Cake & Cookie Recipes > Plum Cake

How to make plum cake:
This is an old traditional fruit cake recipe. Notice that it uses dripping which was basically a recycled fat from the joint and therefore was economical. The cake is called plum cake harking back to the old usage of the word plum which was often referred to any dried fruit.


8 tablespoons dripping
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup currants
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 pint milk
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Sift the flour with the baking powder.
- Rub the dripping into the flour.
- Add the fruit, sugar and salt.
- Mix in the milk.
- Bake in a suitable tin for about 1 1/4 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit (see temperature conversions).