last minute plum cake (christmas fruit cake)

If you’re looking for a quick and easy last-minute plum cake for Christmas, you can try this simplified recipe. While traditional fruitcakes benefit from longer soaking and aging, this version aims to capture the essence of a festive plum cake without the extended preparation.

Quick Last-Minute Christmas Plum Cake


  • 1 cup mixed dried fruits (raisins, currants, chopped dates, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the Fruits:
    • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the mixed dried fruits and orange juice. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until the fruits absorb some of the liquid. Allow it to cool.
  3. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a separate bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add Eggs and Vanilla:
    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  6. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  7. Add Fruits and Nuts:
    • Fold in the soaked dried fruits and chopped nuts into the batter.
  8. Adjust Consistency:
    • If the batter is too thick, add milk gradually until you achieve a dropping consistency.

  1. Pour into Pan:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and spread it evenly.
  2. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  1. Cool and Serve:Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Optional: Dust with Powdered Sugar
    • Once cooled, you can dust the top with powdered sugar for a festive touch.

This quick and easy plum cake captures the spirit of Christmas without the lengthy preparation. Serve it as a delightful treat for your festive celebrations!

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