Old fashioned Lumberjack Cake

Lumberjack cake - Cheffing Around

People enjoy and ask for old fashioned cake recipes like Grandma used to make.
This cake is perfect for all age groups and freezes very well.
Great recipe for adjustments as you can add more apple, or less dates depending on your taste.Great with almanac soaked dates or prunes.
Enjoy!!

Lumberjack cake - Cheffing Around

Cheffing Around Recipe of the month for March 2015 is the old fashioned Lumberjack Cake

Ingredients – Cake

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Large Granny Smiths Apples (400 grams) peeled and finely chopped
  • 180 grams Chopped Dates
  • 225 grams Caster Sugar
  • 190 grams Plain Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 125 gram Butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 Vanilla pods, split into two and seed removed

Ingredients – topping

  • 70 grams Unsalted Butter
  • 175 grams Brown Sugar
  • 185 ml Milk
  • 200 grams Threaded or Shredded Coconut

Method – cake

  1. Butter a 24 cm spring form round cake tin and line bottom with grease proof paper
  2. Pre-heat oven to 170C
  3. Combine the apples, dates, bicarbonate of soda and the boiling water in a bowl and let stand
  4. Beat the softened butter and vanilla essence, vanilla seeds and sugar with an electric mixer until it's light and creamy
  5. Add Egg and beat until well combined
  6. Slowly add the sifted flour to the Apple mixture
  7. Mix all together and transfer to cake tin
  8. Bake for 40 minutes at 170C

Method – Topping

  1. Mix butter, milk, sugar in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until the butter and sugar is melted
  2. Set aside until the cake is read

Method – Combine and complete

  1. After 40 minutes baking, remove cake from oven and spread the topping and then bake for a further 20 - 25 minutes until the topping goes golden brown
  2. Cool cake completely in cake tin before removing