Plum and Cardamom Coffee Cake is the Unexpected Flavour Pairing You Must Try

squares of plum cardamom cake on a blue oval plate
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
One 8-inch square cake

The warm, earthy notes of cardamom complement juicy plums in this simple and irresistible cake recipe. Plum and cardamom are a match made in heaven, so if you haven’t experienced this combination before, it’s time that you try it out. Any variety of plum can be used for this recipe — whatever your local store has at the height of stone fruit season will work beautifully.

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Coffee Cake

whole medium ripe plums
cups all-purpose flour
cup granulated sugar
Tbsp ground cardamom
tsp baking soda
tsp baking powder
tsp kosher salt
1 ¼
cups full-fat sour cream
cup unsalted butter, melted
cup whole (3.25 per cent) milk
large egg
tsp pure vanilla extract

Plum Glaze

cup icing sugar
Juice reserved from slicing plums
Tbsp whole (3.25 per cent) milk



Cooling time: 10 minutes. Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Step 1

For the coffee cake, cut the plums into ½-inch slices over a small bowl, collecting the juice. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8″ square cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cardamom, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the sour cream, butter, milk, egg and vanilla. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.

Step 3

Using a silicone spatula, fold in ¾ of the sliced plums, being careful not to over-mix. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan. Scatter the remaining plum slices on top, making sure to reserve the juice for the plum glaze.

Step 4

Bake for about 45 minutes, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan and turn the cake out onto a plate.

Step 5

For the plum glaze, in a small bowl, whisk the icing sugar with the reserved plum juice. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the cake before serving. Serve warm.

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