Jack Horner prune cake recipe & cake bars (1958)

Jack Horner prune cake (1958)

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Make a Jack Horner prune cake: Retro recipe

You’ll be proud of this brand-new “one bowl” version of Grandma’s homemade prune cake. So easy, you use uncooked prunes! This recipe makes two desserts: a two-layer cake with a lemon filling, and prune cake bars.

Make a Jack Horner prune cake - retro recipe (1958)

Jack Horner cake recipe

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Jack Horner prune cake (1958)

Jack Horner prune cake

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours


  • 1 cup cut-up pitted, uncooked prunes
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 3 eggs


  1. Pour boiling water over cut-up prunes.
  2. Let stand 2 hours.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  4. Sift dry ingredients together.
  5. Add prune mixture and rest of other ingredients.
  6. Blend thoroughly.
  7. Beat 2 minutes on medium mixer speed on mixer or 300 strokes by hand.
  8. Pour into greased and floured jelly roll pan, 15-1/2- by 10-1/2- by 1-inch.
  9. Bake about 35 minutes.
  10. Cool.
  11. Cut in half crosswise, cut one half into 2 rectangles.
  12. Fill and decorate center of top layer with lemon filling, and the edge with whipped cream.
  13. Frost rest of cake with confectioners' sugar icing.
  14. Sprinkle with nuts.
  15. Cut into 24 bars.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

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