Spiced persimmon cake

    1 hour 10 min

    This gorgeous persimmon cake smells like autumn. Use very soft persimmons for this recipe, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. A squeeze of lemon juice may be added to the puree to prevent discolouration and enhance taste.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 300g persimmon pulp
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 110g butter, softened
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 250g sifted plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 60g chopped pecans (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
    • icing sugar for dusting

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20cm square cake tin.
    2. Puree the pulp in a blender until smooth. Add bicarbonate of soda and pulse till combined.
    3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the persimmon puree to the creamed mixture. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; gradually blend the flour mixture into the persimmon mixture. Stir in nuts and zest. The cake mixture will be stiff. Spoon into prepared tin.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool the cake in the tin for 10 minutes, and turn out on a rack to continue cooling an additional 20 or 30 minutes before serving. Dust with icing sugar, and serve warm.


    You can also make this cake in a 900g (2 lb) loaf tin. Increase baking time as needed.

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    Loved it. And you can say it prepares you for the Christmas to come, the flavours hints toward the festive season . As a tip: use soft fruits, not the hard flesh ones. Also you can roast the pecans before adding them to the cake.  -  16 Nov 2016


    I used gluten free self raising flour instead of regular flour, and I baked it in a Bundt tin. The cake was delicious, but a little crumbly. On balance, I probably should have added an egg to help bind it. It's probably not an issue with regular flour.  -  07 Nov 2015


    My wife made this cake for us after we got a ton of persimmons in our market box. It is moist and delicious -- awesome!  -  30 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)