A moist and extremely tasty cake, with a crunchy coconut topping. Extra delicious with cream or ice cream.


  • 800 g apples, peeled and cored

  • 400 g pitted dates

  • 2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 250 g butter

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

  • 500 g (2 cups) sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 375g (3 cups) plain flour


  • 125 g butter, melted

  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 cups shredded coconut


  • 1.

    Grease deep 2 * 18 cm springform cake pans, line base with paper, grease paper. Preheat oven to moderate, 160-170C.

  • 2.

    Place dates, soda and water in bowl, cover.

  • 3.

    Using a food processor with grater attachment, grate apples.

  • 4.

    Place apples in bowl to the side.

  • 5.

    Process dates until not large pieces remain.

  • 6.

    Combine grated apple with dates.

  • 7.

    In a large bowl, beat butter, essence and sugar until light and creamy.

  • 8.

    Add egg, beat until combined.

  • 9.

    Stir in apple mixture, then gradually add flour and stir until combined.

  • 10.

    Pour half into each of the prepared pans.

  • 11.

    Bake in oven 90 minutes or until cooked through. If the top starts to brown too much, cover with foil.

  • 12.

    Spread with topping, bake about further 45 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.

  • 13.

    Cool cake in pan.

  • 14.

    TOPPING: Combine butter, sugar, milk and coconut.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 813kj
  • Fat Total 36g
  • Saturated Fat 24g
  • Protein 6g
  • Carbohydrate 122g
  • Sugar 90g
  • Sodium 246mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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If you dont have a food processor grate the apples by hand and dates would need to be finely chopped before the water and bicarb is added.
Cooking time is very hard to determine. This makes 2 large cakes so if the outside browns too quickly reduce the oven temperature slightly and adjust cooking time accordingly. The mixture can be cooked in muffin tins and cooking time reduced. I often make four at once and freeze the others as they take a long time to cook, but preparation time doesn't differ much making 4 (you need a very big bowl though).

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Posted by Scarlet DevilReport
It's a VERY moist cake and quite large, so takes a long long time to cook through. You can make two smaller ones and it wont take so long, just make sure the cake is pretty much cooked through before putting the topping on and baking that.
Posted by Robert133Report
I had a piece of this cake that was made by a friend and it was delicious.
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
waaw.. y it takes that long to cook ???? but it REALLY seems a yummy .. should try it for sure ...