Moist Prune Cake with Lemon Frosting

moist prune cakeThis prune cake is really moist – I don’t like dry fruit cake and thought the prunes rather than mixed fruit would make it nice and moist – which it has!

I have done the fruit cake recipe a few times and have always wanted to make it with just prunes but have never been game to try it. However i had a bag of prunes in my pantry so thought it’s now or never, and I am glad i did try it as it has turned out a very nice cake. I think that it is actually better than the fruit cake that I make!

Prune Cake with Lemon Icing

It didn’t last long, so it must be good. My sons friend came over and devoured a few slices and he usually eats so healthy he never touches cake, but he made an exception with this one.

I altered the recipe as I don’t like too much baking soda because it makes it too strong (giving it a burnt taste).

Here is the recipe:

Moist Prune Cake with Lemon Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12

Moist Prune Cake with Lemon Frosting


  • 200 grams Prunes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 250 grams butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoon vanilla essence
  • For The Frosting
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon essence
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 150 C
  2. Place prunes along with the water, sugar and the butter into a saucepan.
  3. Boil for about 10 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. Add the beaten egg and vanilla essence.
  6. Add the sifted dry ingredients.
  7. Pour into a 9" cake tin that has been greased and floured
  8. Bake in oven for 1 1/2 hours. Poke a skewer into the center, if it comes up clean then it is cooked.
  9. Turn onto a cake rack once cooked.
  10. For the Lemon Frosting
  11. Tip the water and the essence onto the melted butter then add icing sugar until you get the right consistency.
  12. (Not too runny as it will run off the cake and not too thick so you can't spread it.)
  13. Spread the frosting evenly over the cake.

Prune Cake with lemon frosting


I’m Julie. This is where my love of cupcakes, digital photography as well as writing comes to life! How did this recipe thing all begin? In November of 2012, I made the decision that I needed to keep a log of my recipes, so I started a simple recipe blog. This beautiful collection of cupcakes and cafe delights continues to grow every week and I can’t wait to see where it is 5 years down the road. My grandma encouraged all of my baking. At family gatherings with well over 250 individuals the midst of absolutely no where, she consistently was able to create perfect cherry cobblers along with other goodies for dessert over the campfire. It seemed to be like magic for me.

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