Vanessa Thompson Recipe

Homemade Prune Cake

By Vanessa Thompson renee41124

Recipe Rating:
(9x13) 12-15
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Vanessa's Story

This was a recipe my Mother gave me years ago--this can be doubled and even tripled (you may need it). My mother love this cake and it's a favorite of all my family!!


1 c
prunes, pitted
1/4 c
water, warm
1 c
sugar or sugar substitute
3 large
eggs lightly beaten
1 c
applesauce, unsweetened (or canola oil -see note)
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
nutmeg--1/2 if using fresh
1 tsp
allspice, ground
1 tsp
cinnamon, ground--1/2 if using fresh
1 c
buttermilk--see note
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
1/2 c
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 Tbsp
white corn syrup
1/4 c
butter---not margarine
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl , mix together applesauce (or Oil - IF you use oil it does make it a bit flatter and more dull taste ), sugar and eggs. Mix well--almost cream ,and set aside.
Using a food processor-- mix pitted prunes ad 1/4 cup water and puree' until smooth! NOT too much--you just want to see tiny-tiny bits of prune
In a separate bowl SIFT together ALL dry ingredients..slowly add to wet ingredients from first bowl and mix well as you go.When well mixed add..Buttermilk--(IF you do not have any-make it..add 1 tablespoon of viniger to a 1 cup measuring cup and fill to top with milk--let set 3-5 minutes) then add vanills and prunes--mix well but do not over mix o prunes will settle in he bottom while baking..
Pour into a BUTTERED (9 X 13) baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes--it will stick to a toothpick when inserted into middle--so it will not work to check this way..just do not bke more than 45 minutes tops-ori will burn.
5 minutes before cake is done start you icing.
combine all icing ingredients in a large cooker ( it tends to boil over) and LIGHTLY mix together. Turn on medium to medium-low heat and boil WITHOUT stirring--boil for 5 to 7 minutes.. It should have a carmel color BUT , not sticky. Remove cake frm ovenndpour icing ovr immediantly and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes befor serving..can be served warm or cold. ENJOY !!!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breakfast, Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Jane L. Augustson 2wildcats
Sep 13, 2013
My mom would make this every Feb for my dad's birthday and her mom every year for the family reunion but they would summer the prunes in a pan of water then use that water for the cake mix plus cut the prunes up some before putting them in the mix. mom put peanut butter frosting on it grandma would put chocolate frosting on it. Boy it was good I make it now but I put peanut butter frosting on it than drizzle chocolate frosting on top. if you put the cake in the freezer before you frost it you will find that the cake is easer to frost plus the keep very well in the freezer.
Bobby Webb Bobdoescooking
Sep 11, 2013
Looks wonderful Vanessa! You have been PINCHED!!! BOBBY:)