Grain-Free Summer Plum Cake

Published on Aug 09, 2016

  by   Kristina Stosek

8 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves: 6
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Extra moist Grain-Free Summer Plum Cake using delicious Italian plums and almond flour. This is an easy-to-follow recipe combining the natural sweetness of plump summer plums with a handful of wholesome ingredients, such as prune plums, almond flour, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla.

baked grain free plum cake in a pan

This gluten-free plum cake is even more remarkable because it is grain- and dairy-free, making it suitable for people intolerant to dairy and gluten.

With less than ten ingredients, you can create a mouthwatering treat that embodies the essence of summer and brings out the season’s best flavors.

fresh plums

FAQs about Italian plums

What are Italian plums? Italian plums, also known as European plums or Prunus domestica, are a type of plum known for their oval shape and deep purple to dark blue skin. They are typically smaller and more elongated than the rounder plums.

How do Italian plums taste? Italian plums have a slightly tart and sweet flavor. They are less juicy than some other plum varieties, making them suitable for baking and cooking.

What are the uses of Italian plums? Italian plums are versatile and can be enjoyed as a snack, but they are often used in cooking and baking due to their firmer flesh. They are commonly used in making jams, jellies, tarts, pies, cakes, and other desserts.

When are Italian plums in season? Italian plums are typically in season during late summer and early fall, from August to October, depending on the region and climate. This is when they are at their peak flavor and availability.

Are Italian plums good for you? Yes, Italian plums are a nutritious fruit. They are a good source of vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin K, and dietary fiber. They also contain antioxidants that can be beneficial for overall health.

Can you eat the skin of Italian plums? Yes, Italian plums’ skin is edible and often consumed along with the flesh. The skin can be slightly tart but provides added texture and nutrients.

How should I store Italian plums? To keep Italian plums fresh, store them at room temperature until they ripen. Once ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator for a few days. If you have an abundance of ripe plums, consider freezing them for longer storage.

Can Italian plums be used in savory dishes? Yes, Italian plums can be used in savory dishes as well. They can add a touch of sweetness and tartness to sauces, chutneys, and glazes for meats and poultry.

 Are there any other varieties of plums? Yes, besides Italian plums, there are several other varieties of plums, such as Japanese plums, Damson plums, and Mirabelle plums. Each variety has its unique characteristics and uses.

this gluten-free cake is all about fresh plums

Every bite is just as delicious as the other, filled with juicy plums, a hint of cinnamon, a touch of lemon zest, and nothing but deliciousness.

close up of sliced grain free plum cake

grain-free summer plum cake recipe

This grain-free fresh fruit cake is made with less than ten ingredients: fresh plums, almond flour, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt. You can also add a sprinkle of poppy seeds, giving the plum cake extra goodness.

The dough for the plum cake is made simply by mixing the ingredients with an electric mixer, which gives the cake lightness. Once the dough is ready, spread it into a cake pan lined with parchment paper.

For the plum topping, the plums need to be ripe; otherwise, you will have to add extra maple syrup to sweeten them up.

There is something about ripe plums. The juices flow into the cake, adding sweetness and keeping the cake extra moist. The plums are mixed with one tablespoon of maple syrup, a pinch of cinnamon, and lemon zest.

Then, the plums are pressed lightly into the dough and sprinkled with poppy seeds, if using.
The grain-free plum cake takes about forty minutes to bake and then cooled to room temperature in the pan before serving.

top view of summer plum cake in a pan

Why are plums so healthy?

Plums are highly nutritious, containing many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Plums add sweetness to desserts, and this magical fruit also improves the body’s ability to absorb iron. Plums can be eaten fresh or dried and are relatively low in calories.

There are twelve different types of plums. In this grain-free plum cake recipe, I used the Italian plum. This stone fruit is exceptionally juicy when firm and soft, making it an excellent fruit in desserts.


slice of gluten free plum dessert on a spoon


With the summer coming to a close, I wanted to share one more plum cake to enjoy with your family. This plum dessert will accommodate a dairy-free and grain-free diet and is made without refined sugar. I hope you enjoy this end of summer season gluten-free summer plum cake!

Are you looking for desserts made with fruit? Check out our list of gluten-free desserts made with fresh fruit. Enjoy!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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yes Frances, I found the plum cake needed the full tablespoon of cinnamon. Thank you for sharing K.


This was delicious! The flavouring of the plums was especially nice. Not too sweet, either. I used just a teaspoon of cinnamon but could barely taste it so would use the full tablespoon next time.


I added one tablespoon John, but if you feel it’s too much then use less. Please let me know how it turns out, thank you.

John Nevin

A tablespoon of cinnamon? Are you sure. I used a teaspoon. Waiting for the cake to cool.


there is no baking powder or baking soda in this recipe.


No Baking powder/soda required?

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