Apple and date cake

Apple & date cake slices

I’m continuing to deal with the supply of apples from the tree in our communal garden/ drying green. So far we’ve had butternut squash & apple soup, apple sauce with pork and of course, apple crumble. Not to mention the ones we’ve crunched through without cooking. I was really surprised by how tasty the sweet potato brownies were when I made them sweetened with just agave nectar. For an extra sweet kick as well as some moisture I also added dates to this apple cake and the result was delicious.

Slice of Apple & date cake

Apple & date cake


  • 2 apples, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 220g dates, chopped
  • 250ml boiling water

Dry ingredients

  • 220g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 220g plain white flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder

Wet ingredients

  • 120ml sunflower oil
  • 180ml agave nectar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Set oven to 180C. Start by putting the apples and dates into a bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and pour over the boiling water. Leave to one side to cool. Mix together the wet ingredients. Mix together the dry ingredients. Combine the two and then add the apples and dates including all the liquid. Transfer the mixture into a brownie pan. Sprinkle with a little demerara sugar and some cinnamon if you fancy. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes until golden and risen. Leave to cool before cutting into squares.


7 thoughts on “Apple and date cake

    1. PS I’m guessing you used eating apples rather than cooking apples here? I’d like to know which you used, as obviously eaters are considerably smaller than cookers.

      1. Thanks Penniless Veggie, it was pretty tasty! I used eating apples not cooking ones. They were from a tree in my garden so I’m not sure what variety but definitely eating ones. 🙂

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