Apple, Date and Sultana Cake

    1 hour 35 minutes

    Stewed apples are added to this fruit cake to keep it moist. Rather than buying a mixed fruit blend I make my own including cherries, sultanas, dates and walnuts.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 1 cup butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 1/4 cups (400g) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
    • 1 1/2 cups sultanas
    • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and diced
    • 1/2 cup cherries, coarsely chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups applesauce, or stewed apples
    • 6 cherries, halved
    • 6 pecan halves

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease a 25cm ring tin. Line bottom with baking paper and grease again.
    2. In large bowl cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.
    3. Combine 1/2 cup of flour with nuts, sultanas, dates and cherries; stir until coated. Set aside.
    4. Add remaining 2 3/4 cups flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt to egg mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened then beat 2 minutes on medium speed.
    5. Fold fruit and nut mixture and applesauce into batter. Pour batter into the prepared ring tin. Arrange cherry halves and pecans on top.
    6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes clean.
    7. Cool upright in pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto wire rack and remove cake tin and baking paper. Cool completely.

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    I have made this recipe twice already, and everyone absolutely loves it!! I like it for the fact that there is not one bit of citron/candied fruit in it. Everything is "natural", and the added applesauce gives the cake an excellent moist texture and taste to it. I'm not a big "cloves" or "allspice" person, so I added a "pinch" more of cinnamon, and it still came out great. I also can't eat walnuts, but added more dates, raisins and cherries to the mix, and you couldn't even notice the nuts weren't in the cake. I plan on making this cake for Christmas, and the best part is that whatever is left (which there usually isn't any) I can wrap in plastic wrap and freeze! This recipe is definitely something worth trying!! I love it!!  -  19 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Okay but forget the cherries, I didn't and was disapointed  -  02 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Excellent, subbed dried apples for dates, moist and light.  -  12 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)