eggless plum cake recipe, how to make plum cake recipe

by dassana amit updated October 17, 2013

eggless plum cake recipe: eggless & vegan plum cake recipe

eggless plum cake recipe – i am posting this step by step eggless plum cake recipe for the festive season. it’s christmas time and one sees a lot of cakes, cookies and chocolate all around. how me or my blog can be left behind :-).

i have fond memories of celebrating christmas in school. since i was in a christian school so the decoration of our classrooms, christmas tree, making the crib, singing the carols were a few rituals i have grown up with.

at home too we would celebrate christmas and it would be a lavish affair. purchasing new clothes, doing a lot of shopping and having all the cakes and goodies to eat.

mom would always buy the christmas cakes be it the plum cake or the wine cake. but she would make the other traditional indian christmas sweets like nevroes, kalkals and rose cookies at home.

i don’t have any plans to make the traditional sweets but i do plan to post the eggless version of christmas cake and post it too before christmas. just waiting for my camera to arrrive. it is still getting repaired :-(

i had made this eggless plum cake some weeks ago before we went for a break. now this cake is made from fresh plums (alu bukhara in hindi).

plum cake recipe

it is not the kerala plum cake or the christmas fruit cake as we call them here. the kerala plum cake has a mix of different dry fruits, candied peels and tutti fruity.

i made some plum jam from the plums and the from the rest of the plums, i made this plum cake. the cake was too good and is soft with a bit of crumbly texture. the cake also has some spice to it in the form of cinnamon powder and grated nutmeg.

this eggless plum cake recipe is also a dairy free version. what makes the cake rise is a mixture of vinegar and baking soda which helps in aeration of the batter and makes the cake light and soft. the same cake recipe can be used to make a mix fruit cake or even the kerala plum cake minus the rum or wine.

i took the step by step pics late in the evening and it was already dark. so in fluorescent lighting the pics don’t look that good but will surely help you in seeing the texture and consistency of the cake batter.

step by step recipe of vegan and eggless plum cake:

1: chop the plums and keep aside.

eggless plum cake

2: sieve all the dry ingredients which includes the flours, baking powder and the spice powders.

ingredients for eggless plum cake

3: add the oil to the dry ingredients and mix gently.

adding oil for plum cake

4: now add sugar. here i have used organic cane sugar.

adding sugar for eggless plum cake

5: mix well. the consistency and texture of the mixture looks like halwa.

consistency of plum cake mixture

6: add the chopped plums and cashews to the batter.

adding chopped plums

7: fold the plums and cashews in the batter well.

mixing plums and cashews

8: add apple cider vinegar to soy milk. don’t stir as then the milk would then start curdling. add baking soda and then stir gently. the whole mixture would bubble and froth as you see below.

adding vinegar for plum cake recipe

9: quickly add this mixture to the cake batter.

plum cake mixture

10: also quickly add vanilla powder or vanilla extract to the batter. fold quickly.

adding vanilla for plum cake

11: pour the cake batter in a greased cake tin or pan and bake in a preheated oven for 180 degrees C for 35-40 minutes.

plum cake in pan

12: after the plum cake had baked, it had a lovely brown color on the top with a natural glaze.

baking eggless plum cake

13: slice when warm and serve eggless plum cake plain or with tea or coffee. once cooled you can keep the plum cake in an airtight box and refrigerate it. plum cake stays well for almost a week. before serving just warm the cake slices in a microwave or in the oven.

eggless plum cake

if you are looking for more eggless cake recipes then do check Eggless Christmas Fruit CakeVegan Banana Chocolate CakeChocolate Banana Carrot Cake and Eggless Chocolate Cake with Flaxseed.

eggless plum cake recipe details below:

eggless plum cake recipe
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plum cake – a light & soft cake made with fresh plums. an eggless and dairy free recipe.
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: world
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup maida/all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 plums chopped finely
  • ¼ or ½ cup chopped cashews
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • a pinch or two of grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder
  • ½ cup soy milk or dairy milk
  • 11/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ or 1 cup organic cane sugar or golden sugar or powdered sugar. (see notes below)
  • ⅔ cup oil or melted butter
  1. grease a cake round tin or cake loaf pan with oil or butter.
  2. preheat your oven to 170 degrees C.
  3. seive the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, cinnamon powder and grated nutmeg along with baking powder.
  4. add the oil or melted butter and mix gently.
  5. add the sugar and mix.
  6. now add the chopped plums and cashews.
  7. fold these gently in the cake batter.
  8. add apple cider to soy milk and later add baking soda to this mixture.
  9. stir gently and add this frothy bubbly mixture to the cake batter.
  10. add the vanilla extract or vanilla powder.
  11. fold quickly.
  12. pour the cake batter in the greased cake pan.
  13. bake at 170 degrees C for 35-40 minutes.
  14. when the plum cake becomes warm or cools, remove from the cake pan.
  15. serve eggless plum cake warm with tea or coffee.
few suggestions for eggless plum cake recipe:
1. instead of soy milk you can use milk.
2. instead of oil you can use butter.
3. some more dry fruits like raisins, apricots, walnuts, almonds or dry fruits of your choice can be added to the cake.
4. the ¾th cup sugar makes the cake just sweet. but not sweet enough for a cake. add 1 cup sugar to get the right amount of sweetness.
5. if the top of the cake browns quickly, then cover the top with butter paper or aluminium foil.

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R.Vijayalakshmi April 17, 2014 1

Dear Dassana, I have tried your chocolate cake receipe, fruit and nut cake receipe and bread receipe, all have come out really well. I will surely try to replicate this receipe too. Can you recommend few more dishes that have flax seeds as an ingredient. Thanks.


dassana amit April 17, 2014 2

thanks jaya for trying the recipes and the feedback. flax seeds can be made to a dry chutney. i don’t have a recipe, but i have tasted and the texture is similar to the idli podi. just roast the flax seeds, sesame seeds, desiccated coconut, red chilies, curry leaves or any other spice/herb you prefer. roast them separately. then once they cool down you grind them. this dry flaxseed chutney goes very well with idli, dosa, medu vada and any pakora/bajji. you can use your proportions while making the chutney. also you can add some flax seeds while making smoothies, milk shakes etc. roasted flaxseeds are also had as digestive after meals. just roast the seeds and keep them in an air tight box. you can flavor it with powdered sugar or salt or cumin powder or chaat masala or whatever you prefer. you can also add them to breads and cookies.


Vicki April 16, 2014 3

I was searching for a vegan plum cake recipe and found this. It looks simple and delicious. We’ll be trying it out this week. Thank you!


dassana amit April 16, 2014 4

welcome vicki


Lakshmi April 2, 2014 5

Hi Dassana, Love all your recipes and the step by step pics are a great help. I have been waiting to try a plum cake that looks and tastes like the ones in the bakery. I have two questions-
– you have used cane sugar/demerera sugar in some of your recipes. Is it a healthier option (if so I will also use it)? I use brown sugar regularly instead of white sugar. Is it just as good (you do mention that any sugar can be used in the recipes) or is dememera a better option?
– I want to add raisins, walnuts and almonds in addition to cashews. Should it all measure to 1/2 cup?


dassana amit April 2, 2014 6

organic unrefined cane sugar is much much healthier than refined sugar. brown sugar is sugar with the addition of molasses. basically added to give a dark brown color to the cake or cookies. demerara sugar is a light brown, partially refined, sugar. it has a caramel like flavor and has larger granules. you can make both cookies or cakes with it and use it in place of brown sugar.

both demerara and unrefined cane sugar are better options than refined white sugar. so in order – unrefined cane sugar, demerara sugar, brown sugar and lastly refined sugar. avoid refined sugar is possible in everything. i use organic unrefined cane sugar in everything like tea, drinks, sweets etc. its been years i have stopped buying refined sugar granules. i only use white powdered sugar sometimes in icings and cakes.

yes 1/2 cup will be fine. just coat them with some flour, so that they don’t sink to the bottom while baking.


Lakshmi April 5, 2014 7

Thank you very much for explaining very clearly the types of sugar. Will share it with my health conscious friends. I halved the recipe baked today and the color was not as rich as yours but the taste is good. Could it be because I used brown sugar? And I felt it was a bit moist (not uncooked). I baked for about 25 minutes and toothpick came out clean. Should I have baked it longer?


dassana amit April 13, 2014 8

you could have baked for some more minutes. moistness will be there due to the plums. brown sugar should give a nice golden brown color. it also can be due to the color of the wheat flour. welcome lakshmi.


muskan January 29, 2014 9

Dassana me katihar me rahti agar mai yaha market me plum kharedne jau to me shopkeper ko kya bolu


dassana amit January 29, 2014 10

bolo aloo bukhara chahiye. plums ko hindi main aloo bukhara kehte hain.


muskan January 29, 2014 11

This recipe help me in my assessment


jai singh December 25, 2013 12

I Want to Know
How to make plum cake


dassana amit December 26, 2013 13

which plum cake? the plum cake which is known as christmas fruit cake. below are two links:
christmas fruit cake with rum:
christmas fruit cake with wine:


Smitha Hemadri December 20, 2013 14

Cake has bcom moist :( i uses samsung convection oven 180deg for 40 mins. I used a toothpick and it came clean.Why is it not dry..can u pls answer ?


dassana amit December 20, 2013 15

you mean moist or sticky. it is a moist cake but not sticky. did you preheat the oven. i think you need to bake the cake for some more minutes.


Anitha November 21, 2013 16

Hi Dassana,

I’m visiting your page for past few weeks u have awesome collection of recipe. Happy to follow you. Do visit my space.

This egg less plum cake is looks yummy. Surely i want to try this,since I’m a beginner in baking have few questions about this recipe.
What is the purpose adding vinegar here? Can i do the cake without adding it?
If so what impact will be in cake?


dassana November 21, 2013 17

thanks anitha. the vinegar reacts with the baking soda and releases carbon dioixide which aerates the cake and gives it a fluffy texture and leavens the cake. you have to add the vinegar and baking soda. otherwise the recipe won’t work.


nisha July 12, 2013 18

Hi Dassana, first I would like to acknowledge that you truly have been an inspiration to me. Thanks to you, I have started trying new recipes in kitchen despite my hectic work schedule and my family is loving it. This cake looks yum. I have bought plums just yesterday and I want to make this cake right away but don’t have vinegar. What else can you suggest, no issues if the ingredient is not vegan. Thanks.


dassana July 12, 2013 19

thanks nisha for the kind words. instead of vinegar you can use buttermilk/chaas (some curd nicely blended with water). just add the baking soda to 1/2 or 3/4 cup buttermilk. it will froth when you add the soda.


Shobha Kamath February 1, 2013 20

The cake looks gorgeous! No butter, No eggs – my type of cake. Book marked it. Thanks. Loved your space too.


dassana February 1, 2013 21

thanks shobha.


Arina George January 16, 2013 22

Wow ! the plum cake looks yummy and tempting.Also the recipe is so easy to make.I will definitely make that now.Thanks for sharing this easy-looking recipe.


RAVI December 23, 2012 23

It is good to see the pains taken in writing the recipe with illustrative photographs.
It is tempting to try on this and you will quickly find a post as how it turns out from my wife’s hands.
wishes to all who wish to enlighten others with experience.


dassana December 24, 2012 24

thanks ravi and do give the feedback.


Anamika | madcookingfusions December 14, 2012 25

I have to try this one, as soon as I see plums out here, this is going to be my cake for kids :)! Loved it..


Kiran @ December 13, 2012 26

Love baking with plums and your version looks so much more tastier :)


Kshema December 12, 2012 27

Dear Dassana,

Thanks for the yummy recipe. I would like to try this one.
However, all I have is a convection microwave.
Can you please tell me baking instructions to prepare the same in microwave?
Will be much obliged :)


dassana December 12, 2012 28

hi kshema, if you have a convection microwave than you can easily bake the cake in the convection mode. the convection mode is different from the microwave mode. in fact i have baked this cake in the convection mode. just set your oven to the convection mode. select 170 degree C. preheat the oven. later bake at the same temperature for 170 degrees C for 35-40 minutes or more till done. hope this helps.


dassana December 13, 2012 29

also remember to read your oven’s manual on how to operate the convection mode, set the required temperature in the oven & preheating.


Pranavi December 11, 2012 30

wonderful cake. Nice clicks. :) merry Christmas in advance


Poornima December 11, 2012 31

This is such a different recipe, loved the use of fresh plums!


prathibha December 10, 2012 32

Nice n delicious cake..I thought it was kerala plum cake when I read the title and realized that it is a cake made with plums..Love the texture of it and also the fact that it is vegan..Yumm..I hv posted a Kerala plum cake 2day..;)


sangeeta December 10, 2012 33

Great !!!
Lovely to see the play of vinegar and soda in the frothy picture, egg less cakes are fun to make this way. Love all fruity cakes.
I haven’t yet baked a cake, may be few more days and I feel like doing it.


Nisa Homey December 10, 2012 34

I second u dassana on the above comment……..this is a wonderful recipe and now i wonder why i did not think of adding plums to cake….beautifully done post and well explained…and healthy…merry Christmas in advance…


dassana December 10, 2012 35

thanks and merry christmas to you too nisa.


Swathi December 10, 2012 36

Fresh pulm cake looks delicious. first I thought it is plum cake from Kerala,


radha December 10, 2012 37

Delicious. No egg. No liquor either !!


Shinny December 9, 2012 38

This is not plum cake it a dark fruit cake that is all one of the main ingredients other than plum is RUM in huge quantities.


dassana December 9, 2012 39

if i don’t call a cake made from plums, a plum cake than what should i call it. what you are mentioning is the mixed fruit cake which is also known as the plum cake and which has rum in huge quantities. i have already mentioned in the post that this is not the kerala plum cake. but the same recipe can be used to make a mixed fruit cake without the rum. there are lot of recipes of the plum cake that you are referring to and some don’t even use rum. not that i am against rum or wine. but there are many ways a recipe is developed or created and no recipe can be judged right or wrong.