Plum Ginger Coffee Cake

By Shiran

Moist and rich sour cream coffee cake topped with the most delicious streusel made of juicy plums, ginger, and coconut.

Amazing Plum Coffee Cake

Let me start by saying that this cake has made it to the top of my top cakes list, and that’s a hard list to get onto!

Amazing Plum Coffee Cake

The moment I received the book Modern Potluck by Kristin Donnelly in my mailbox, I was super excited. Potluck gatherings have always been a tradition in my family, which makes sense because anything and everything that involves lots of food becomes a tradition in my family. While everyone tends to make their favorite dishes over and over again, I think I am finally starting to get them to try and make new things.

The book includes simple recipes with short ingredient lists and easy-to-follow instructions, which is exactly my style. So far I’ve tried a few recipes and they were all so good, but this cake was the one I had to share with you! It looks so simple that it’s hard to believe just how good it is. This will make any guest of yours satisfied for sure.

Amazing Plum Coffee Cake

The base for this cake is a classic sour cream cake. The sour cream gives the cake a tender crumb and a rich delicious flavor. Then there’s the streusel—my favorite part of any crumb cake and the reason, I believe, why coffee cakes are so popular. The twist of adding fruit, ginger, and coconut to the streusel takes this cake to the next level. You can also use pears or peaches instead of plums, which sound just as good.

Amazing Plum Coffee Cake

This cake is so addictive that I ate 4 pieces in a row the first chance I got. You won’t be satisfied with only one piece because it’s simply impossible. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Amazing Plum Coffee Cake


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5.0 from 4 reviews

Plum Ginger Coffee Cake
Yields: 9×13-inch cake

Moist and rich sour cream coffee cake topped with the most delicious streusel made of juicy plums, ginger, and coconut.
For the streusel:
  • 1 cup (140g/5 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 g/3.5 oz) dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick/113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, preferably unsweetened
  • ¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
For the cake:
  • 2½ cups (350 g/12.5 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks/227 g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1½ cups (300 g/10.5 oz) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups (300 ml) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large plums (about ¾ pound), chopped into bite-size pieces

  1. Prepare the streusel: use a fork to mix the flour with the brown sugar, ginger, and salt. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir until it resembles a clumpy dough. Add the coconut and crystallized ginger, and use your fingers to break the mixture into clumps. Refrigerate.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Butter a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  3. Make the cake: in a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl and using an electric mixer, beat the 1 cup butter with sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then the sour cream and vanilla. Beat the flour mixture into the batter in 3 additions until just incorporated. Scrape the batter into the pan and spread it to the edges.
  4. Add the plums to the streusel mixture and toss. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter.
  5. Bake the cake for 45-60 minutes until the crumb topping is browned and a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake come out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  6. Cake can be kept in the fridge, covered, for up to 4 days.


29 Comments on Plum Ginger Coffee Cake

  1. HS
    August 9, 2016 at 10:32 am (8 months ago)

    My favorite is buffalo chicken tortilla pinwheels.

  2. Chelsie K
    August 9, 2016 at 10:55 am (8 months ago)

    This looks ah-mazing!!
    My favorite is the oh-so odd treat of grape salad. Red grapes, coated in a smooth cream cheese dressing, sprinkled with brown sugar and pecans. Sounds strange… But it will blow your mind.

  3. Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
    August 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm (8 months ago)

    This cake looks so delicious! I can see why you’d eat four slices in a row! I might end up eating half the cake on my own. The plums and ginger are perfect for late summer! (an my favorite potluck dish is a nice salad or pie!)

  4. Alex
    August 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm (8 months ago)

    Love the pics, really mouthwatering ?

    My fav dish would be vegetable lasagna with eggplants and spinach!

  5. Dana
    August 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm (8 months ago)

    My favorite thing to bring to potluck is classic chocolate chip cookies! They are always a hit!

  6. Judith
    August 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm (8 months ago)

    i love potato salad

  7. theresa
    August 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm (8 months ago)

    my favorite potluck dish is baked beans & rice krispy treats, thanks

  8. Jennai
    August 9, 2016 at 9:59 pm (8 months ago)

    I like to bring Dilly Cucumber Bites to a potluck!

  9. karen
    August 10, 2016 at 1:09 am (8 months ago)

    Deviled eggs – people go crazy for them!

  10. Francesca
    August 10, 2016 at 6:06 am (8 months ago)

    Love the idea of putting coconut in the streusel! And beautiful photos as per usual! 🙂

  11. Steph
    August 10, 2016 at 11:53 am (8 months ago)

    Potato salad!!!

  12. Annette
    August 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm (8 months ago)

    I like to make a chunky chicken salad using grilled breasts for potluck meals.

  13. Linda
    August 10, 2016 at 4:55 pm (8 months ago)

    I like to bring salmon or tuna croquettes. People love them and they are fun to make.

  14. Kimberly C
    August 11, 2016 at 12:40 am (8 months ago)

    That cake looks so good! My favorite potluck dish is cheesecake, it’s easy and everyone always loves it.

  15. Caitlin
    August 11, 2016 at 4:10 am (8 months ago)

    Mac n cheese

  16. manda
    August 11, 2016 at 1:58 pm (8 months ago)

    I make cole slaw.

  17. kelli
    August 11, 2016 at 7:31 pm (8 months ago)

    either potato salad or a greek salad.

  18. Grace
    August 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm (8 months ago)

    Peanut butter sheet cake!

  19. Marlene
    August 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm (8 months ago)

    My favorite Potluck Dish is guacamole (with chips).

  20. Lauren
    August 13, 2016 at 10:33 pm (8 months ago)

    I like to make party sandwiches for potlucks.

  21. Wehaf
    August 15, 2016 at 12:49 am (8 months ago)

    I love to take quiche to potlucks!

  22. Leah
    August 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm (8 months ago)

    I love bringing homemade guacamole served in mini tortilla bowls and cheesecake bars for dessert!

  23. Lee mckeon
    August 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm (8 months ago)

    My favorite pot luck is tuna creamette pasta salad

  24. Gib
    August 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm (7 months ago)

    This looks amazing. Hmmm, potlucks – hubbies staple is usually his kick-ass potato salad while mine is usually dessert of some variety – recently I did a vegan pavlova using aquafaba (chickpea juice) as the sub for egg whites, with coconut cream and tropical fruit!

  25. Huyen
    August 28, 2016 at 9:32 pm (7 months ago)

    Thank you so much for this recipe and others!! I made this cake for my husband’s birthday and it was delicious! We also LOVE your coconut cake and cinnamon rolls. They are just so gooooood and the recipes are easy to follow as I have two small children and not a whole lot of time. I can’t wAit to try out more of your recipes. You are so talented!!!

    • Shiran
      August 29, 2016 at 4:38 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you for your sweet words, Huyen! There’s nothing that makes me happier than to know that my recipes make people happy. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy them 🙂

  26. Leah
    August 29, 2016 at 9:20 am (7 months ago)

    Hi Shiran,

    Did you announce the winner of this giveaway?

    • Shiran
      August 31, 2016 at 5:52 am (7 months ago)

      Yes Leah, an email was sent to the winner.


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