Polish Plum Yeast Cake

Taste of the childhood in Poland. My Grandma was baking this Polish plum yeast – risen cake on Saturdays afternoons. We were eating still warm pieces of cake with cold milk. Yummy:)

You can have Polish Yeast Cake actually with any seasonal fruits. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb – all would go great with a yeast cake. I love a smell of baking plums, so I choose plums:)

If you prefer apples and crusty desserts you may want to check my Polish Szarlotka recipe.

Polish plum yeast cake on the plate


  • 125 ml/0,5 cup milk
  • 25 g/1 oz fresh yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 75 g/3 oz sugar+ 1 tbs sugar
  • 75 g/3 oz butter
  • 250 g flour/0,55 lb + 1 tbs flour
  • 400 g/1 lb plums

For the topping:

  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Mix yeast with warm milk. Add 1 tbs of flour and 1 tbs of sugar. Mix well. Put aside to rise for about 15 minutes. It should rise by 4-5 times.
  2. Mix an egg with sugar using a food processor. Mix with the yeast mixture. Add flour and continue mixing using food processor. Gradually add melted butter, mix and set aside to rise. After an hour the dough should be about doubled.
  3. Pour the dough into the round baking dish (22 cm diameter). First cover the bottom with a baking paper and grease the edge with butter.
  4. Place plum halves on the top.
  5. For topping: knead the dough with flour, sugar and butter. Sprinkle on the plums.
  6. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes in 170 C/ 338 F.

Your Polish Plum Yeast Cake is ready.

My Grandma was not using strict guidelines, but followed her culinary instinct and experience instead. Precise recipe for the yeast cake, which I liked the most I found on malacukierenka.pl.

baked yeast cake in a baking dish
baked plum yeast cake.
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3 thoughts on “Polish Plum Yeast Cake”

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    1. I added photo captions, you can check how fresh yeast look like in Poland. You can also get instant yeast, then you will need 7 g (0,25 oz) of it.
      If you have a sourdough starter, you can use it as well, you need to rely on your experience on how much of it to add. You will also need more time for rising.
      I haven’t done a yeast cake using sourdough starter, if you do, please let me know how it was.

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