My easy small-batch yogurt plum cake recipe uses a boxed white cake mix and fresh plums. It is moist and full of fresh plum flavor in every bite. This is a wonderful small-batch fruit cake recipe made easy.

If you enjoyed this recipe, then check out my blackberry cheesecake or another favorite, my homemade apple cake recipe and old-fashioned carrot cake recipe.

6 inch plum cake on grey plate with bowl of plums in background.
sweet single-layer fresh yogurt plum cake

Is there anything better than a delicious, fresh yogurt plum cake? This recipe is easy to follow and doesn’t require any complicated ingredients. Plum cake made with yogurt gives this moist and delicious cake a nice texture. So what are you waiting for? Start baking!

Ingredients and Variations

ingredients for small 6inch plum cake on kitchen countertop.
  • White Cake Mix is the base for the cake. A yellow cake or chocolate mix also works very well.
  • Greek Yogurt is used to replace the eggs and oil normally needed for a box cake mix. Using Greek yogurt results in an almost pudding cake consistency. If you want a more traditional cake texture then prepare per the package instructions.
  • Vanilla Extract or Vanilla paste can be used interchangeably.
  • Fresh Plums: Small to medium fresh plums work best for slicing. I use medium-sized plums to line the top edges of the cake; however, you can top the cake with as many plums as you like. The plums bake beautifully.
  • Powdered Sugar is optional, but a little sprinkle on the top gives a hint of sweetness and looks nice for presentation. A combination of powdered and brown sugar sprinkled over the cake when it’s still warm from the oven is absolutely delicious in this easy plum cake.

Instructions

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the oven temperatures are accurate by checking with an oven thermometer. I like this one thermometer sold by Williams and Sonoma.

In a medium bowl use a wooden spoon to mix together the cake mix, Greek yogurt, and water. After mixing stir in the vanilla extract.

plum cake batter in mixing bowl.

Fold in the chopped plums.

plum cake batter with chopped plums in mixing bowl.

Spoon the mixture into the parchment-lined 6-inch cake pan. You can also make this in a small springform pan or a cast iron skillet.

plum cake batter in 6 inch cake pan.

Arrange the sliced plums on top of the cake batter.

plum cake batter topped with sliced plums.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Insert a toothpick or cake tester in the center of the cake to check for doneness.

When cake is fully baked, remove from oven, let cool, and…

  • If baked in a cake pan, run a knife around the edges of the pan and use the tabs on the parchment paper and then lift the cake out of the pan.
  • If baked in a springform pan, run a knife around the edge of the pan and let the cake cool completely.  Once cooled carefully open up the springform latch and remove the pan sides.

Recipe Tips

  • Use a batter whisk to mix the batter easily and quickly. I use this dough Whisk from King Arthur Flour, and one made by OXO is also available on Amazon. This unique whisk makes mixing up all types of batter easy.
  • To easily remove the plum cake from the pan use parchment paper with tabs that overhang the cake pan.

Ways to serve plum cake

How to Store Leftover Cake

To increase the shelf life, it can also be covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe FAQ’s

How do You choose which plums for baking?

A soft plum won’t hold up to baking. For this plum cake recipe, it’s best to select ones that are a little firm.  There are several varieties of plums, some are crispier, and others are very juicy.  I usually select a juicy red plum for baking

When are plums in season?

Plums are in season from around mid-May through October.  Here in Southern California, they start showing up in the Farmers Markets around the end of June. 

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6 inch plum cake on grey plate with bowl of plums in background.

Fresh Plum Yogurt Cake

Light and fluffy plum cake made with fresh plums. My easy small-batch yogurt plum cake recipe is made with a boxed white cake mix and fresh plums. This cake is moist and full of fresh plum flavor in every bite. A wonderful small-batch fruit cake recipe made easy.
4.75 from 8 votes
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Course: Small Batch Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 inch cake
Calories: 159kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup vanilla cake mix
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 fresh plums chopped and sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl use a wooden spoon to mix together the cake mix, Greek yogurt and water.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract
  • Fold in the chopped plums.
  • Spoon mixture into the parchment lined cake pan.
  • Arrange the sliced plums on top of the cake batter.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes. Insert toothpick or cake tester in center of cake to check for doneness.

Notes

Cakes needs to cook longer than what is indicated on the cake mix box because of the added fruit.
Recipe also works well with fresh peach’s or pears.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 286mg | Sugar: 17g
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  1. I made this recipe this week, with a few minor tweaks. I have a small plum tree so when I gathered enough plums (before the local squirrel could) some were still tart. I coated the sliced plum in a mix of white and brown sugar, and cinnamon before mixing into the cake. My family loved it!