Simple One-Layer Chocolate Cake with Plum Topping

Einfacher Schokokuchen mit Zwetschgentopping

OK, this simple one-layer cake may not look that pretty, but I am telling you, it is so delicious! We have a one-layer chocolate base, which is then topped with whipping cream infused with cinnamon and plums that are simmered for a while. You need to serve the cake immediately, otherwise you may see something similar as I did, mainly that the plums move towards the plate. But be it as it may, it may not look the part, but it is sooo delicious!

Einfacher Schokokuchen mit Zwetschgentopping

Simmering or roasting plums is very common here in Bavaria in Germany. You can simply simmer them in their own juice as I did, or you may roast them in the oven. I decided for the simpler version and thickened them with some cornstarch at the end. If you are interested in further plum recipes, how about:

Einfacher Schokokuchen mit Zwetschgentopping

Simple One-Layer Plum Cake

Serves: One 18-20cm/8 inch ∅ springform
Prep Time: 20min Cooking Time: 20min Total Time: 40min

This simple one-layer cake is served with whipping cream with a touch of cinnamon and roasted plums.


  • One-Layer Chocolate Cake
  • 130 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 20 grams of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 70 grams of regular sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 60 grams of butter at room temperature
  • 150 grams of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of neutral oil

  • Topping
  • 300 grams of plums, washed, cut and stoned
  • 30 grams of regular sugar
  • 30 grams of water
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 150 grams of heavy cream
  • 20 grams of regular sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon



For the one-layer chocolate cake line a 20cm/8 inch cake form with parchment paper and preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.


Whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the soft butter in chunks as well as the vanilla extract and 60 grams of the milk. Mix for about a minute until moistened and crumbs form. Then whisk together 90 grams of milk, the egg, and oil in a small bowl and add in two steps while mixing. Do not overmix. Spread in prepared cake pan and bake for about 20-22 minutes. An inserted toothpick should come out clean.


For the topping wash, cut and stone the plums and bring to a simmer with the sugar and water. Let simmer for about five minutes until plums release their juice. Meanwhile mix the cornstarch with a bit of water in a mug until you see no lumps, then add to the mix and let simmer for about another minute. The sauce should thicken. Set aside.


For the whipping cream mix together all remaining ingredients until stiff peaks form.


Spread the whipping cream on the cooled cake layer, then add the plums. Serve immediately, otherwise they same may happen to you as to me that the layers start sliding towards the plate.

Einfacher Schokokuchen mit Zwetschgentopping

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