By Kevin Williams
This cake will keep you regular. Sorry, couldn’t resist. No, I am sure it is a great cake. This was one that a Mennonite bakery (more about them in the coming days) in Ohio made as a special order for a customer. They had never made such a cake before, but it looks like it turned out tasty.
Jokes aside, prune cakes actually have a rich history in rural cooking and baking. A simple search on the internet shows various recipes for it. They all seem to look a bit different. The prune cake, though, that is pictured here and made by the Mennonite bakery is among the prettiest.
SunSweet, which sells packaged prunes, has a recipe for their own prune cake here.
Below is the recipe for prune cake made by the Mennonite bakery:
OLD-FASHIONED PRUNE CAKE
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup prunes, cooked and seeded
1 cup black walnuts
Mix oil, eggs, and vanilla with dry ingredients. Then add buttermilk and prunes. Thoroughly blend with mixer. Add nuts and spoon stir. Bake 1 hour in tube pan at 350. Dust with powdered sugar. Cool, remove from pan and chill.