Plum Cake with Sloe Gin Recipe

Sloe gin layer cake

  • serves 12
  • Easy

The best use of sloe gin. Team with plums and make a layer cake with wow factor. It's sure to impress your friends, and best of all it's an easy recipe too

Bake this sloe gin layer cake, then check out our homemade sloe gin and sloe gin and plum crumble.


  • butter 200g, at room temperature
  • golden caster sugar 200g
  • eggs 4
  • plain flour 175g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • ground almonds 90g
  • buttermilk 100ml
  • flaked almonds 4 tbsp


  • butter 100g, softened
  • icing sugar 140g, plus more for dusting
  • dark purple plums 3-4
  • sloe gin 150ml
  • golden caster sugar 30g


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 3½. Cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one by one, adding a tablespoon of flour after the first egg. Fold in the flour, baking powder and ground almonds followed by the buttermilk. Spoon the mixture into two buttered and lined 18 cm loose-based sponge tins and sprinkle the almonds over the surface of each tin. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cakes are risen and golden, then cool on wire racks.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, beat the butter for the filling until it’s light and creamy and beat in the icing sugar to make a butter cream. Tip the plums into a pan with the sloe gin and sugar and cook them together until the plums just soften but hold their shape. Scoop out and cool the plums. Reduce the liquid to a syrup.

  • Step 3

    Sandwich the cakes together with some of the syrup and the butter cream. Decorate with the plums, a few more almonds and a drizzle of the syrup.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 494
  • Fat 29.7g
  • Carbs 43.7g
  • Fibre 1.4g
  • Protein 7.4g
  • Salt 0.6g