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Plum Loaf Recipe

This Plum Loaf Recipe makes a delicious and tender loaf.  Made with fresh plums this bread is sweet, spicy and so scrumptious!

This recipe is a great way to use up the less desirable plums you have sitting in your fruit bowl…you know the ones…they’re sad and a little shrivelled and no one will eat them?  Yes those.  They’re perfect for baking!

Slices of plum loaf on a cooling rack

Sweet and Tart Plums are delicious in cakes!

Plums are SO delicious when they’re baked into a sweet cake, they provide the perfect amount of sweet and tart to the loaf.  Plums also look SO pretty when they’re baked…they turn into this gorgeous deep purple colour.

A top down view of slices of plum loaf on a cooling rack

Moist and Spicy!

The base of this loaf is a sweet vanilla cake spiced with ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.  But what really makes this loaf delicious is the addition of sour cream. Yes.  Anytime sour cream is added to a cake, it’s guaranteed to be moist and flavourful.

A front view of slices of plum loaf on a cooling rack

The Finishing Touch

I like to finish off these loaves with slices of plums added to the tops of the batter before baking.  It’s a delicious and decorative touch!

A top down view of a plum loaf on a cooling rack

Plum Loaf Recipe Tips:

  • Plums:  You can use any type of plums for this loaf recipe.  My favourite are the prune plums (or sometimes called sugar plums).
  • Pan Size:  I use standard loaf pans (1 lb. Pan: 8″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ high)
  • This loaf freezes well.
  • Make sure to line your loaf pans with parchment paper.
  • Add sliced plums to the tops of your loaves before baking, for a delicious and decorative touch.
  • Allow the loaf to rest for at least 1 hour before eating it

Plum Loaf Recipe

This Plum Loaf Recipe makes a delicious and tender loaf.  Made with fresh plums this bread is sweet, spicy and so scrumptious!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
  • Category: Loaf


  • 2 cups chopped plums
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare 2 loaf pans by lining them with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  3. In a bowl mix together the chopped plums and 2 tbsp of flour.  Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter, white sugar, vanilla and egg, until smooth and fluffy.
  5. In a different bowl mix together the sour cream and brown sugar.
  6. Then add the sour cream mix to the egg mixture, and mix well.
  7. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and baking soda.
  8. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix.
  9. Fold in the chopped plums and mix together until combined.
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
  11. If you like, add some slices of fresh plums to the top of your loaves (refer to pictures).
  12. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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  1. We have a plum tree loaded with yellow plums and I have made jellies, jams, vinegars etc. I wanted to find something else to make and found this recipe. The kitchen smelled devine while they were baking!! I don’t think the loaves will last in my house as the first one is almost gone in less than 24 hours! Really great recipe and I am sure you can use any type of plums. Really good toasted as well for breakfast. I added pecans to the next batch and am keeping this recipe handy for the future! Thank you so much for sharing this and helping me do something else with my massive harvest of plums!