Polish Plum Cake (Placek z Sliwkami) Recipe

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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings Polish plum cake
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This quick and easy recipe for Polish plum cake (placek z sliwkami) makes good use of an abundance of fresh plums.

In a pinch or as a shortcut, two (14-ounce) cans whole purple plums, drained, pitted and halved can be used.

Other fruits like nectarines, peaches and apples also are perfect for this recipe.

What You'll Need

  • For the Cake
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup or 1 stick) room-temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 large room-temperature eggs
  • 40 fresh any variety plums, pitted and halved
  • For the Streusel Topping
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

How to Make It

Make the Cake

  1. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray and heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and 3/4 cup sugar. Add 4 ounces room-temperature butter, milk, and eggs. Beat at medium speed 4 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Place plums on top, cut side up, pushing down slightly into batter.

Make the Streusel Topping

  1. Cut remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cloves into 3 tablespoons cold butter until crumbs form. Sprinkle over plums. Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.
  1. Let the cake cool in the pan so the plum juices will be reabsorbed to create a moist cake.
  2. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired, and cut into 12 squares.

International Plum Desserts

  • Rustic Plum Tart RecipeThis open-face pie starts with a flaky cream cheese dough followed b a plum-almond filling topped with apricot preserves.
  • Croatian Plum Dumplings Recipe: Plums are enrobed in a mashed potato dumpling dough and can be eaten as a dessert when sprinkled with sugar, as a meatless main course or side dish.
  • German Plum Kuchen Recipe: This yeast-raised dough is filled with plums and poppy seeds.
  • German Plum Roses Marzipan Recipe: Fresh red plum slices are wrapped in  puff pastry and layered with a creamy marzipan-plum jam mixture. 
  • Eastern European Plum-Almond Coffee Cake Recipe: The secret of the moist crumb of this cake is almond paste. Fresh or canned plums can be used.
  • German Plum Dumplings RecipeA curd cheese dough envelops plums that are simmered in water and then rolled in buttered bread or cracker crumbs. 
  • Turkish Plum Upside Down Cake RecipeThis has all the appeal of a pineapple upside down cake except it's made with luscious red or purple plums.