Best Homemade Christmas Plum Cake Recipe

By Foodism Team


With Christmas just around the corner, Plum Cakes are all the rage right now! There may be some confusion because there are many kinds of plum cakes but the idea is fairly simple- an English-style boozy fruit and nut cake. It it popular across the globe and is even eaten throughout the winter in some parts of the world. 

An authentic plum cake is loaded with the goodness of prunes, raisins, and other dried fruits that will keep you warm during the winter. These are traditionally soaked in rum or brandy for as long as 30 days to give the plum cake a warm boozy flavour. Some people like to pair it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, some prefer it with some sugar glaze while others like to take it with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

This is the secret to the perfect plum cake recipe- soak the fruits and nuts in rum or brandy for 30 days and add cinnamon and orange zest to the cake batter while baking. You don’t need to shell out the big bucks to get the delicious flavours of Christmas this year. Follow this recipe to bake the best Plum cake at home.


  • 300 gms mixed dry fruits and nuts (almonds, walnuts, raisins, black currants, cranberries, sultana, prunes, figs)
  • 250 gms butter
  • 300 grams brown sugar
  • Plum-flavouring essence or dry plum pieces
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of Fresh Orange Zest
  • ½ tsp of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 200 ml black rum or brandy
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder


Soak the fruits and nuts in the rum for 30 days. On the day of baking, mix all the dry ingredients and keep them aside. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar, butter and eggs into a mixture. Slowly add the dry ingredients. Lastly, add the delicious and boozy fruits and nuts and pop it into the oven. Let the sweet smell of plums and cinnamon fill your kitchen as it bakes to perfection. You can serve it with some vanilla ice cream or decorate your yummy cake with a sugar glaze. Some people even like to frost it with some fresh buttercream frosting. Does that sound exciting to you? Do give it a try! Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Christmas can be a very magical time of the year. This year, you can make it even merrier for your family and friends. You can follow this recipe to make mini plum cakes and gift it to your friends and bring some cheer into their lives. Or you can double the portions and make a large family-size plum cake and treat your family to some Christmas cheer!