Angela Merkel’s Plum Cake Crumble

Do you know how much of a food nerd I am? I write to famous people and ask them for their favourite recipe. Sometimes they reply (or at least their aides do).

Who is Angela Merkel? She's the Chancellor of Germany and, according to Forbes Magazine, the second most powerful person in the world.

The story goes that she loved to brag about her cooking and baking skills and her famous plum cake became a measure of how much time she was able to afford her private life and her husband. As a junior minister she was still able to have two or three baking weekends each plum season, but alas, since becoming Chancellor, her baking days are almost non-existent.

This is her recipe her aide emailed me as translated from German by me and Google.


1.5 kg plums
700 g flour
200 g butter
200 g of sugar
30 g yeast
about 1/4 l milk
1 egg
1 packet of vanilla sugar
Pinch of salt

Putting it all together:
Mix about 500g of sifted flour with warm milk and yeast to a dough and let rest for 15 minutes.

Add 50 g melted butter, 50 g sugar, salt and an egg to the dough and knead until the dough is easy to detach from the bowl.

Let the dough prove for at least 30 minutes.
Wash plums, cut in half and remove seeds.
Place the dough on greased baking tray and cover with plums.
Mix the rest of the ingredients together - flour, sugar, vanilla sugar and soft butter – and sprinkle over the cake.
Bake at 210°c for about 30 to 35 minutes.