Soft turmeric cake with plums and lots of other spices. A delicious tea cake bound to make you happy! You can also make it with golden milk paste.
Brightly yellow turmeric cake with plums, a super moist and flavorful dessert perfect for tea time!
If you like spicy cakes this one is made for you. Turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and ginger - all in one cake! Alternatively, you can make it with turmeric paste for golden milk, either my recipe or the paste you might have already.
And if you are looking for more sweet turmeric recipes, you might also want to try the Healthy Banana Split or the Muesli with Yogurt.
Ingredients for turmeric tea cake
Regular ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, unsalted butter, sugar, milk, vanilla extract.
- The small Italian plums are best for this recipe.
- They have a suitable size, and they will hold their shape better than regular sliced plums.
- You have two options: you can either use a spice mixture including turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, and nutmeg or you can replace that with golden paste.
How to make turmeric cake?
Use a round cake pan but NOT a springform! If you use a springform the running juices of the plums will make a mess in your oven.
- Butter a cake dish of about 26 cm/10-inch diameter.
- Halve the plums and arrange them nicely in the dish, cut side up. Try to cover as much space as possible, even if the plums overlap here and there.
- Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and spices in a bowl.
- Heat the milk in a small saucepan (and whisk in the turmeric paste, if using that instead of the spices).
- Melt the butter in a small pan.
- In another bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy. Add the milk and incorporate.
- Sieve the flour mixture over the egg mixture and fold in carefully. Fold in the melted and slightly cooled butter as well. Pour the batter over the plums and bake for about 30 minutes or until the cake is set in the middle.
- Let rest in the pan for about 20 minutes then turn onto a platter.
More spicy cakes:
- Pumpkin Fruitcake
- No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Non-Alcoholic Christmas Fruitcake
- Nigella's Carrot Cupcakes
- Apple Toffee Cake
- 1 lb Italian plums
- 1 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon Note
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- one pinch black pepper
- one pinch nutmeg
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 4 large eggs
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a cake dish of about 26 cm/10-inch diameter, not a springform, or the running juices of the plums, will make a mess in your oven.
- Prepare plums: Halve the plums and arrange them nicely in the dish with the cut side up. Try to cover as much space as possible, even if the plums overlap here and there.
- Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and spices in a bowl.
- Heat the milk very gently in a small pan (and whisk in the turmeric paste, if using that instead of the spices).
- Melt the butter in a small pan.
- Batter: In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy. Add the milk and incorporate. Sieve the flour mixture over the egg mixture and fold in carefully. Fold in the melted and slightly cooled butter as well.
- Bake: Pour the batter over the plums and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the cake is set in the middle.
- Let rest in the pan for about 20 minutes, then invert onto a cake platter. Let cool completely.
- Serve the cake as it is or with whipped cream.
It looks so bright, I love it.
This cake looks gorgeous! As I'm really obsessed with turmeric these days, I need to try this cake asap. Maybe with another fruit in season. Oh and I'm quite intrigued by your turmeric paste, need to go check its recipe too!
wow!! first time I am seeing tumeric used in a cake!!! looks very tempting and am very curious about the taste and with such fresh plums!!!
Kate @ Framed Cooks says
I'm loving your turmeric adventures - this looks so good, and so unusual! Keep 'em coming!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
What a great looking cake...and a perfect use for plums! I haven't use tumeric often. I think I need to start using it!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
I love plums, but I've never had a plum cake before!! This looks delicious and I love that you used tumeric in here too! I bet this tastes just amazing! Cheers!
pretty pretty! this would satisfy my constant cravings for all things plum for sure! 🙂
This is one of the most original cakes I've ever seen and definitely the most unusual use of turmeric! Since I use it almost every day (even yesterday I used it for lunch and for the dinner!), I'll be thrilled to put it into a dessert. Thank you for inspiration!
So happy my Blood Orange Up Side Down Cake inspired you. This on looks lovely!