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The Pioneer Woman’s Grandma Iny’s Prune Cake

July 23, 2009
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The Pioneer Woman’s Grandma Iny’s Prune Cake

For the Cake

  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 ½ cups flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees    (my cake took much longer to bake than the recipe noted at 300 degrees.  I ended up increasing my oven temperature to 350 afer half an hour.  If you’re using glass, 300 might work well, for a meatal pan i’d try 325)

Cover prunes with water  and boil until they are very soft (about 8 minutes)  drain water and mash them up really well.

Sift dry ingredients together

Add the eggs, oil and sugar

Combine with the dry ingredients and add buttermilk.  Fold it all gently until it’s combined.  Fold in the mashed prunes.

Pour into a greased 9X13 baking dish and bake for 35- 40 minutes.


Get the caramel topping ready!

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp white corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

With 5 minutes left on the oven timer…..

Combine everything in a saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil (don’t rush it)

Boil without sirring for 5-7 minutes until it’s a dark caramel colour.  If it smells burnt, it tastes burnt!  You’ve cooked it too long, start over!    It should be easily pourable, and if you have a candy thermometer it should not reach softball stage.

Pour onto the warm cake!  The caramel sauce will ooze into the cake and be super delicious!

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