Apple and Date Cake Recipe: Perfect Cake for The Winter Season

Apple And Date Cake

Winter is coming, and it's time to start getting creative in the kitchen...

With family and friends!

That is exactly what a sticky date and apple cake has to offer. This old-fashioned delight uses the natural sweetener, dates, along with your favourite kind of apples and a delectable coconut topping. 

Let's take a look at this delightful apple and date cake recipe and see how easy it is to bake one in the comfort of your home.

Apple and Date Cake Recipe

  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 1 hr
  • Servings: 10


  • 150g butter at room temperature
  • 150g Sunnah Whole Food Date Jam
  • 80g blanched almond meal
  • 300g apple, peeled, cored, and cut in pieces
  • 80g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts and raisins

For the coconut topping: (Optional)

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
  • 3 tbsp Date Syrup
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp milk


  • Baking tin/pan
  • Baking paper
  • Two bowls
  • Hand mixer

Here's How to Make a Sticky Date and Apple Cake

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Before you start baking the apple and date cake, preheat your oven at 180°C (350°F). When you've got the right temperature from the get-go, it will make your job easier and save you precious time.

Step 2: Grease the Cake Tin and Line With Baking Paper

Grease the sides and line the base of an 8-inch (20 cm) cake tin with baking paper. Make sure you grease and line your cake tin to prevent the cake from sticking to the side whilst baking.

Step 3: Cream Butter and Date Jam in a Bowl

Get a standard mixing bowl and cream the butter and date jam using a hand mixer until well-combined. Mix on a medium speed until the batter becomes nice and creamy. 

Step 4: Add Eggs to the Butter and Date Mixture

Separate the yolks out and add them one by one to the mixture whilst continuously mixing. Make sure everything is combined well. Bonus tip: fold in the whites of the eggs to the final mix for a light, airy batter. 

Step 5: Combine the Dry Ingredients With the Wet Ingredients

Mix sifted flour, almond meal, baking powder, cinnamon powder and vanilla extract in another bowl. Whisk the contents with the batter. Next, gently fold the apple pieces in and make sure they're evenly distributed.

Step 6: Place the Cake in the Oven for Baking

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin. Top with pecans and raisins for a lovely crunch and bake at 180°C (350°F) for 30 minutes. You can check if the apple and date cake is ready by inserting a skewer or toothpick in the centre. If it comes out clean, it's done.

Step 7: Prepare the Coconut Topping (Optional)

Melt the butter and honey in a microwave. Once the mixture is liquid, stir in the milk and desiccated coconut. Spoon this mixture on top of the baked apple and date cake to form an even layer. Place it back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

Step 8: Remove the Cake From the Oven and Let It Cool

Place the cake on a cooling rack, and allow it to cool in the tin for at least 15 minutes. Slice into squares and gently lift out with a spatula or cake flip. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream. 

Recipe Notes

  • This sticky date and apple cake will store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days.
  • If the cake isn't cooked yet, but the topping is starting to brown quickly, cover the top with aluminium foil.
  • A springform tin lets you remove the cake without turning it.

A Winter Delight!

An apple and date cake can be made a few days ahead of time. In fact, the flavours of this cake just get better over time. Besides, this date and apple cake with coconut topping is the perfect match for a winter morning tea.


Date And Apple Cake FAQs

1. What are the best apples to make an apple cake with? 

While the apple and date cake recipe doesn't call for any specific varieties, Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples can give you the best bang for your buck. If you prefer your cake to be like more of a tart, or for a sweeter experience, go with Gala or Fuji.

2. Should apples be peeled for apple cake?

Yes. As the apples bake, the skin tends to pull away from the flesh of the apple, creating a strange texture. So, take the time to peel the apples before you beat them in.


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