• Serves 12
  • 90 minutes
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 14 Ingredients


This cake is incredibly moist & keeps well in the fridge. It's delicious as a snack, and can also be cut into slices, warmed in the microwave & served as a dessert with cream and/or ice-cream and/or custard.

Ingredients (serves 12)

  • 4 large Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 cup Dates
  • 1 teaspoon Bi-carb Soda
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 150 gm Butter
  • 1 cup Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 2 cups Plain Flour
  • 60 gm Butter (extra)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut


  1. Chop dates in halves with scissors (much easier than using a knife), and place in a small bowl. Sprinkle with Bi-carb soda, pour over boiling water and stir a few times to ensure it's well mixed. Peel & core apples & chop into small chunks. Add to date mixture, stir & allow to cool.
  2. Cream 150 gm butter & caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg & vanilla essence, and mix well. Fold in apple & date mixture alternately with flour. Place in a large greased spring-form cake tin & bake at 180 deg C for 45 minutes. Remove cake from oven prior to spreading topping on cake.
  3. For last 15 minutes while cake is cooking, place extra 60 gm butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, milk and shredded coconut in medium saucepan & stir over medium heat until well mixed. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring well.
  4. Spread topping evenly over cake & bake for further 15-20 minutes or until topping turns golden brown & crispy. Remove cake from oven and cool in tin on wire rack.


This mixture also works well in log tins, or muffin pans, but you have to adjust the cooking time accordingly. The topping is crispy and so delicious, especially the day it is baked.

  • This looks amazing! The coconut gives it that yum feeling!


  • This looks perfect to serve up for morning tea. Thank you for sharing


  • Looks like a sticky yum mess


  • Apple date cake is lovely. Since dates and apples are already sweet, I never add sugar but more cinnamon


  • This sounds awesome! I usually make a date loaf but I love the addition of apples in this!


  • Thank you for sharing.Never tried this kind of cake before.


  • This looks an amazing cake. One I’d love to make.


  • Wow this looks like a fantastic and delicious cake


  • Omg just looking so great will do it one day


  • This sounds very comforting and tasty.


  • Sounds very tasty


  • Great recipe – thanks for sharing it.


  • OMG, this looks divine. Seriously? My mouth is watering. I definitely need to give this one a try.


  • OMG this looks sooo wickedly decadent. YUMM Thanks heaps.


  • This is the BOMB, I NEED to try this but make it Gluten Free so I can enjoy it.


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