Plum Cake with Yeast Dough & Crumbles

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Plum cake is a sheet cake that is traditionally made from yeast dough, but there are also variants with, for example, sponge batter. The dough is spread out on a baking sheet, topped with plums & butter crumbles and baked until golden brown.

In today’s post, I’ll show you a simple recipe for a delicious plum cake with yeast dough & crispy crumbles. Have fun baking!

Cooked/Baked today: Plum Cake with Yeast Dough & Crumbles
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation Time: 2 hours (incl. resting time)
Category: Baking Recipes, Cake Recipes, Recipes with Plums, Yeast Dough Recipes
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Plum Cake with Yeast Dough & Crumbles

Plum Cake with Yeast Dough & Crumbles

Ingredients for 1 Sheet Plum Cake:

  • 1,25 kilograms plums
  • 550 grams flour
  • 175 milliliters milk
  • 150 grams butter
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • 10 grams fresh yeast
  • Additional flour for the countertop

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • High container for the yeast mixture
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer/Kitchen machine
  • Kitchen towel
  • Baking sheet + parchment paper
  • Rolling pin


…for yeast dough:

Crumble 10 grams fresh yeast in a tall container, add 50 grams of sugar, 1 sachet of vanilla sugar & 175 milliliters of lukewarm milk & stir together with a whisk or fork until the yeast & sugar have completely dissolved.

Preparing Yeast Dough

Preparing Yeast Dough

Next, put the yeast-milk mixture along with 350 grams of flour & 50 grams of soft butter in a mixing bowl & knead with a food processor or a mixer with a dough hook for about 4 – 5 minutes to form a smooth dough that should detach completely from the bowl wall.

…for plum cake:

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work top with a rolling pin until the size of a baking sheet, lift it onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper & allow to rest in a warm place for 45 minutes covered with a kitchen towel, possibly playce a baking frame around the dough.

Baking Plum Cake

Baking Plum Cake

In the meantime, cut 1,25 kilograms of plums in half with a knife, remove the core and quarter it, then set aside. For the crumble, put 200 grams of wheat flour, 100 grams of sugar & 100 grams of cold butter in a mixing bowl & knead with your hands to form a crumbly dough, also set aside.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (top/bottom heat) in good time. After the resting time, top the yeast dough with the quartered plums, also sprinkle everything with the prepared crumbles & then push the baking sheet into the preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes until the crumbles are golden brown and crispy.

Serving Plum Cake

Serving Plum Cake

Take the done plum cake out of the oven, allow to cool down a little on the baking sheet, then cut the cake into pieces & ideally serve it lukewarm with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Have fun baking!

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):

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