Whole-wheat flour and wheat germ are in both the cake and the topping of this heart-healthy dessert. If persimmons aren't available, use plums instead. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Diabetic Living Magazine


Streusel Topping
Persimmon Cake


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare Streusel Topping: In a small bowl, combine sugar, all-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, wheat germ, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in butter.

  • To prepare Persimmon Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set pan aside. In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat pastry flour, wheat germ, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice, and salt; set aside.

  • In a large bowl, combine sugar and oil; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add egg and vanilla to sugar mixture; beat on medium speed about 1 minute or until creamy, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Stir in milk. Using a wooden spoon, stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Arrange chopped persimmons or plums over batter. Sprinkle Streusel Topping over fruit.

  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm or cool, cut into squares, with dessert topping, if desired.


Tip: Leaving the peel on the persimmons or plums adds fiber to this luscious coffee cake.

Nutrition Facts

148 calories; total fat 4.6g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.9g; cholesterol 2mg 1% DV; sodium 69mg 3% DV; potassium 76mg 2% DV; carbohydrates 24.8g 8% DV; fiber 1.5g 6% DV; sugar 10g; protein 2.6g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 577IU; vitamin c 2mg; folate 29mcg; calcium 25mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 10mg.