Plum Kuchen – Celebrating Friendship

Plum Kuchen – Celebrating Friendship

So… this recipe has been in my files for almost a year – when I first met my beautiful Argentinian friend, Fla, who I do love dearly – She and I work together on other stuff and hit it off from day one – Although we are both a bit feisty- she more than me – something clicks and I’ve enjoyed having her in my life – She brings with her a familiar warmth and affection – very typical of Indians – where we are not afraid to feel or show that we feel – she shares the same wonderfully close relationship with her family and children that most of us Indians tend to with ours and there was not a moment when we felt any awkwardness in the relationship –
She was supposed to be a guest on my blog and share with me some Italian/ Argentinian recipes – She is of Italian origin. But we’ve had a deadlock about the interview part – I did what I have done with my other interviewees – sent her questions to answer about herself – She does not type these out and send it to me, instead, in this day and age of technology, wants me to physically take notes and paraphrase for her – Now for people who blog, you know how much work even putting out a recipe with pictures is – I held my ground that her answers would b typed by her and sent to me and I would post verbatim – The deadlock continues, but I gave her the heads up about posting some of the recipes she made for me – The first of the recipes that I absolutely LOVED was this plum cake – for Kuchen is nothing but “cake” in German.
Today was to be a special occasion – You see, I have 3 Anitas in my life who have enriched it a lot – My “french” friend whom I’ve known for almost 10 years now, who is as I write, hanging in Melbourne (so jealous), – She also introduced me to Fla whose cake I blog today; my fabulous baker friend Anita Gupta who has been a guest on my blog whose website, Maliha Creations is a sight for sore eyes.  And the third Anita, a UVA grad (soon to be) who teaches Zumba at the university – My Tuesday and Thursday nights were my most anticipated because she as my daughter rightly wrote, set the floor on fire and gave us all the most fabulous workouts – She may think I’m way over the top in my adoration of her, but she is truly an inspiration and I do love her a whole lot!
This last one was the one who was to come over today and the cake was made in her honor – But being a busy student trying to wrap up her undergrad program, she had to bail out of coming today – I am saddened by the thought that she will no longer be teaching here :( – c’est la vie – all good things do come to an end, mostly…no? But I must make the cake again for when she comes over –

I also want to celebrate all the beautiful friends I have made since writing this blog – so many great women out there – I celebrate you today as well –

But my thoughts go back to Fla who is away in Arizona, to attend her son’s graduation – So I am dedicating her cake to that special event in her life – And a friendly word to her – Get back soon, woman- we have work to do!  As for Zumba Anita, a fresh cake in your honor is being planned :)


½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
1tsp baking powder
1 lb of red plums
Fresh lemon juice to squeeze over the cake before baking

Preheat oven to 350
Butter a 9 inch pan (I used pyrex)
Cream butter and sugar
Add eggs 1 at a time
Then the flour with the baking powder
Mix until it s a creamy batter (don’t over mix)
Spread batter into the pan – NOTE – This batter is quite thick and will spread sort of thin in the pan
Cut the plums into halves or quarters depending on the size
Place them over the batter in rows
Sprinkle with 2 tbsp of sugar and add the lemon juice
Bake for 30 minutes on a regular oven not convection
Using pyrex glass can speed up the process
Do the toothpick check

Enjoy mes amies, until the next post

This is off to BAKE FEST, Event hosted by me, started by Vardhini

Linking this to Divya’s Showcase your dessert event


Posted on

May 5, 2012


  1. wow..very unique & lovely recipe..!
    great to know more abt your inspiring friends..!
    excellent post.:)

    Tasty Appetite

  2. Soft and delicious..

  3. So nice of you Priya… But Loved this Cake with Plum.. will definitely try this..

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  4. Tottally in love with this . I just love fruits in my bake so much so that I go weak in my knees for them 😉

    So happy for u , real friends r hard to find and they bring such joy into our lives. I cannot imagine my life without my friends :))) cheers to them

  5. love the way you have places those juicy plums on cake. Great thought behind this post !

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Great recipe, I made one similar but with peaches and a shot of vermouth on top of them. I celebrate you are sharing your Argentine´s recipes, thank you dear :) Hey, come and see my strawberry ice cream!

  7. Very nice cake and plums are really plump! friends are easy to find but the good ones are hard to come by. Treasure them!

  8. I really loved this cake's easy and has basic ingredients which we always have in our kitchen. Just got to buy some plums and off I go….
    Thanks dear..

  9. Looks delicious and nice to know bat your lovely friends..

  10. Wow this is delicious. I love your intro dear.Love all the Anita's in your life and envy you. I know not 1 Anita.Wait I think there was Anita in school with me. I think… 😀

    What do you mean in "Bake for 30 minutes on a regular oven not convection" ? are the oven not the same?

  11. Very nice and delicious .loved the plums in it… and so perfectly done recipe and great and lovely post.:)

  12. This is so nice! I really like this cake. yummy!

  13. Delicious and cute post :)

  14. wow……super yummy dish……innovative too Priya………..

  15. Thats a fabulous looking cake..simply loved this post.

  16. wow, that looks delicious and to have almost the whole plum like that, very new.

  17. Thxs !! Am going to blog about the cake – and hope u r fine if I link it to your blog as it is definitely your recipe :))))

  18. Thxs !! Am going to blog about the cake – and hope u r fine if I link it to your blog as it is definitely your recipe :))))

  19. Just posted kuchen on my blog!! Linked it to this post as u were the inspiration ! Happy mother's day


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