Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Grandma Iny's Prune Cake

I bought a big bag of dried plums at Costco the other day thinking they'd be a good snack. They tasted great, but the texture was not at all pleasant to me or the rest of the family! What to do?

Pioneer Woman had the answer {doesn't she always?}! I am loving her cookbook as of late- if you couldn't tell....


image from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Grandma Iny's Prune Cake
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 cup Prunes
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Canola Oil (I used applesauce)
  • 1-½ cup Flour, Sifted
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • _____
  • FOR THE ICING:
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cups Buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon White Corn Syrup
  • ¼ cups Butter
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla
Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Cover prunes with water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft and mashable, about eight minutes. Remove from heat, drain water, and mash on a plate. Set aside.

Mix together oil, sugar, and eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients, add buttermilk and vanilla and stir gently until just combined. Throw in the mashed prunes and stir gently to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX!

Pour batter into buttered baking dish (9 x 13 or so) and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

While cake has five minutes remaining, make the icing:
Combine all icing ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a slow boil. Boil without stirring for 5 to 7 minutes, or until icing starts to turn dark. Do NOT allow icing to reach soft ball stage; icing should be caramel in color, but not sticky like caramel. Icing should be easily pourable.

Remove cake from oven and pour on icing immediately.
Allow to rest on the counter. Serve warm.

NOTE: There is absolutely zero “prune effect” associated with this cake. The end.

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