Life like a plum cake

Today I want to share a passage from a book I just finished reading, a book so old that it is a 1912 edition. It is titled ‘ The old Fashioned girl” by Louisa May Alcott. The context is a small sermon given by the heroine Polly to her friends, Tom, Fanny and Maud.


” Life, my brethren, is like plum cake.

In some the plums are all on the top, and we eat them gayly, till we suddenly find they are gone. In others the plums sink to the bottom, and we look for them in vain as we go on, and often come to them when it is too late to enjoy them. But in the well-made cake, the plums are wisely scattered all through, and every mouthful is a pleasure. We make our own cakes, in a great measure, therefore let us look to it, my brethren, that they are mixed according to the best  receipt, baked in a well-regulated oven, and gratefully eaten with a temperate appetite”.

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19 thoughts on “Life like a plum cake

    1. It is true- Susie or Suzie, no matter. I believe in recent times all ingredients are first coated in flour so they don’t sink to the bottom of the cake.
      I think what old timers used to call plum cake is what we call fruit cake now, maybe ?

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  1. I join the discussion to admit that I too love fruit cake. Especially so a recipe for Cherry cake which I first baked years ago when I was a newly married wife. Over the years the recipe has been tweaked to now include sultanas, raisins and even dried peel every now and again. I’ll eat it because it’s fabulous… but I admit that I eat it because I’m a total sucker for fruit.

    Lovely post Susie.
    Sending good wishes ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Timelesslady says:

    Susie, I love Louisa M. Alcott, but I think I have missed this one. My grandmother introduced her to me, and one year for Christmas our grandfather created small chests for all the grand-daughters in honor of the chests the March girls had in Little Women. I have read Eight Cousins. I remember liking that story too. Thanks for prompting good memories in me tonight. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for a copy of this book at book sales, or perhaps find it on YouTube as an audio book. Thanks Susie, Kathy

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    1. I am lad I did, Kathy. I had only read Little Women and those books before- Jo’s boys, Little Men and so on. Never the other books. I am getting the books from our college library- we tell them what books we want and they get them for us from any library they can find them in.
      How wonderful that your grandparents read Little Women and made chests for you girls – what lovely grandparents you had.
      God bless, Kathy.


    1. Marcia,
      I am so happy to meet a fellow book lover/reader like you. I am doing all the possible books I can lay my hands on of L. M. Montgomery. I started off with the ” Anne” series. Recently I came to know she had written lots more than ” Anne”. I just finished ” A tangled web”.

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