German Prune Cake

This German style prune cake is not only super quick and easy to prepare, it is in fact very delicious as well! 

Fruit cakes are just yummy and the combination of a freshly baked dough with the right kind of fruit can sent anyone for at least a short time into heaven on earth :-)! Don't we all need this from time to time? The reason why this cake is so easy and quick to prepare is that most of the ingredients are are just measured in cups and it doesn't really make a big difference if your cup is 200 ml /  6.7 oz  or 250 ml / 8.4 oz. as long as one uses the same cup for all the ingredients.



Preparation time: 20 minutes 
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Cooking time: app: 50 minutes
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Resting time: 0 minutes
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Total time needed: 70 minutes
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Grade of Difficulty: easy

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Serves 4


This recipe was inspired by palatschinke and you can find her recipe in German language here


Ingredients
for
Prune Cake

  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sparkling springwater
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 20 gram / 0.7 oz baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla sugar / or vanilla essence
  • Oil to grease the baking tray
  • 1 kg / 2.2 lbs prunes or plums
  • Icing sugar to sprinkle over the finished cake



Directions

  • Wash prunes, cut in half and remove stones and set aside for the time being
  • Add all other ingredients except the greasing oil and icing sugar to a food processor and blend them to a smooth batter
  • Lightly grease a 30cm / 12 inch baking tray / mold and evenly pore half of the cake batter on to the tray
  • Cover the surface tightly with the halved prunes, taking care not to push them down into the dough
  • Pore the remaining batter evenly over the prunes
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 356 Fahrenheit, place baking tray in the middle rack of the 
  • oven and bake for 50 to 55 minutes until the cake is golden brown on the surface
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool down for t least 15 minutes before you  sprinkle the cake generously with  icing sugar
  • Serve as is or with a dash of fresh whipped cream

The cake tastes best fresh but can still be enjoyed at the following day.

Note: This cake might as well be prepared with apricots, apples, cherries, peaches or fruit of your choice.





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