Plum Cake – Finnish Christmas Cake with Yoghurt, Egg-free


Plums are an essential fruit for Christmas in Finland. The Finnish plum cake is made with yogurt instead of eggs.


Plums? Prunes?

I love prunes. I love them so much that I snack on them, and I used to buy them a lot in Japan. By the way, what is the difference between plums and prunes?
When I looked it up, I found out that plums refer to fresh fruits and prunes refer to dried fruits. In Finland, there are many families that plant plum trees, though not apples. Plums are also readily available in the markets.

Plum is Christmas Fruit

In Finland, the fruit of Christmas is said to be plums.
Indeed, plum jam is the major jam that is placed in the middle of Joultorttu-Christmas tarts.
Joulutorttu, Finnish Traditional Christmas Pastry
Christmas tarts filled with plum jam are a traditional dessert found in every Nordic country. In Finland, it is called Joulutoruttu.

This plum cake also has a very Christmassy flavor with lots of spices. If you sprinkle powdered sugar on it, it becomes more Christmas-like. By the way, this recipe doesn’t use eggs, but I was still very satisfied with how fluffy it turned out.

Here is the popular Finnish Christmas recipe.

Milk Porridge - A Traditional Finnish Christmas Dish
Finnish Mushroom Salad with Sour Cream, Sienisalaatti
Glögi, Finnish Hot Wine for Christmas, Glühwein
Carrot Casserole, Porkkanalaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food


Plum Cake – Finnish Christmas Cake with Yoghurt – Egg-free

Plums are an essential fruit for Christmas in Finland. The Finnish plum cake is made with yogurt instead of eggs.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings2 L cake pan
  • butter 175 g
  • plum jam 150 g
  • Greek yogurt 125 g
  • bread flour 250 g
  • white sugar 150 g
  • cinnamon 1 tsp
  • cardamom 1 tsp
  • clove 1 tsp
  • ginger 1 tsp
  • baking soda 2 tsp
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Cake mold (2L)
  • Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  • Grease a baking pan with butter and lightly dust with flour.
  • Melt the butter.
  • Mix all the powders together.
  • Add the plum jam and yogurt to the melted butter and mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into a baking pan.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a bamboo skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
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