Plum Cake with Anise Seeds

When was the last time you had a really good dessert? Yesterday? A week ago? Christmas? Last year? Never? 

Oh you poor soul. Desserts are meant to be had and enjoyed. A second helping? Yes, PLEASE?!?!

One of our favourite recipes to make and eat and then make again is plum cake. It is soooooooooo good! The tartness of the plum compliments the sweetness of the cake. It also goes great with plum sake. If you have never had plum sake before you should definitely try it. It goes great by itself or if you want to use it as the base for a cocktail then you can be our new friend ( we have cookies and brownies). 

Now back to what we were saying before alcohol got introduce, plum cake…. yup try it. 

We came up with our own recipe and actually made it. It was very delicious because we ate it in one sitting. Then we made it again and at the majority of that as well. 

This delicious dessert makes 8 servings, if you want more then double the recipe.


1 egg

1/2 cup of butter (melted) plus 1 tbsp to oil baking dish

1 tsp of baking powder

1/2 cup of evaporated milk

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

4 plums (sliced thinly)

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of flour

1/4 tsp of salt

1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg

2 anise seeds (crushed into smaller pieces)


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Use the 1 tbsp of butter to oil your baking dish then lightly dust with flour. (We used a 8 inch pie dish)

Reserve 1 tbsp of sugar and mix the rest in a bowl with the melted butter and egg. Continue to mix until smooth

In another bowl sift the dry ingredients together; Flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar baking powder.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl with wet ingredients and mix until the batter is smooth.

Add the crushed anise seeds to the batter and let sit for 10 minutes’

When 10 minutes has passed blend the crushed seeds into the batter until it is fully incorporated.

Place sliced plums in any pattern you desire at the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of sugar (We made spirals) If you have extra slices left over you can eat them or place them on top of the batter.

Pour the batter into the baking dish and place the extra plum slices on top.

Bake for 30 – 45 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

You can serve this with ice cream (We recommend Vanilla) or eat just as it.

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