Prune Cake

  • Yield: servings


4 eggs
2cups sugar
1cup cooking oil
1/2teaspoon salt
2cups all-purpose flour
1teaspoon nutmeg
1teaspoon cloves
1teaspoon cinnamon
1teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in 1 cup buttermilk
1cup prunes, cut in bite-sized pieces
1cup sugar
1/4teaspoon baking soda
1/2cup buttermilk
2tablespoons butter
1/4teaspoon salt
1teaspoon vanilla



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat eggs in a  medium-sized bowl.  Add sugar and beat well.  Mix in oil.  Sift nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon with flour, and add alternately with buttermilk and soda mixture.  Stir in prunes.  Pour into a well-greased and floured tube pan.  Bake for about one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  1. When the cake is almost ready to be removed from the oven, combine all icing ingredients (except vanilla) in a medium-size saucepan.   Bring to a boil, and remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour over cake wile both are still warm.  Poke holes into cake with a fork or long toothpick, so cake will soak up icing.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: The prunes tear apart easily when soaked briefly in boiling water.  After draining, they can be torn by hand.  The baking powder causes the icing to “foam up” while cooking.


Recipe by Mary Prieto, Los Lunas, N.M.