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Grandmother Kingsbury's
Tennessee Prune Cake

Submitted By: Jim Hatcher
Serves: 18
Prep. Time: 1:00

2 cups self-rising flour
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar - divided
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda - divided
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk - divided
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
16 oz. jar pitted prunes - drained
6 Tbls. margarine

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry


-In a bowl, combine flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and 1 tsp. baking soda; set aside.
-With an electric mixer on low speed, beat together eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; slowly beat in dry mixture; fold in prunes.
-Pour batter into a greased 13" X 9" X 2" baking pan.
-Bake in a 350 oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
-In a saucepan, stir together 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1/2 tsp. baking soda; add margarine and 1 cup sugar to pan; heat over medium-high heat, stirring often, until mixture reaches 234 degrees.
-As soon as the cake comes out of the over, poke hole in it with a fork and pour prepared glaze evenly over the top.
-Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes: This was cooked by my mother's grandmother and we had it every Christmas. I never knew my mother's grandmother's name. but my mother's mother Mable Kingsbury Ritts kept it as a family tradition every year. When I got married, my kids loved it and its gone by night. If you don't like prunes, you can omit them and just make a spice cake.

5 Visitor Comment About This Recipe Submit Yours Below!
  • Thank you soooo much for the Prune Cake recipe...Brought back sweet memories of a cake my grandmother & my aunt made when I was little, especially at Christmastime.

  • you don't have to like prunes to enjoy prune cake -- you can't taste prunes in the cake and they only add to the richness of the cake! Thanks from a "Southern Girl".

  • I was happy to find this recipe because I moved to another state and had to leave all my things in storage and my prune cake recipe is there. I want to use it for the church Bar-B-Que Dessert on the 4th and I couldn't remember some of the ingredient amounts. Again ........Thank You ! ! !

  • I loveeeeeeeee this recipe.Reminds me of the old times.Thanks so much!

  • I'm a long way from Tennessee and a long way from my Aunt Pill's prune cake, but this definitely brought back memories. I remember when I first moved to California in the early 80's I was working at Walt Disney Studios and was shocked to find Prune Cake as a desert option! And yes it tasted just like home. I understand Walt Disney himself loved prune cake. Must of had somebody from home in the kitchen!

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