Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Prune Cake With Glazed Topping

Don't let the prunes scare you!
Think of a super moist cake with autumnal spices.
Possibly a cross between applesauce cake and gingerbread except better!
The glaze soaks all the way through.
I promise it will be a favorite! Nobody will know it has prunes in it!
And yes, it was my birthday cake this year!
Prune Cake with Glazed Topping
3 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 c buttermilk
1 c cooked and mashed prunes
1 t vanilla
2 c flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 t allspice
To prepare the prunes, place in a glass measuring cup and cover with water. Microwave 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool. Run through food processor until they are a smooth paste.
Then proceed with the recipe.
Mix wet ingredients in mixer and blend well.
Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Beat well.
Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake 350 for 40-50 minutes. Mine took 35.
Do a toothpick test.
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 1/2 c sugar
3/4 c buttermilk
2 T white corn syrup
1 t vanilla
Place all ingredients in deep sauce pan and stir over medium
low heat just until it begins to boil.
Remove from heat and add 1 t of baking soda.
Stir until dissolved and foamy. Pour slowly
over hot cake until absorbed.


  1. Oh, {drool}
    Looks delicious, and can't wait to try it !
    Autumn is upon us...yah !

  2. It sounds good! I wonder if you could substitute baby food prunes.

  3. Mari ~ I don't know! I've never tried it that way!

  4. It does look really good. I have to admit that the thought of the prunes does scare me a bit, but I will try it!

  5. Oh- this brings back memories!
    I used to bake prune cake.
    Why do we stop doing things that we used to do??

    White Spray Paint

  6. Kary ~ this is your kind of recipe, girl...down home comfort food. :)

  7. OK, OK ... at first I turned up my nose, then read the recipe and now I'm intrigued!

    Oh - what a day ~ Betsy's day!!

  8. Looks wonderful. Prunes don't scare me; I eat them several times a week.

  9. Love this recipe, as we are prune eaters, and not just cause we're "old" (ha,ha,ha), but we love prunes.

    I will make this one for sure, and oh my your "glaze" looks at good as my drizzle!!!!!!

  10. I'm only on day 2 of no sugar. I can't believe this torture. I am salivating just reading the recipe. I almost want to lick the computer.

  11. it does sound good...i guess i could get around the prunes..or they may get around me...smiles.

  12. That really does sound so delicious. You make some really great foods.

  13. Ooh, I loooove a moist cake. This one I'm definitely going to do! Unless one eats the whole cake, the prunes shouldn't be a worry. Thanks, Betsy!

  14. I just hope you all didn't wash it down with my Peoples Temple Flavor Aid recipe.

    Ummm... You didn't, did you?



  15. Oh my goodness, that looks so incredible delicious. I want to eat every last crumb there. yummm. Adn to think...I;vbe never even and that specific cake before.

  16. I didn't get over here in time to wish you Happy Birthday...I hope it was a good one. If you had that cake then all looks well...

  17. Oh a piece of that beautiful cake would go real nicely with my hot cup of coffee..I will be giving that cake a go..looks delicioso.

  18. Mmm, I just had breakfast, but I would sure love me that piece with the rest of my coffee.;)

  19. I am wondering if someone baked this lovely cake for you birthday or if you did it yourself? Since I love to cook, cooking on my own birthday would be a pleasure.

  20. oh this looks good betsy.I love gingerbread too.

  21. This looks and sounds delicious - probably similar, but better, than date loaf - which I also love! Thank you Betsy!!! I've never heard of prune cake before.

  22. My kind of cake...oh it looks so good!

    I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday.....

    My grandson is a chocolate lover so I am baking him your chocolate cake. I have my list made, run to store and try to get it made today.

  23. Corners ~ I baked it. And I love to cook/bake, too so it's no big deal...we want it to be edible here with the five men! ha.

  24. I have a dear frind who used to make this..thanks for the reminder...it is super yummy!

  25. Hey Betsy!

    I know I haven't been around in a long while (shameful). Happy belated birthday! The cake actually sounds good (despite the prunes). Thanks for sharing it.

    I love your side bar. It's so encouraging, the scriptures and quotes. Thank you for sharing :D


  26. Betsy, this was a cake my mom used to make when I was growing up. I made it for her birthday several years ago. Now coconut cake is her favorite! Now I will want to make the prune cake again as I have been reminded of it!

  27. oh betsy...yum !!!! this looks wonderful....

    i can smell it from here....

    Happy First Day of Fall....

    sending love,
    kary and teddy

  28. Looks fab Besty, but MOTH & prunes have a chequered history. He calls them Explosive Incendiary Devices. I guess I could risk it though, it looks too delicious not to give it a try.
    Millie ^_^

  29. I'm so glad I was raised in a prune loving family. Can't wait to give this a try.


  30. I made this today and YUM! I used a larger baking dish and then substituted 1 Tbs Molasses instead of the corn syrup (because I didn't think I had any) and then 1/2 way through mixing up the glaze I found my bottle, so I added 1 Tbs of corn syrup. Anyways, my house smells amazing and my family thinks I'm incredible! Thank you for the great recipe!


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