Our family lost my lovely Mother In Law Nannie Howard about a year ago; and I spent many years in Kentucky with her. Since my Mom was here in Minnesota, I was really lucky to have the help of such a wonderful lady help me so much in life.

Nannie loved the holidays, and she had special foods that she would make for us. Chess bars, peanut butter balls, and one of my favorites that I never tried to make until now; Plum Good Cake.

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I called my sister in law Val and asked her if she happened to have the recipe. Luckily, she did! She shared it with me, and now I'm sharing it with you.  I hope you enjoy it.


Heat oven to 350, and grease and flour a bundt pan or cake pan. Mix all of the following ingredients well in a mixing bowl:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 jars of plum baby food (Optional: I couldn't find any at my grocery store, so I bought a large can of plums, pitted them, and blended them in my food processor. I could have used maybe one more can).
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. vanilla  (Note: I used 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, cloves & vanilla just because).

Bake for approximately 1 hour. (Note: I baked mine for an hour, but I think it would be moister if it was about 50 minutes).

bundt plum good cake
bundt plum good cake

If using a bundt pan, let cool and remove from pan onto a nice presentation dish. If cooking in a cake pan, just add the frosting to the cake in the pan.


Frosting Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • Confectioner's sugar

Add butter, brown sugar, and evaporated milk to a pot and bring to a boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat. Once the mixture is lukewarm, add confectioners sugar to desired thickness.

I added almost a whole bag of confectioner's sugar, and was able to pour the frosting mixture over the cake in sheets, going back and forth; it was beautiful!

bundt plum good cake
bundt plum good cake

Nannie would decorate the cake with candy pumpkins or walnuts sometimes for a more festive look. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Making it and tasting it brought back so many good memories.

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