This recipe is so much fun to make. Don’t let the word Torte scare you because it is a very simple recipe! This recipe is from many, many years ago and it turned out exactly like it was supposed to. It uses basic ingredients and tastes so delicious!
Source: Marian Burros
Wash the plums and let them dry.
Cut them in half lengthwise, discarding the pit.
In a medium bowl add butter and sugar.
Cream them with the back of a
large spoon until combined.
Add flour, baking powder, eggs and
mix until completely combined.
Grease or spray a springform pan (8”, 9” or 10”).
I greased mine with my homemade
Non Stick Pan Coating Recipe.
Spoon the batter into the bottom of the pan.
Place the plum halves, skin side up, on top of the batter.
Sprinkle with the cinnamon.
Sprinkle with the lemon juice.
Sprinkle with the sugar.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven
for 45 – 60 minutes depending on which
size springform pan you use. I used a 9” pan
and it was done at 53 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Run a rubber spatula around the inside of the pan.
Release and remove the side of the pan but leave the bottom in place.
Slice and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cups (1 stick) salted butter, softened
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 12-14 purple plums
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease or spray a 8”, 9” or 10” springform pan. I used my Non Stick Pan Coating Recipe on my pan. The link to that recipe is: http://indianeskitchen.com/2018/08/30/non-stick-pan-coating-recipe
- Wash and dry the plums then slice them in half lengthwise, discarding the pit.
- In a medium bowl, cream the butter with the 1 cup of sugar.
- Add the flour, baking powder, eggs and stir until completely combined.
- Spoon the batter into the bottom of the pan.
- Place the plum halves, skin side up, on top of the batter.
- Sprinkle with the cinnamon.
- Sprinkle with the lemon juice.
- Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes depending on which size pan you used. I used a 9″ pan and mine was done at 53 minutes. The top will be a golden brown when done.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes then run a rubber spatula along the entire inside of the pan.
- Release and remove the side of the pan, leaving the bottom in place.
Love such fruit cakes. It’s such a shame plum season will be over soon…
I know the fruit season goes so fast!
This looks really good. Thank you Diane!
Thank you Christy it was amazing!
Thank you Diane. Another one for me to try
You’re so welcome Kurian! It’s a good one!
Thank you Diane
I’m definitely going to make this recipe! It seems so simple to make and so delicious too!
It really is Meenal!
I can already taste it!
yes this is the NY Times recipe my mom makes every year. I think it’s famous! We’ve used apples too and it’s divine. Yours looks beautiful. Apparently there is a way to freeze plums so you can make this other times of year besides just the Fall.
Haha, it’s funny it would be called Torte! I mostly make plum cake that looks more like a plum pizza than a torte while using apples for a recipe similar to yours (calling it Apfelkuchen rather than Apfeltorte, though), but this looks awfully tasty indeed and we shall try it for sure. 🙂
I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make let alone delicious! I have never made a torte before. I can see where any kind of fruit would be good with this recipe. Let me know if you like it.
Will do. The Germans use “Torte” for cakes made of layers of biscuit dough and whipped cream or buttercream… A lot less fruity and a lot heavier on the whole, and also a bit more daunting to make, haha.
I prefer your kind of Torte!
Yes this was so simple, however, I wouldn’t mind tasting the German version!
🙂 Oh yes, everything in its season, I guess.
If only the season lasted longer…lol
nice i just saw a bowl of plums….great pictures ad instructions…wow…loved it..
Thank you it was a really good recipe!
oops i have some typos….I loved your recipe so much I reblogged it …
Aw thank you so much! I will check it out.
Splendid ! merci Diane 🙂
You’re welcome and thank you!
Look so good! Thanks for sharing.
This looks really yummy!
Thank you so much!
Baking is always fun! <3 This looks so good.
It sure is thanks Jyoti!
yumm. we do not have plum yet at the moment. It will coming up in oct. will try it out:)
Yummy looking! For years we had a neighbor with a plum tree and he’d give us shopping bags full of plums and my mom made this … always a treat.
Nice neighbor! When you have your own tree you can’t possibly eat them fast enough. I would be busy making plum everything canning or freezing it!
He had peaches too … my mom made peach pie at least once a week. We didn’t get as many peaches because this neighbor lived on a corner and the peach trees were within “picking distance” from the fence and people would walk along and grab one (or more).
Hahaha lucky walkers!
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Thank you! You have a wonderful blog!
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Awwwww that is so sweet!!!! You are an awesome son and your recipes look just as good as mine do so I’m sure she enjoys your recipes just as much! Thank you for sharing that, you made my day!
Only God is great. It’s my duty to take care of my parents because they are old now. My mom is almost 75 & my dad is 81. Previously when i was a small kid & teenager they take care of me & fullfill my all wishes now it’s my turn to make them happy. So they are great & god is great not me. I am just very small. Only a small kid.
Amen! If more people had your faith this would be a perfect world!
I’m a huge fan of fruit dessert, this looks so tempting.
Looks absolutely delicious.
Thanks so much!
This looks so good , mouthwatering!
Nice easy recipe…thank you!
This brings back memories of the damson plum trees we had when I was a little girl. Unfortunately, a blight killed all three trees one year so that was the end of our plums. My mother made pies, puddings, and all sorts of yummy things with those plums. Your torte looks very good. I might look for plums at the store today!
I grew a plum tree because I love them too Janet. It grew into a beautiful tree but never produced any fruit. I’m figuring it either needed a mate or the tree I bought wasn’t a plum tree. Thank you Janet!
This looks good and sounds uncomplicated to make! Will give this a try next year. Sadly, it is too late for this year as the birds and wasps cleared all four trees 🙁
Oh no! It is so difficult fighting nature some times isn’t it? I hope you get them next year.
Haha, yes, it is! Thank you, me too! 😉
Looks great. I don’t have a springform pan. Can I just use a cake pan? Also, can you use other fruit with this? I was thinking of peaches.
Yes use any pan just line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil leaving it stick out of the pan. Lift it out carefully, peel it off and place on a plate. I love the idea of using peaches! I think it would work well.
Just after I read your recipe I was in a grocery store and a worker was gathering up all the plums. I asked him why and he said he was moving them to the front of the produce dept. so people would buy them as the plum season was ending.
Now that’s ironic! I am always so sad when all the fresh produce is done.
I bought a few of them….very yummy!
Diane I have a random question for you. I’ve been on the road for almost 9 years now, staying in other people’s home. A few have had good knives but most places haven’t. When I get to leave where I’m at presently, I’d love to get a few good knives before I go…..one for chopping, a bread knife and a small one for slicing. Do you have any recommendations regarding brands?
That is funny you ask me that, nobody ever has. Over all these years I have tried so many different types of knives. My favorite knife for dicing, slicing and cutting smaller pieces of meats like chicken, round steak etc. is my ceramic knife. I did a post on it a while back. My favorite bread knife is one I bought back in the 70’s and I use it for cutting melons and bread. As for steak knives, same thing, I am using serrated ones I bought decades ago. I’m afraid I have no idea what brand they are, sorry! My ceramic knife is my favorite and I will be adding more to my Christmas list this year. I swear, it cuts everything so well, even my glass 9” x 13” glass dish! I would suggest starting out with a ceramic knife. Mine is a Kyocera and the blade is 4” long. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it didn’t come in a case. It is very sharp so I took foil and made a sleeve to slide mine in and it works perfectly!
Thanks. Yes, since I’m on the road, a sleeve would be nice.
I also just baked plum torte/cake. It was so good! 🙂
Handy recipe to keep.Thank you .Plum season is over here. Could used can peaches in this I suppose .
You’re welcome Kevin!