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Prune Cake

Updated on October 9, 2014
Shhh.....this cake is made with pitted prunes. I won't tell if you won't!
Shhh.....this cake is made with pitted prunes. I won't tell if you won't! | Source

Prune Cake: A Cake to Make in Secret

This recipe for prune cake came from my Aunt Madaline's collection of vintage recipes that I inherited when she died. Aunt Madaline had a sweet tooth; and, she must have been especially fond of prune cake, because she had saved several recipes for that particular cake.

This recipe is from a newspaper clipping. There is no name on the paper, but it was originally published by Cecily Brownstone, Associated Press Food Editor. It looks like it is from the early 1950's, judging from the women's fashions on the back of the clipping. The women wear fitted suits with narrow skirts falling below the knee, two-inch heels, and sport short hairstyles. One lady is wearing a smart, little hat and carrying a handbag.

Ms. Brownstone recommends making prune cake only when you are alone in the kitchen. I thought this would be due to the prunes being a secret ingredient, but I was wrong! She says the butterscotch glaze for this cake is so delicious that if anyone is around they are bound to steal the glaze by the spoonful before you have a chance to pour it over the cake!

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Bake a delicious prune cake for someone you love!
Bake a delicious prune cake for someone you love! | Source


  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 cup corn oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely cut cooked & drained pitted prunes
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Butterscotch Glaze (recipe below)


  1. 1. Sift together on waxed paper the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Set aside.
  2. 2. Beat together the oil and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. 3. Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, about a third each time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. 4. Stir in the prunes and the nuts.
  5. 5. Pour batter into an ungreased 9-inch tube pan with a removable bottom.
  6. 6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. 7. About 15 minutes before the cake is done, prepare the Butterscotch Glaze.
  8. 8. Pour the hot glaze over the cake still in the pan, while cake is fresh from the oven.
  9. 9. When cake is cool, remove from the pan.
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Sunsweet Pitted Prunes

SUNSWEET Amazin Pitted Prunes, 16 oz
SUNSWEET Amazin Pitted Prunes, 16 oz

Yes, this is the secret ingredient!

butterscotch glaze for prune cake
butterscotch glaze for prune cake | Source

Butterscotch Glaze for Prune Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine all ingredients in a 3-quart saucepan, and put over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring mixture to a full boil and boil 10 minutes.
  3. Pour over cake while sauce is hot, and allow to soak into the cake.
  4. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing from the pan.

Tube Pan With Removable Bottom - You will need this for making your prune cake.

You are going to need a tube pan with a removable bottom to make this cake. After baking turn the pan over, remove the bottom and pour the glaze over the cake.

Wilton Angel Food Pan, 10 Inch
Wilton Angel Food Pan, 10 Inch

This tube pan is most similar to those used in the 1950's for baking. This was before the era of non-stick coatings. The regular aluminum will bake this cake authentically and effectively. This pan has gotten rave reviews from most users.


Crystal Cake Stand

After going to the effort of baking a cake from scratch, you deserve a beautiful way to display it and keep it fresh. This gorgeous crystal cake stand is versatile. In addition to serving cake it can be a punch bowl or serve chips and dip at your next casual party!

A Prune on a Stick for Christmas - Hilarious Holiday Reading

Make your prune cake to eat on a Sunday evening before Christmas, perhaps the weekend after Thanksgiving. After your family has eaten, open this delightful book and begin to read aloud to them this hilarious story about one family's mysterious Christmas tradition of "prune-on-a-stick." Create a family tradition of your own with memories of oral reading that your loved ones will treasure through the years.

A Prune On A Stick For Christmas
A Prune On A Stick For Christmas

This hilarious tale begins on Christmas night when the grandchildren question the “prune-on-a-stick” holiday tradition held at their grandparents’ house every year. They correctly surmise they might be the only family in America (possibly the entire world) holding a Christmas prune ritual. Nana decides the pre-teens are probably old enough to hear the truth concerning the origins of this unusual family custom. She volunteers Grandpa’s skills at recounting family history, letting him explain how their custom began. So as the snow falls and the fireplace glows, he gathers them round to tell the story. (click to read more)


Do you like prune cake? Have any special prune cake memories? If you have never had prune cake, or do not like it, what is your favorite cake?

Prune Cake Memories

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      burntchestnut 5 years ago

      Every year for Thanksgiving, our aunt would bring German Chocolate Cake. We never had it any other time, so we all looked forward to it.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I remember years ago making a prune cake for a co-worker who turned 50. Now that seems so young. Prune cake is tasty!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Hmmm, prunes and cake are two words I've never put together, but anything with butterscotch glaze cant' be all bad... :-)

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      pianolessongirl 6 years ago

      Mmm, prunes are so good, I'll have to try this recipe! =)

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I love prunes so I am sure I would love this.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yummy! Thanks for adding this to my Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection lens.

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      Looks gorgeous and one of those store cupboard cakes that you can make for an emergency.

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      Showpup LM 6 years ago

      I've never had prune cake but I love prunes! Will have to try it.

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      Sounds Yummy!!!! As a child I loved prune cake, my Aunt Fran used to make it and believe it or not we couldn't get enough of it. This is something I'll have to show my hubby so he can whip it up for us. Thanks for sharing

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I've never had prune cake, but anything that you pour warm butterscotch over sounds yummy to me. Your aunt must have been an awesome cook.