Spicy Plum Loaf

Do you love the smell of warm fragrant spices wafting through the house? Do you love a juicy plum? Team these two ingredients up and you have an unusual flavour which just happens to work!


  • 8 medium, firm & ripe plums

Halve and stone the plums. Cut each half into 3 wedges and set to one side.

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice

Combine these 3 ingredients in a small bowl and set  to one side.

  • 180g butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract/paste
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Beat the butter sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Add in the beaten eggs and continue to beat/stir.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt gently mixing into the mixture.
  3. Spread half of the  cake mix into the bottom of a loaf tin, top with half of the plums and then sprinkle half of the sugar mix over the plums.
  4. Repeat this step ending with the sugar mix.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour 10/15 minutes or until the cake skewer comes out clean. Cool before removing from the tin.

Serving – I made a thick but pourable icing with icing sugar and a little lemon juice. You could dust this with icing sugar if time is not on your side. We had it with a spoonful of marscarpone which was quite decadent 🙂 but totally yummy – healthy option would be a dollop of Greek yoghurt.

This is a lovely dense, moist loaf which is worthy of a testing out – perhaps when the mother-in-law is coming over for afternoon tea!

Happy baking xx

Published by


Hi, my name is Sharon, and I live in Albany on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. I started my cooking blog as a hobby during my 'gap year' - 'lessonstodate' to share my family recipes and some personal accounts that come with being a mum, and grandmother - and corporate worker. My love of taking photos had taken a back-seat but recently after spending time on my own while my husband travelled, I found myself picking up my camera again. It really is good company! Looking out at the world and watching it unfold; you don't have to participate in it, just watch and wonder. Sharon

2 thoughts on “Spicy Plum Loaf

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.