Baby plum cakes

Total Time
37 min
7 min
30 min
These tender little cakes are perfect to serve as a healthy, pretty dessert after a successful dinner party, or whenever you have some plums to use up. And the mini cakes are surprisingly easy to put together, considering how impressive-looking they are. After making the homemade batter, just press a plum half into the filled cups, then top with an irresistible cinnamon-sugar combination. We highly recommend a nice dusting of powdered sugar right before serving, but that's entirely up to you. This recipe also works well with halved and pitted large apricots, or small peaches or nectarines, if plums aren't your favorite.


All-purpose flour

1 cup(s)

Baking powder

¼ tsp

Baking soda

¼ tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Unsalted butter

3 Tbsp, softened


½ cup(s)


2 Tbsp


1 large egg(s)

Vanilla extract

½ tsp

Light sour cream



3 item(s), medium, red or purple, halved and pitted

Ground cinnamon

¼ tsp

Powdered sugar (confectioner's)

tsp, (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 6-cup jumbo nonstick muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter in a medium bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the sugar; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, beating just until blended.
  3. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Place a plum half, cut side up, in each cup, pressing it slightly into the batter.
  4. Mix together the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the plums. Bake until a toothpick inserted into a cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let the cakes cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. To remove the cakes, run a small knife around the sides of each cake to loosen it, then sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar if using. Yields 1 cake per serving.