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Easy German Plum Cake

Do you like plums?

Not being a fan of fresh plums myself, I balked at making German Plum Cake (called Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen in German). For years. But it’s popular in Germany, so recently I decided to give it a try.

The result? I loved it so much I made it twice.

Look at this gorgeous German plum cake!

Each bite is a delicious combination of tender cake, melt-in-your-mouth sweet plum, and buttery streusel. Even better? Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream a sprinkle of cinnamon.

German plum cake is super easy to make and tastes so good!

German plum cake is the perfect treat to bring to your next work potluck or family dinner. Or just to enjoy a slice in the afternoon with a cup of coffee.

Fortunately, it’s super easy to make! I had the entire cake prepared and in the oven in less than 10 minutes.

Some plum cake recipes use a yeast dough but I opted for the simpler quark-oil-dough (Quark-Öl-Teig), or rather greek yogurt-oil-dough, since I didn’t have any quark on hand (if you want to be authentic, get my quark recipe here). The dough came together quickly, was easy to roll out, and tasted delicious.

Once you’ve got the dough in the sheet pan, all you have to do is slice the plums, mix up the streusel, and then pop the cake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. It’s delicious as-is but even better with whipped cream.


German plum cake is SO good!

Yummy German plum cake!

How to Make German Plum Cake


German plum cake - so easy and so delicious!

German Plum Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This easy traditional German cake is perfect for your next work potluck, family dinner or afternoon snack! 

  • 4 oz greek yogurt (or quark)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 lbs plums
  • 1-2 tbsp cream of wheat
  • 3/4 cup flour (+ 2 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp cold butter (diced)
Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  1. To make the dough, mix yogurt (or quark), milk, oil, vanilla extract, salt and flour in a large bowl. 

  2. Once dough forms a ball, turn onto a floured surface and knead several times until dough becomes smooth. 

  3. Press dough into prepared jelly roll pan (14.5 x 10 inches). Sprinkle the cream of wheat over the dough. 

  4. Cut the plums in half, then cut each half into 4-6 slices. Arrange the slices on the dough so they overlap slightly (skin side touching the dough). 

  5. To make the streusel topping, mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon together. Then rub the butter into the flour mixture. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the plums. 

  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until crust and streusel are lightly browned. 

Recipe Notes

Based on this recipe and this recipe

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