With Zwetschkenfleck (literally “fruit or Plum Cake”) some will think of a fruit mark or stain on their clothing. This recipe, though, involves a traditional Austrian dessert. A fresh, light yeast dough combined with fresh fruit from your own garden, balcony or the market makes a fruity sweet delight which is called “Fleck” in Austrian. It is particularly moist if made in a tray.



For the yeast dough:

  • 300 g flour (smooth)
  • 175 ml milk (luke-warm)
  • 12,5 g yeast
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 40 g icing sugar
  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar
  • 1 dash of lemon juice
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the crumble:

  • 150 g flour (smooth/fine)
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt


  • 2 tbsp plum jam
  • 1 kg plums (stones removed)

Directions for Plum Cake

  1. Make the pre-ferment: sieve the flour into a bowl and make a hollow in the centre. Mix cold milk and hot water to form a luke-warm liquid, add the yeast and dissolve in this. Carefully pour this into the hollow of the flour and knead to form a dough. Cover with a cloth and leave to stand in a warm place for approx. 30 minutes. The pre-ferment is ready as soon as cracks begin to appear on the top and the dough has considerably increased in size.
  2. In the meantime, beat butter until frothy. Mix egg yolk, sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon juice and salt and then mix with the butter mixture.
    Pour the egg mixture into the pre-ferment and add the remaining flour and knead until the dough is smooth. Cover and leave to stand in a warm place again for approx. 20 minutes.
  3. Make crumble and mix the flour, butter, granulated sugar and a pinch of salt and knead well.
  4. Wash, halve and stone the plums.
  5. Roll out the dough on a baking tray and brush with plum jam and place the plums on the dough in a fan shape.
  6. Sprinkle the crumble over the plums and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees/ 400 °F for 25 minutes.


Plum Cake, or better fruit cakes are always in season and are super versatile – use your favourite fruits to create a unique new taste.