• 850g can Wattie's Black Doris Plums in Syrup
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 1 cup soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • ½ cup dark chocolate bits
  • Icing sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (conventional bake). Grease and line the base of a 23cm loose bottom cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Drain Wattie’s Black Doris Plums. Cut plums in half and remove the stone. Cut half of the plum halves into pieces. Place plums on a tray lined with paper towels to absorb any excess syrup.
  3. Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into the creamed mixture and gently fold in with the ground almonds, dark chocolate bits and plum pieces.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Gently press remaining plum halves, cut side up onto the cake mixture. Bake for 50-55 minutes until cake is cooked. A skewer inserted into the middle of the cake will come out clean when the cake is cooked. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cake rack to cool. When cold dust with icing sugar to serve. Serve with whipped cream or Greek yoghurt on the side.

Top Tips

Replace ground almonds with ground hazelnuts if wished.

Made With

Black Doris Plums in Syrup

Generations of Kiwis have loved Black Doris Plums. Wattie’s makes sure this continues, picking only the finest plums from Hawke’s Bay orchards.

Rate and Review

10 Ratings

Reviews (10)

Grant's Rating
Tracee's Review | Rating

a nice and easy to make cake, the kids love it and it is also easy to change the fruit and have a completely different flavour!!!

leslie's Review | Rating

wowee so yum and so easy to make...
lovely as a dessert or just a slice with coffee...

holly's Review | Rating

I made a sugar free version. Came out a little darker then I would have liked but not bad at all!

Ingrid's Review | Rating

Fabulous, what's not to like. I think pears will work at treat as well. Another one for the "to keep" file.

Sophie's Review | Rating


Mary's Review | Rating

Did you mean only one cup of grond almonds?

Thank you.

Reply from The Food in a Minute Team

Dear Mary,

Yes the recent email accidentally had the ground almonds ingredient list line twice but there is only one cup of almonds in this recipe, you are correct. Sorry for any confusion.

The Food in a Minute Team

Karlene's Review | Rating

Could this cake be classed as Gluten free if I use gf flour?

Reply from The Food in a Minute team

Hi Karlene,

Thank you for your query. Make sure the baking powder and cocoa are both gluten free and then if you use GF flour the cake will be gluten free. As a tip we find that gluten free flour absorbs more liquid than regular flour so suggest you reduce the cup of regular flour by 2 Tbsp.


The Food in a Minute team

Tracy Gaby's Review | Rating

AMAZING!! Especially with natural yogurt! Making this for Xmas lunch :)

Jussy's Review | Rating

Perfect, first time making this and was so yum! Great recipe I too will try pear next time thankyou!