Happy Endings Plum Cake
  • Servings: 12
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (high altitude: add 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can purple plums packed in syrup well drained (16 oz), the syrup reserved and the plums chopped
  • Confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy and light, then gradually add the sugars, beating until creamy and smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs, then the vanilla.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, alternating with ½ cup reserved syrup, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  6. Stir in the plums.
  7. Pour the batter into a buttered 9 x 12-inch pan.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Turn the cake out onto a rack and allow it to cool, then dust with confectioners' sugar.
  10. Makes 12 to 16 servings.
I found this recipe from one of my favorite mysteries. This cake happens to be one of my favorites, as well.