A Simple Cake Recipe That Will Impress: Plum Kuchen

There isn’t a whole lot that comes close to the taste and texture of a truly homemade cake. But making a cake at home can be intimidating, which is why we buy them already made or use ready mixes.

Not all cakes are hard to make. In fact, there are a lot of very easy recipes that come out really nicely. It’s like…well…having your cake and eating it, too.

If you want to try making a cake that’s easy and delicious, then our recipe for Plum Kuchen is for you. (By the way, “kuchen” means “cake” in German.)

It’s quick and simple, but the taste is superb. Rich and fluffy, the aroma of the cinnamon goes well with the sweet crunch of the crushed almond topping.

Give this a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Plum Kuchen

Serves 8. Prep time: 10 minutes active; 40 minutes total.

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1⁄3 cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 cups pitted, sliced fresh plums


  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil


Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9″ round cake pan with cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil over low heat until it is just melted, and allow it to cool a bit. In a large mixing bowl beat together the eggs, almond milk and melted coconut oil. In a separate bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and spices; then gradually add the sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture and continue beating until fully incorporated. Fold in the lemon zest and pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan.

Prepare the topping by mixing together the ground almonds, honey and coconut oil; it should resemble a coarse streusel. Lay the sliced plums on top of the cake batter, and top with the almond streusel. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Serving suggestion

Serve this dairy-free treat warm with a scoop of coconut sorbet. Cut in 2-inch squares and wrap in plastic wrap for a special lunchbox treat!

Nutritional information per serving

  • 320 calories
  • 17 g. fat
  • 55 mg. cholesterol
  • 220 mg. sodium
  • 40 g. carbohydrate
  • 2 g. fiber
  • 6 g. protein

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