sharing recipes from one generation to the next
I was making this cake long before it gained commercial popularity in cafes across Melbourne. It came to me during a whole food hippy phase in the early eighties, cake that was acceptable as wholesome food because it had a few nutritious ingredients, never mind the volume of sugar! It is a great cake, moist, dense and very yummy!
Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and line it with baking paper.
Step 1 ingredients:
185 g dried dates
2 large cooking apples
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup of boiling water
Step 1 method:
Roughly chop the dates. Peel core and chop the apples. Combine the dates apples and bicarb in a bowl then pour over the boiling water. Allow to cool.
Step 2 ingredients:
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups plain flour
Step 2 method:
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla essence and egg. Stir in the flour then the cooled fruit and all its liquid. Thoroughly combine. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin, smooth the surface then bake for approximately 1 hour, or until the cake is cooked.
Step 3 ingredients:
90g shredded coconut
1/3 cup milk
½ cup brown sugar
Step 3 method:
Combine the milk, butter and brown sugar together in a small saucepan. Stir over a low heat to melt the butter then stir in the coconut. Spoon the topping evenly onto the hot cake and then return the cake to the oven for a further 20 minutes. Cool in the tin. Turn out when cold.
Store in an airtight container. It will keep well if you can resist!
hi I am going camping will this keep for 4 days in a container?
Absolutely, it will stay very moist. Have fun in the great outdoors
This cake is amazing! I’ve made it twice now using aquafaba (vegan egg replacement), vegan butter and soy milk and it is fantastic. Such a lovely soft texture and very yummy
Thanks Bec, I agree it is a fabulous recipe, I’m glad you like it. It’s good to hear that it translates to vegan ingredients with ease
Will the cake overcook, if I put it in oven again after adding the topping?
No not at all, the topping needs to be baked on to caramelize the sugars
I am tempted to try this. Surely would me making sometime soon :). Thanks for sharing.
It’s a delicious cake, do give it a try.