Recipe: Spice Cake (shhh…Prune Cake)

So Prune Cake.  Have you heard of it?  I think I’m too young to know of it’s origins but I guess it used to be served at all the weddings a while back?  I’ve been wanting to eat prune cake for a long time now and I don’t know why.  I visited a craft fair a few weeks back and bought a mini prune cake loaf and it was DELISH.  Why am I calling it spice cake?  So people don’t run after hearing prunes.  Why do prunes get such a bad rap!  I really wanted to try to make this on my own to make up for that damn failed mochi donut recipe.  I think I succeeded!  Come and take a look!

131213-01Look at how moist this cake is…it is the most moist cake you will ever taste!


131213-03Mix together the oil, eggs and sugar.

131213-04Sift in the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon.

131213-05Look at how spicy it looks!  Smells like autumn…


131213-07The recipe calls for a cup of prunes.  I threw in the whole bag (the bag was 8 oz.) – I can’t help myself.  You have to boil the prunes with enough water just to cover them.  Boil it for about 8 minutes and drain.  Once you have drained the prunes, mash them up with a fork!

131213-08As I let the prunes cool down a bit, I added the vanilla and buttermilk to the batter.

131213-09Then I added the prunes and mixed it just to incorporate all the ingredients.  Don’t overmix it! 

131213-10Place it in your preheated oven and prepare for an awesome cake…

131213-11Prune cake fresh out of the oven.  Looks a bit like banana bread.



131213-14When the cake has about five to seven minutes left of baking, start making the glaze.  It definitely took a while to get to a nice caramel color.  I think I could have cooked it down a bit more…but it might have worked to my advantage!

131213-15Cake glazed and ready to consume.  I shared this with my coworkers and I got some very positive comments!  I honestly think it tastes much better after being chilled in the fridge.  Yummmm..I want to make it again.


4 responses to “Recipe: Spice Cake (shhh…Prune Cake)

  1. Dd

    Would you share the recipe ?? looks sooo ono !!

  2. Hi Dd! Oh yes! I apologize that I forgot to add it to this post! Here is the link:

    I’ll add it to the blog post too. As I mentioned – I added the entire bag of prunes and it was awesome.

  3. Gloria Witte

    My mom made a layer prune cake that was fabulous. She made a prune filling that went in between layers and on top. That was 40 years ago and I would give anything to find the recipe. Anyone hear of this? Oh my after two days it just melted in your mouth. If you have, please post it. Thanks. Gloria

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