Prune spice cake

    1 hour 10 min

    This is a delightfully spiced cake that's chock-a-block with prunes. Allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon fill your house with the most wonderful aroma. You can also bake this in two 23cm or two 20cm tins instead of the tube tin.

    14 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 225g margarine
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 320g buttermilk
    • 320g stewed prunes, chopped
    • 290g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 120g chopped walnuts (optional)

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 23cm tube cake tin.
    2. In a large bowl, mix the margarine and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and prunes. Sift the flour, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl or onto a sheet of greaseproof paper. Stir in the dry ingredients 1/3 at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix in the walnuts if using. Pour cake mixture into the prepared cake tin.
    3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.

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    My family absolutely loved this recipe! I make it for school lunch boxes. I altered it slightly as my son suffers with terrible constipation so made it dairy free and gluten free, and added more fruit and nut and black treacle. Delicious!  -  29 Apr 2016


    Oh fuss and bother..."fat content"? don"t eat so much and enjoy  -  14 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought the fat content was too high. Next time, I will try using applesauce instead. This time, I used whole wheat flour and yogurt instead of ap flour and buttermilk. the family enjoyed this!  -  13 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)