other important tips for baking with kids around you

PLUM CAKE Ingredients

  • Black raisin          3tbsp
  • Candied cherry  3tbsp
  • Tutty fruity          3tbsp
  • Cashew nuts(roughly chopped) 2 tbsp
  • Almonds (roughly chopped) 2tbsp
  • Raisins   2tbsp
  • Plums    2tbsp
  • Candied ginger  1 tbsp
  • Orange peel        ½ orange
  • Orange juice       ½ cup
Orange slices

For Caramel:

  • Sugar     5tbsp
  • Water   1tbsp
Caramalizing sugar
Making caramel


  • Flour      2 cups
  • Eggs       2 no
  • Powdered sugar ½ cup
  • Cocoa powder    1tbsp
  • Baking powder   1tsp
  • Milk       1 cup
  • Butter    5tbsp
  • Vanilla essence  1tsp
  • Nutmeg powder 1 pinch
  • Cinnamon powder ½ tsp

Well, that looks like a long list though! Don’t worry, however long this list looks, we assure you that the method is much simpler! Do ensure you follow the right proportions to avoid any mistake and end up in a messy dish


beat eggs and sugar
Beating eggs with sugar
  • Preheat the oven
  • Soak all these nuts and fruits in orange juice for at least one hour. If you have time, soak them overnight!
  • To make caramel, melt sugar in a pan till it is slightly dark brown, add warm water and turn off the flame. This is where the nice brown color of your cake would come from!
  • Beat eggs with sugar, and add melted butter to it.
  • Sift in all the dry ingredients, add caramel prepared in the previous step.
  • Whisk it well till nice and fluffy.
  • Add the soaked nuts and fold them in using a spatula. Do not whisk at this stage!
  • Line and grease a cake tin, add the batter and tap it to get even
  • Bake at 180-200oC for 20-25 minutes.
  • Cool it down and serve.
plum cake with nuts
Plum cake with Nuts

Cheat codes:

  • Orange juice can be replaced with rum to give a nice boozy flavor.
  • If working with younger kids, you could simply use a cake premix and add caramel, nuts and fruits to it! Do keep in mind the basic dos and donts of baking with kids
  • Add nuts of your choice! And make it your own version!

Merry Christmas!