Delicious, moist and easy to make.




1 cup dates, chopped

2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced

1¼ cups boiling water

1 t baking soda

150 g (¾ cup) margarine or butter

½ cup sugar

1 egg

1 t vanilla essence

2 cups plain flour

1 t baking powder

1 t cinnamon

Icing sugar to dust



  1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Lightly grease a 22cm round cake with oil and line the base with baking paper.
  3. Combine dates, apple and boiling water in a bowl. Stir in baking soda. Cool.
  4. In another bowl, beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
  5. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon together in a third bowl.
  6. Fold apple mixture and dry ingredients alternately into egg mixture.
  7. Pour into cake tin. Bake for 1 hour or until skewer inserted in the centre of cake comes out clean.
  8. Leave in cake tin for 10 minutes before turning out.
  9. Dust cake with icing sugar before serving.


Recipe from Easy Recipes for One or Two

Abbreviations Used in Recipes

utensilst = teaspoon

T = tablespoon

ml = millilitre

g = gram

º C = degrees Celsius

cm = centimetre