Ah, yes, the Old Prune. Poor thing. Why is it that prunes make us think of-- well, old people? We immediately think that these are eaten by old folks, who need to stay, um... well, they don't want to be. Never mind. I had flashbacks to my childhood, when my mother (who was probably younger than I am at this time in my life) kept a bottle of prune juice in the fridge. One day, I was thirsty. Really thirsty. So I drank a big glass of prune juice. It was sweet! I liked it. Unfortunately, that night, my mother had to deal with the effects on an eight year old girl who drank almost an entire bottle of prune juice. Ugh. But, now, I guess I'm right up there with my mom. OK, I admit it. I buy prunes. I like prunes. Am I old? It depends whom you ask. But let's get on with it-- what's in this cake? Ordinary ingredients, pretty much pantry staples. Sugar. Canola Oil. Eggs. Vanilla. Buttermilk. Yes, I always keep Buttermilk on hand. I love it's thick, tangy flavor in mashed potatoes, or pancakes, or muffins. It lasts a long while, actually. Otherwise, you can do the lemon juice and milk trick. But it still doesn't match real Buttermilk.
The dry ingredients are whisked together and are ready to meet the wet stuff. You don't need to use a cake mixer, which I soon realized. That's because you mix the sugar and oil, then add the eggs . Simple. Quick.
Ree points out that you don't want to over mix the batter-- so I realized that this is similar to making pancake batter. After adding the buttermilk and vanilla, I removed the batter bowl and manually mixed the batter, until it just combined.
OMG! P-Dub did it again. I think these are her "other" cinnamon rolls-- which I think is her admitted signature recipe. It reminds me of Sticky Toffee Pudding. This so easy to make. 15 minutes of prep-- 35-ish minutes of baking. This is perfect to serve as a brunch type treat. This is going to my office tomorrow. I cannot let this pan of goodness stay in my house. It will corrupt me. I will want to eat it all.
Are you ready to give prunes another chance? This is not for old people. This is for people who love the flavor of spice, all wrapped in warm and moist goodness. By the way, Ree says this cake does NOT have that, um, "effect" on you that prune juice will. It's a good thing, otherwise I'd relive my childhood experience.
Ree has a sweet story on how she got this recipe. You can read it here:
Enjoy! It's good to indulge in desserts, once in a while! This one is a keeper. A recipe card is at the end of this post.